This summer I am doing the library challenge with my DC, the theme is creepy and magical so I need a six book short list. I like classics and know I can find a good few gothic novels amongst them but also want to try something different - I have never read Stephen King for example.
All ideas greatly received to be added to my already huge to read list.
Neil Gaiman does creepy & magical - Coraline and The Graveyard book are more aimed at young adults but they are very good reads. I'm just reading American Gods and enjoying it.
Also, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, We Have always lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier (or The Birds and Other Stories).
As for Stephen King - I am a huge fan of his but if you are just starting out I recommend The Eyes of the Dragon, The Talisman, The Stand, Different Seasons, Bag of Bones, The Green Mile, Thinner, The Dead Zone or Hearts in Atlantis.