Get your hands on the best books for Halloween. Discover eerie, ghastly stories and classic tales to cozy up to with our curated list.
Are you searching for the best books for Halloween for the entire family? If you’re up for the good, the bad, and the spookily read-aloud, you’ll surely enjoy our article.
With 148 million Americans celebrating Allhallows Eve, it’s unsurprising that you may feel an itch to reach for a hauntingly good Halloween book. Whether it’s to match the spine-tingling atmosphere of the season or just get in the mood for some trick-or-treating, reading a scary book is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. Moreover, you get to discover the best horror authors for the next year’s reading bucket list. So, grab your pumpkin spice latte and cozy up with our list of best books for Halloween.
What’s the Scariest Book Ever Written?
Some candidates for the scariest book ever written include The Exorcist published by William Petter Blatty in 1971, The Road by Cormac Mc Cathy, published in 2006, and The Stand by Stephen King, published in 1978. The 2020 novel Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is also a popular scary read.
- Best Books for Halloween for Adults
- 1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- 2. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
- 3. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
- 4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- 5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
- 6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- 7. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
- 8. The Shining by Stephen King
- 9. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- 10. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- 11. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
- 12. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- 13. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- 14. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- 15. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
- Best Halloween Books for Children
- 16. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
- 17. Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
- 18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- 19. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- 20. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
- 21. The Witches by Roald Dahl
- 22. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
- 23. Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane
- 24. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Best Halloween Books for Teens
- Best Historic Halloween Books
- Best Contemporary Halloween Books
Best Books for Halloween for Adults
1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Mexican Gothic blends psychological horror and suspense. All with the magnetic backdrop of 1950s Mexico. It follows the story of Noemí Taboada, a young socialite who travels to the Mexican countryside to check on her newlywed cousin. There, she’s greeted by mysteries and ominous occurrences. This book’s infusion of traditional horror elements and Mexican culture offers a fresh, unique spin on Halloween narratives.
The vivid and atmospheric setting and intricate plot make Mexican Gothic an engrossing read. Its sophisticated narrative and complex themes also make it a great choice for those who enjoy getting into the Halloween spirit with a touch of intellectual stimulation.
“It was easy to kiss someone when it didn’t matter; it was more difficult when it might be meaningful.”Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic
2. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Home Before Dark is a nail-biting thriller seemingly made for Hollywood with twists. The book follows Maggie Holt, who returns to her childhood home. It’s a place filled with haunting memories from her past and eerie events happening in the present. She’s there to renovate the house. Instead, she uncovers the truth behind her father’s infamous book.
Sager’s masterful storytelling and knack for suspense pull readers into Maggie’s unnerving journey. Home Before Dark is a perfect read for those who love a good scare. Its blend of supernatural elements and real-world stakes makes it an engaging book.
“Grief is tricky like that. It can lie low for hours, long enough for magical thinking to take hold. Then, when you’re good and vulnerable, it will leap out at you like a fun-house skeleton, and all the pain you thought was gone comes roaring back”Riley Sager, Home Before Dark
3. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Pumpkinheads is a graphic novel that perfectly captures the spirit of Halloween without the traditional scare factor. The story revolves around Deja and Josiah, two seasonal best friends. They decide to make their last night working at a pumpkin patch an unforgettable adventure. Despite it being a lighter and more humorous read, Pumpkinheads still encapsulates the essence of Halloween, making it a great choice for adults looking for a feel-good book to celebrate the season.
The beautiful illustrations by Hicks and Rowell’s charming storytelling make the book a joy to read. The vibrant autumn colors and the fun-filled journey make it visually stunning and add to its charm. It’s a reminder that Halloween isn’t just about the scares; it’s also about friendship, adventure, and the season’s magic.
“…I’m your friend. And friends don’t let friends live small lives.”Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, Pumpkinheads
4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House is one of the most prominent gothic horror tales of the 20th century. It’s about four main characters: Eleanor Vance, Theodora, Luke Sanderson, and Dr. John Montague. The latter, an investigator of the supernatural, invites the other three to Hill House. It’s a place notorious for its disturbing occurrences. What follows is a chilling exploration of the supernatural and the psychological intertwined in two timelines with a haunting narrative.
The novel’s strength lies in its ability to instill a sense of dread and unease. It does it not through explicit horror but through suspense and suggestion. Jackson’s nuanced exploration of her characters’ psyches amidst the backdrop of the ghostly Hill House makes this a compelling Halloween read.
“Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?”Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Perhaps Dracula will be a forever classic novel as it endured the test of time. The story revolves around Count Dracula, who, evidently, became a legendary horror symbol in literature. The story unfolds through newspaper contents and letters. These entries document the terrifying experiences of a group of people who encounter the Count.
While Dracula might be seen as a conventional Halloween read, it’s the book’s exploration of fear, superstition, and the unknown that makes it to this list. Stoker writes a plot that not only thrills. His writing also compels readers to reflect on identity, mortality, and humanity.
“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”Bram Stoker, Dracula
6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is recognized as one of the pioneering works of science fiction and horror. The book follows Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who invents a creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Though initially, his creation desires affection, tragic consequences follow.
Aside from spearheading a new inspiration for gothic fiction, Frankenstein delves into concepts of isolation, ambition, and the moral consequences of playing God. While its gothic and macabre elements make it a classic Halloween read, its deep philosophical underpinnings offer readers much to ponder.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
7. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
The 1971 book The Exorcist unfolds with the strange happenings around young Regan McNeil–eerie voices, levitation, and even physical changes. When medical science fails to explain these phenomena, her mother turns to a local priest. He then suggests an exorcism might be necessary. The story is a thrilling ride that combines the terror of the supernatural with the mystery of faith. Adults who want to dig into these nuances will find the book a very interesting read.
While The Exorcist might be a conventional choice for Halloween, it didn’t become an iconic work of fiction for nothing. Its exploration of fear, faith, and the extent of a mother’s love makes it stand out. The narrative is terrifyingly gripping, with an underlying question of belief and skepticism. Its vivid descriptions and well-developed characters make it worth your while.
“God never talks. But the devil keeps advertising, Father. The devil does a lot of commercials.”William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
8. The Shining by Stephen King
As it was born from Stephen King’s reality when he stayed in Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel, it’s unsurprising that The Shining is set in an isolated hotel in the Colorado Rockies. It follows Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts the position of off-season caretaker. Jack’s son Danny possesses psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrifying past. As winter sets in and isolation becomes more prevalent, the hotel’s sinister forces start affecting Jack’s sanity.
Through the book, King inspects the results of prolonged seclusion for some. He masterfully portrays insanity and the thin line between good and evil.
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”Stephen King, The Shining
9. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs revolves around a young FBI trainee, Clarice Starling. She’s drawn into a mind game with the imprisoned, sophisticated cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. All while in her pursuit of another serial killer, Buffalo Bill. The conversations between Lecter and Starling are as chilling and intense as the pursuit itself.
Though it’s not a typical pick for Halloween supernatural horror, it’s a top pick for adults who want to plunge into psychological drama and suspense. It pricks the dark side of human ego and mind–something that may be more terrifying than any supernatural antagonist.
“When the Fox hears the Rabbit scream he comes a-runnin’, but not to help”Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs
10. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw is a ghost tale revolving around a young governess and her desperation to protect her wards. She’s in charge of two children at a remote Essex country house where she becomes convinced that the premises are haunted. The story gradually builds suspense and fear. At the same time, it leads the reader to question whether the apparitions exist or if they are the product of the governess’s imagination.
James deliberately uses excessive words in his writing to create a vague narrative. This ambiguity adds a unique layer of sophistication that draws readers in.
“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.”Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
11. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
The Witching Hour is an epic saga of the Mayfair witches. They are a family endowed with supernatural powers, spanning many generations and continents.
The novel’s storyline is layered with tangled plots, coupled with Anne Rice’s vivid and atmospheric descriptions. Through the setting of New Orleans and the Garden District, readers will realize the author’s fondness for her city. It seamlessly blends supernatural and familial drama with compelling characters.
“It draws its strength, this big secret, from the same root from which I draw my strength, both the good and the bad because, in the end, they cannot be separated.”Anne Rice, The Witching Hour
12. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a classic narrative around Ichabod Crane. He’s a superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut who competes with Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel. The tale concludes with Crane’s encounter with the ghostly headless horseman.
Be entertained with Washington Irving’s humorous and vivid storytelling, combined with the tale’s supernatural elements. Furthermore, the story offers an insightful look into early American culture and folklore, providing an additional layer of interest for adult readers.
“I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me, they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.”Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
13. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray explores hedonism and moral decadence. The story centers around Dorian Gray, a man who retains his youthful appearance while a portrait of him ages and reflects his moral decline.
Wilde’s sharp wit and incisive social critique make this work intriguing then and now. It also tackles the themes of vanity, corruption, and the supernatural aspects of the immortal Gray versus the aging portrait.
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
14. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is undeniably a formative work in the genre of horrors. It presents a chilling tale of dual personalities. The book follows the contrast between the reliable, respectable Dr. Jekyll and his opposite, Mr. Hyde. The only problem? They share the same body. It highlights the struggle between good and evil.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s ability to criticize timeless theses about duality, identity, and self-corruption. His introspection is fodder for thought, making it more fitting for a mature audience.
“I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
15. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Interview with the Vampire is another masterful work by Anne Rice. Here, he presents a sophisticated and introspective take on vampire mythology. Louis, a 200-year-old vampire, narrates the novel. He recounts his life, immortality, and struggles.
Rice’s rich prose and the literature’s mature exploration of mortality, guilt, and the loss of humanity. Subject matters that adults can relate to and understand better. The evocative narrative, coupled with the backdrop of the mystical, makes it an ideal Halloween read.
“Consequently, if you believe God made Satan, you must realize that all Satan’s power comes from God and so that Satan is simply God’s child, and that we are God’s children also. There are no children of Satan, really.”Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
Best Halloween Books for Children
16. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a compilation of tales that are just the right amount of spooky for children. Each story in the book is short–a perfect and convenient read for young ones. The stories explore various elements of horror and supernatural folklore. All introduce young readers to this genre in an accessible and engaging manner. Schwartz’s storytelling truly shines, making each story captivating and memorable.
The blend of horror and humor in the book allows kids to enjoy the thrill of the creepy tales without being overwhelmed. The macabre yet inviting illustrations perfectly complement the stories, enhancing the overall reading experience. Each tale will surely ignite their imagination and curiosity.
“Most scary stories are, of course, meant to be told. They are more scary that way. But how you tell them is important.”Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
17. Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
The Goosebumps series is a staple in children’s horror literature. Each book presents a unique, standalone story filled with mysteries, strange happenings, and light-hearted horror. The stories feature relatable characters and situations. Then, they take a supernatural or abnormal turn–a great way to captivate youngins.
The series offers just the right amount of chills, ensuring an enjoyable and thrilling reading experience without causing nightmares. R.L. Stine’s writing style is appealing and accessible, making these books an excellent choice for children of various reading levels.
“Sometimes it helps to scold yourself, to give yourself advice.”R.L. Stine, Goosebumps
18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book offers a rare twist on the classic coming-of-age story. The unique aspect? The protagonist, Nobody ‘Bod’ Owens, is raised by ghosts in a graveyard.
This intriguing premise sets the stage for a series of adventures as Bod grows up and learns about both the supernatural and natural world. Neil Gaiman’s imaginative storytelling and richly described settings make this book a riveting read for young ones. Despite its unusual setting, the book explores universal matters of friendship, growing up, and finding one’s identity. Read our guide to the best Neil Gaiman books.
“You’re always you, and that doesn’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
19. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a dark fantasy children’s novella that revolves around the titular character, Coraline Jones. In the book, she discovers a parallel world behind a locked door in her new home. This world seems much like her own but with sinister changes–her “Other” parents have black button eyes and an unsettling obsession with her.
Gaiman’s ability to blend the ordinary with the bizarre ensures a gripping read that boosts children’s imagination and tests their courage. The story also carries a powerful message about self-reliance and the value of real relationships instead of fantastical illusions.
“When you’re scared, but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”Neil Gaiman, Coraline
20. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
The Halloween Tree narrates the story of a group of trick-or-treaters who go on looking for their friend Pipkin. There’s one problem–dark forces whisking him away on Halloween night. Their guide is the mysterious Mr. Moundshroud, who takes them through different cultures and eras to understand the true meaning of Halloween. The children also face their fears and learn important lessons about life and death.
Bradbury’s lyrical prose and vivid imagery bring the tradition of Halloween alive, making the book entertaining and educational. But it’s also packed with historical insights about the evolution of Halloween traditions. It’s an enchanting tale that celebrates Halloween’s spirit while encouraging children to appreciate the diversity of cultures and traditions.
“When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die.”Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree
21. The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches is an enthralling tale spun by the master of children’s literature, Roald Dahl. The plot revolves around a young boy who stumbles upon a convention of witches, planning to transform all the children of England into mice. With the help of his quick-thinking, cigar-smoking Grandmamma, the boy must thwart the witches’ sinister plan. With its chilling plot and Dahl’s engaging narrative, it strikes the perfect balance between being hair-raising and fun.
The book is not only an entertaining read but also encourages children to be courageous and resourceful in the face of adversity. Dahl’s imaginative storytelling, combined with his distinctive humor, creates an enchanting Halloween atmosphere that kids will love. While the witches might be a bit scary, the book’s message of bravery will resonate with young readers.
“A witch never gets caught. Don’t forget that she has magic in her fingers and devilry dancing in her blood.”Roald Dahl, The Witches
22. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Room on the Broom is a whimsical tale of a witch and her cat who invite various creatures to join them on their broomstick journey. As they travel, they encounter a fearsome dragon that’s eager for a witchy snack.
The story promotes themes of friendship and teamwork, as all the creatures must work together to save the witch from the dragon. It’s a delightful tale that perfectly captures the spooky yet fun side of Halloween. Julia Donaldson’s rhythmic writing, matched with Axel Scheffler’s illustrations, makes the work an exceptionally entertaining read for kids.
“I am a witch; I fly on a broom. And I’ll always be there when there’s trouble and gloom.”Julia Donaldson, Room on the Broom
23. Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane
Little Goblins Ten is a beautifully illustrated Halloween book that follows the adventures of ten ghoulish offspring and their caring mothers in a whimsical, rhyming tale. Here, creatures who are often regarded as scary ones during Halloween are instead part of a fun festival. The story’s rhythmic text makes it a great read-aloud book for younger kids.
“A nostalgic longing for impossible journeys through the realms of time.”Pamela Jane, Little Goblins Ten
24. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain
In The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, Brother and Sister Bear are all set to trick-or-treat with their friends. However, when they encounter one of their neighbor’s spooky decorations, they learn a lesson about appearances not always being what they seem. This book perfectly captures the Halloween spirit while delivering a useful message about not judging based on appearances.
The story is relatable for many kids preparing for Halloween, and it provides an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss the Golden Rule, among others. The Berenstain Bears series is known for its moral lessons, and this Halloween-themed book is no exception
“Even little bears expect a good fright when they go out for treats on Halloween night.”Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Best Halloween Books for Teens
25. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Dive into a unique, eerie tale in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Readers follow a teenager named Jacob. After a tragedy, he stumbles upon an orphanage on a remote island. The orphans weren’t ordinary children but were peculiar, each with a peculiar ability. The blend of fantasy and reality, coupled with vintage photographs that Riggs includes throughout the book, adds an extra layer of creepiness that makes it an ideal Halloween read.
Teens will appreciate the book balancing relatable teenage issues and supernatural themes. It pulls readers into a strange but fascinating world that keeps readers turning the pages. With themes of bravery, friendship, and self-discovery against a backdrop of mystery and suspense, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children offers a good, creepy read that perfectly fits the Halloween season.
“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
26. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood is a spine-chilling young adult novel about a past murder and its ghost. Be with the ghost hunter Cas, who, inspired by his father, takes on dangerous spirits. His current mission? To deal with a ghost everyone calls Anna Dressed in Blood. She’s a vengeful spirit who was murdered in the 1950s.
Though the book is filled with curses and paranormal phenomena, it also has a sprinkle of romance. Kendare Blake’s vivid descriptions and well-paced narrative make the ghostly encounters feel real and terrifying. The blend of horror and mystery and a relatable teenage protagonist make this book perfect for teens.
“You make me want things I can’t have.”Kendare Blake, Anna Dressed in Blood
27. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a novel about a fictional world, humans, and vampires. In the book, vampirism has become a pandemic. Readers follow the main character, Tana, and an afterparty where she wakes up with corpses. The only other two people who survived are his ex-lover and a mysterious boy. Urged by the need to save them, she decides to take them to Coldtown, a quarantined city for vampires and infected humans.
Holly Black skillfully presents a fresh take on the vampire genre by intertwining a coming-of-age story with the terror of a vampire-infested world. Tana’s character is both relatable and inspiring, making it a hit with teens. Balancing horror with romance, mystery, and drama, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown offers an exciting, nail-biting read.
“People liked pretty things. People even liked pretty things that wanted to kill and eat them.”Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Best Historic Halloween Books
28. Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear by Diane C. Arkins
Diane C. Arkin’s goal in creating Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear is to take readers on a historical journey of Halloween’s history. Readers get to appreciate the season’s art and customs. The book is filled with vintage postcards and artwork. Here, the author provides a thorough explanation of the history and symbolism behind the Halloween traditions we celebrate today.
It paints a very colorful picture of what Halloween was, is, and will be. Halloween’s evolution is evident through the book’s pages, combining nostalgia and charm. It’s ideal for both history buffs and Halloween enthusiasts wanting a deeper understanding of the festival’s roots.
“By the grace of God in nature, well and truly anything that sprouts from the earth is imbued with a magic of sorts.”Diane C. Arkins, Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear
29. We Celebrate Hallowe’en by Bobbie Kalman
We Celebrate Hallowe’en by Bobbie Kalman is an amusing book exploring Halloween’s history and traditions. Kalman takes the readers on a journey from Samhain (an ancient Celtic festival) to the modern-day Halloween celebrations. The book also includes fun facts, games, and others about Halloween traditions worldwide. This informative read is engaging for both kids and adults. It delves into Halloween’s history and culture and offers why the festival is significant.
“We celebrate Halloween!”Bobbie Kalman, We Celebrate Hallowe’en
Best Contemporary Halloween Books
30. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves is a labyrinthine horror novel that goes beyond the traditional scary story. Unveil many mysteries as a young man discovers a family’s strange records and their eerie experiences in the house.
The novel also curated its notoriety via its innovative structure–multiple narratives, footnotes, and drawings. It contains most things that you won’t find in a conventional book. Still, its mind-bending plot and eerie atmosphere make it a fantastic Halloween read for those looking for a story that’s chillingly different.
“Maturity, one discovers, has everything to do with the acceptance of ‘not knowing.’”Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
31. Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge
Imagine being a teenager in the 1960s, where you’re expected to fight off a monster as a rite of passage. That’s the premise of Dark Harvest. Every Halloween, the cornfield monster, October Boy, rises and attacks the town. Of course, teenage boys try to hunt and kill the creature.
This grim tradition turns into a twisted coming-of-age story that’s as chilling as it is thrilling. Patridge’s writing is rich in dark, evocative imagery, and he masterfully builds a sense of dread throughout the story. Dark Harvest is a superb Halloween read that even Stephen King and Peter Straub sing praises.
“He already understands that the past can’t be changed. Now he’s beginning to understand how easily it can be repeated.”Norman Patridge, Dark Harvest
32. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic suspense novel about a biographer who is hired to write the life story of a famous novelist with a mysterious past. The story is filled with surprises, seamlessly blending the past and present. It’s brimming with haunting elements of ghostly apparitions and dark family secrets.
With its atmospheric setting and chilling revelations, this book is a perfect Halloween read for those who enjoy psychological suspense and mystery. Setterfield’s beautifully written prose and the novel’s eerie undertones make this book a perfect companion for a spooky night in.“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner.”Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale