Our October reading challenge is to pick up a frightening book. Maybe we’re scaredy cats, but we can think of quite a few things that scare us: haunted houses, killer clowns, and the Infinite Jest page count. To help out other readers participating in this challenge, or those just trying to pick a spooky read for Halloween, we’ve broken down our fears and offered recommendations for each. Fair warning, you may want to pick up a nightlight before diving in.
You’ll Never Sleep Again
We promised nightmare fuel, and these classic novels are sure to deliver it.
Cover Your Eyes
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, making these picks extra terrifying.
Because sometimes real life is scarier than fiction.
Variety is the spice of life.
Frighteningly Long Page Counts
In case you need a reading recommendation and a doorstop.
Don’t Look Under the Bed
Vampires, monsters, and spirits—oh my!
Trust No One
Significant others, neighbors, and even your own mind can’t be trusted in these unsettling tales.