But no Halloween would be complete without reading a few haunting tales, so the spookologists on Scribd’s Editorial Staff a put together a collection of stories so spine-chilling you’ll be sleeping with the lights on well into November.
One of our top picks is The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Sure, you’ve seen the movie, but reading this controversial classic about a demonic possession is so terrifying it will make your head spin.
If you only have time to be spooked for a few pages, Nightmare Hour by R.L. Stine may be the book for you. This collection of scary shorts is good for teenagers and adults alike, and will definitely give you goosebumps.
And, for the faint of heart—we’ve also got a not-so-spooky collection of Halloween reads. Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker is hysterical without sacrificing that living-dead flair. Kids can get in on the action, too—one of our favorites is A Hat Full of Sky by the acclaimed Terry Pratchett—if they’re not too tired from trick-or-treating, that is.
Want to spread your love for scary books to those around you? You might want to check out Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read, a new literary tradition where you give someone a scary book on Halloween. One read we’d recommend sharing is Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane; featuring masters of horror such as Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, and even Gaiman himself, this collection is the perfect way to spread the spooky!