To get in the Halloween spirit, we’ve put together a list of our top spooky reads which you can find at Lost in Books.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tricker or a treater, you can be sure to delve into these books and unleash the weird, the wonderful and the whimsical … and perhaps even the downright frightening.
The Switching Hour: Damaris Young
What lurks in the dark? Monsters, bad dreams or the power to change the world as we know it completely? Well, in The Switching Hour, how about all three? This is a wonderfully atmospheric middle grade debut from Damaris Young, which tackles themes of loss, friendship and the universal childhood fear of the dark. When everything depends on the bravery of protagonist Amaya to rescue her little brother from a monster deep in the forest, she only has to remember one thing: Never let the outside in.
Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday: Laura Ellen Anderson
For those after a wickedly charming tale about a girl vampire with an appetite for adventure, Amelia Fang is the perfect read. With this book being the fourth in the series, the story follows Amelia and her friends as they discover an ancient curse during their half moon holiday. The only thing is, it turns them into teeny, tiny bugs. Join them in their mission to lift the curse before they’re stuck as bugs forever.
This treasured series is guaranteed to get little ones longing to be vampires and chasing after their own ghostly adventures.
Frankissstein: Jeanette Winterson
One of the biggest LGBT releases of 2019, this book echoes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a world where the dead are about to come back to life. Spanning from 1816 to the not so distant future, where the threat of artificial intelligence coming to life is abundantly real, this book from prolific author Jeanette Winterson was longlisted for the Booker Prize and is a dark satire on modern society today.
The Doll Factory: Elizabeth Macneal
Despite the beautiful cover, this book is a spine chilling read filled with shadowy Victorian streets, forbidden love, and dark obsession. With a dazzling and determined heroine, The Doll Factory gives readers a glimpse into the world of the famous Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and their artistry, Victorian class division and the unsettling secrets held deep within its streets.
The Institute: Stephen King
The aptly named ‘King’ of horror fiction brings a new wave of fear to reader’s hearts with his new novel of 2019. Deep in the woods, kids with powerful and gifted abilities (think telekinesis and telepathy) are being abducted and held by scientists to develop a new technological advancement, but it seems two kids in particular are more than a match for their captors and it doesn’t take long before bravery, the fight for freedom, and relentless superpowers are unleashed with a vengeance.
The Familiars: Stacey Halls
What could be a better read at Halloween than a book set during the ominous witch trials of 1612? Drawing inspiration from the real-life witch trials that took place during King James I’s reign, join two young women in their quest for freedom and truth in a perilous time where their lives are at stake. This book is a powerful exploration of women’s perseverance, the bonds of friendship, and the search for power in a distorted and imbalanced world.
What will you be reading this Halloween?
We would like to thank Gem Hicks Photography for the beautiful cover image of this post.