7 Spooky Story Recs for October

These are some stories I read in 2020 that have eerie elements of suspense, horror, and mystery that will get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween season!


by Daphne du Maurier

In this 1938 Gothic quick-read, a young woman unveils the mystery surrounding the death of her new husband’s former wife and the house where her presence still is suspected to linger.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

by Katherine Howe

A present-day mystery blends with a historical fiction tale set during the Salem Witch Trials. A PhD candidate learns more than she expects after discovering a strange timeworn book in her Salem ancestral home.

The Bone Houses

by Emily Lloyd-Jones

A teen fantasy with elements of the macabre. A gravedigger and a mapmaker face their fears and employ their individual strengths to protect their village from the dead…who have mysteriously begun to rise.

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

A curious teen historical fiction tale surrounding an executed woman who is not quite as dead as everyone thinks…

House of Salt and Sorrows

by Erin A. Craig

A unique fantasy-horror spin-off of a well-known fairytale. After the death of her sisters, one young woman seeks to protect the lives of her other sisters from the mysterious dark force that haunts her family home and the sea that surrounds it.

“The Black Cat”

by Edgar Allan Poe

This gothic short story, much like Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”, takes the reader by psychological storm as he relates a tale of a being that has risen from the grave to haunt a guilt-ridden narrator.

“The Pit and the Pendulum”

by Edgar Allan Poe

Ridden with psychological tumult and suspense, this gothic short story describes a revolutionary’s imprisonment during the Spanish Inquisition.

Published by Ashley Weaver

Author of historical fiction with a hint of the supernatural/fantasy

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