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Best Halloween Novels and Stories

By Kristin Masters. Oct 24, 2012. 3:55 AM.

Topics: Horror, Book Collecting, Science Fiction

Are you ready for a spook-tacular Halloween? The right stories can help you get into the spirit of the holiday. If you're looking for a terrifying tale, look no further! Check out novels and stories in one of these genres.

Old-Fashioned Tales of Ghouls, Goblins, and Ghosts

Witches and warlocks, ghosts and goblins are clearly perfect subjects for Halloween reading. This year, look beyond the standbys like Edgar Allen Poe and Washington Irving; discover ghost tales from beloved modern authors. A few favorites include scary series from Angie Sage, Anne Rice, and Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black.


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Tried-and-True Gothic Horror

The Gothic novel truly elevated the horror tale. Stories like The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Monk brought the monstrous and horrific to the forefront, while the characters of Dracula and Frankenstein have become cultural icons. Indulge in one of these classics, or explore modern adaptations of Gothic tales like Mysteries of Winterthurn by Joyce Carol Oates.



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True Crime Stories

Sometime the real world is just as horrifying as what authors can dream up. Not for the faint of heart (or stomach), the true crime genre was elevated to literature with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and continued by current authors such as Ann Rule. If the true crime is a bit much, try novels about  true-crime investigators: The Whole Truth by Nancy Pickard or True Crime by Max Allan Collins.


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Psychological Thrillers

We all love psychological thrillers. The relatively new genre has emerged and thrived in the past few decades with modern classics like the Silence of the Lambs books by Thomas Harris. Other outstanding authors of psychological thrillers include Lawrence Block, John Le Carre, and Dean Koontz.

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Kristin Masters
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