18 spine-chilling reads for Halloween
Scare yourself silly this Halloween with one of these hair-raising thrillers - tried and tested by
sadistic brave Mumsnetters
Ice Twins by SK Tremayne
"Bloody hell it was scary! I started reading this at bedtime and finished about 2am."
"A real page-turner with an unexpected twist at the end... The atmospheric setting and its isolation really adds to the power of the story."
Behind Closed Doors by AB Paris
"I literally didn't put it down! It's disturbing and chilling but it's the best book I've read in a while."
"I was chilled to the bone reading it!"
Collected Ghost Stories by MR James
"These ghost stories are fab, especially The Ash Tree, and Lost Hearts. I re-read them every Christmas; all you need is a panelled room and a crackling open fire to really get the atmosphere!"
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
"Truly terrifying. I could only listen to the audiobook during the day, because the actual text would give me nightmares!"
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
"It's the creeping dread you get as the story develops that makes it a great read."
"Most of Chuck Palahniuk's books make for uncomfortable reading - in a good way. They're unsettling."
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
"The best ghost story for adults I've read in years. Intelligently written, a real page-turner with some disturbing aspects that make you question the narrator."
"Lots more going on beyond the ghost story. A fantastic read."
Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe
"I read Naomi's Room a couple of weeks ago and it scared me silly; first time I've ever had to stop reading something at night because it was freaking me out so much."
Last Days by Adam Nevill
"The Last Days is the only horror novel I've ever read that actually made me sleep with the light on. His stuff is well written and worth checking out if you like scary."
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Raven is creepy in a proper Halloween-y way. Madness, ghosts, a talking raven - it's all there."
The Shining by Stephen King
"This really got to me. I read it in one sitting, when I was alone in an unfamiliar house. I was so drawn into it that when I finished it took me a while to come back to reality, work out where I was. Very, very unnerving!"
Dracula by Bram Stoker
"A fantastic book. I can re-read it time and again and still get the thrills every time. The diary of the ship's captain is especially chilling."
The Birds by Daphne du Maurier
"One of the most
unsettling stories I've ever read. Forget the Hitchcock interpretation, this
is proper back-to-basics stuff."
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
"This is one of my very favourite books, the ultimate page-turner. Marian Holcombe is such an amazing character, one of the best female protagonists, and Count Fosco... he is such a brilliant baddie."
"Absolute perfection for this time of year."
Haunted by James Herbert
"I read it when I was 19 and it scared me so much I have not picked it up since (I'm now 43!). Creepy, beautiful and really sad in places. A really good old haunted house story."
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