13 Terrifying Books to Read This Fall


Spooky Season is upon us! Finally!! Give me all the pumpkins, scarecrows, and scary movies there are. Okay, okay I may be a little earlier, but 2020 has been rough y'all. While movies are great, there is something extra special about getting lost in a book. Finding that magical book that is the perfect mix of suspense, thriller and a few super creepy moments is wonderful to behold. From the classics to more modern fakes on on ghosts, zombies, and killers. There is definitely something for everyone. These 13 terrifying books are perfect to read this fall. 

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Stephen King is back with 4 new novellas in this collection. A true master of the macabre, King has come back to the novella form time and again. These 4 tales are not onlh spine-tingling but though provoking as his stories always are. Besides, who doesn't love Stephen King?

White Out by Danielle Gerard

In the small town of Hagen, North Dakota, the town's only detective, Kylie Milliard, must piece together 2 separate incidents. She is investigating the murder of a woman found in a dumpster. The same night, Lilly Baker is involved in a car accident on an icy road. However, when Lilg awakens, she has no idea who or where she is. Kylie discovers a dark connection between Lily and the murdered woman. Will Lily be able to help her connect the pieces of this dark puzzle?

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Theo Farber is criminal psychologist that has waited for years to speak to Alicia Berensen. Once a famous painter, she is now in a psychiatric facility after being convicted of her husband's murder. However, no one knows the full story because Alicia has gone silent. In his search for answers, will Theo let Alicia's case consume him or will he discover the truth? 

The Bone Jar by S W Kane

Two different murders occur back to back at Blackwater Asylum. Detective Lew Kirby and his partner have the task of figuring out if the two deaths are related. Rumors of underground bunkers and horrible psychological experiments persist during the investigation. Connie Darke comes to the assistance of the detectives but she has her own motives for being there. Her sister died at the asylum in an accident. Will they be able to uncover the truth and find the killer?

I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

One year after a young girl, Anna, goes missing, Ella's Longfield is receiving threatening letters. She fears for her safety but also feels guilty. She was on the train with Anna the day before she disappeared. Anna and a friend were talking to two men. Once Ella's realized they were just out of prison, she decided to take action. However, before she does something stops her. Everyone around Anna appears to be keeping secrets... her parents, her friends..  all are quiet. Ella is determined to discover the truth. 

It Ends With Her by Brianna Labuskes

Simon Cross prefers redheads. This is a fact that FBI Agent Clarke Sinclair knows about the serial killer. For as long as she has been perusing him, his MO has been the same. He takes a redhead, she finds the body, and only after this does he kidnap his next victim. She is on his trail after his latest abduction, but, before she find the victim, he kidnaps another woman. This time a blonde... his MO had changed. She is playing his game but will Clarke be able to escape and get her guy? 

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

If you like graphic detail with amazing character development, Chelsea Cain's Heartsick is what you need to read. Archie Sheridan was under the spell of Gretchen Lowell. The female serial killer who caught him instead of the other way around. After a week or so of holding him hostage with her sick games, she just let him go. Now, addicted to pain pills and trying to get over her... Archie has to pull himself out of the funk he is in. A new killer is in town taking teenage girls off of the streets. Whils journalist Susan Ward is profiling Archie and his team, he enters a dangerous game with Gretchen, who has been in prison since Archie was released. Will he succumb to will her again?

Intercepts by TJ Payne

TJ Payne has written a book not only gruesome but is a definite page turner. This creepy book is centered around Joe. He works at a facility that is doing human experimentation. Despite experimenfs that went horribly wrong, they did not stop. Now, the process of unlocking hidden abilities is so close to being perfected. Then one day, his work goes home with him. Find out what happens in this unsettling book. 

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Charlie Manx drives around in a 1938 Rolls Royse Wraith. He takes his passengers mysteriously all around on roads across the country leading to Christmasland. Along their journey, his small passengers start to transform. Enter, Vic McQueen who has a knack for finding lost things. Just like Charlie Manx, Vic has a special gift. Until one day, Charlie finds Vic. He takes her for a ride but she manages to escape. Years later, she begins her mission to destroy Charlie after he has taken something so very precious to her.

Gilchrist by Christian Galacar

Peter and his wife, Sylvia, move to the New E gland town of Gilchrist. In need of a fresh start after a personal tragedy, the couple feels this lake house is what they need. As they settle in, they begin seeing a strange, scary creature. Several deaths occur and they meet a child who seems to be special. The couple proceeds down a dangerous road that makes them question their decision of moving to this town. 

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

Horror author Sam McCarver has recieved an invite to spend Halloween at the Finch House. The abandoned house sits in the middle of nowhere. No one has entered the house in years, but this group of 4 writers are up to the task. At least the thought they were. When entering the house, they awaken a dark entity but that wants to make sure they do not survive the night. 

The Whisper Man by Alex North

The town of Weatherbank has a disturbing past. A serial killer roamed the town years ago. Whispering outside his victims windows until her was finally caught. As Tom and his son, Jake, are getting used to their new home after a tragic death, tragedy strikes again. It is reminiscent of the Whisper Man. They unwittingly are drawn into the investigation when Jake hears whispers at his window. Detectives race to find the missing child, but will they find him in time while also protecting Jake?

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This classic novel has been terrifying audiences for years. With multiple TV and movie adaptations, they pale in comparison. When four people enter Hill House, they are not sure what to expect. Among the four is an occult scholar who is determined to get evidence of a true haunting. Their first experiences seem spooky but, little do they know, Hill House is just getting started. 

Are you scared yet? At minimum you should be intrigued. These 13 novel are guaranteed to give you goosebumps as well as a few frights. So, pull up a chaid by the fire, grab your favorite blanket, a cup of tea and prepare to be scared. 


  1. This is definitely the most horrific list of books for the fall. You have listed down most horrific but equally the most interesting ones.

    1. thanks! I certainly think these are some the best!

  2. This is looking like such a juicy but also obviously scary list lol

  3. This looks good for readers. I am not a fan of scary novels or anything scary that is. But if i was i'd be very excited about this list.

    1. scary definitely isn't for everyone and that's okay! I also love science fiction and a lot of YA novels are excellent.

  4. The Silent Patient and The Whisper Man were excellent! I will have to add the others to my list. I love a good spooky thriller!

    1. The Silent Patient is one of my favorite books this year!


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