Happy spooky season! I know Halloween is almost here but if you're like me and spooky season is all year round than you might like some of these reads.

Before we jump in I just wanted to say I plan on making more themed book lists because honestly it's fun, I read a lot, and really don't have that much better to do. So look out for future articles if that is what you're into.

The Lovecraft Compendium by H. P. Lovecraft

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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." - Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 1927

I have long been a fan of Stephen King, so when I read about how King took inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft I knew I had to read some of his work. The Compendium was a compilation of several of Lovecraft's short stories. He focuses on writing about horrifying interdimensional monsters. His stories extremely descriptive but it is still hard to wrap your head around the horrifying creatures he writes about. The book was dark and deliciously creepy, if you're a fan of horror I would definitely recommend you read some of his work. My favourite short story from the collection was ''The Dunwich Horror".

The Outsider by Stephen King

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“People had the mistaken idea that Poe wrote fantastic stories about the supernatural, when in fact he wrote realistic stories about abnormal psychology.” - Stephen King

As I mentioned earlier I love Stephen King's work. The Outsider is one of King's most recent books and as per usual it was a great horror read. To be completely honest, it was not my favourtie book of his. I thought the plot was more predictable than some of his others but it was a great book nonetheless. I love King's writing style and he'll definitely be on these book lists many more times in the future. This novel centers around the murder of a young boy. That same day people all around town saw the town's softball coach acting suspiciously and covered in blood. The kicker? The softball coach was in two places at the same time.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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“I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous.” - Mary Shelley

So this one is not as creepy as the others on this list but it is still a major staple of the horror genre and deserves to read. If you struggle with reading old-fashioned language, it may not be the book for you but you shouldn't disregard it right away just because of that. It provides a very interesting commentary on humanity and definitely leaves you thinking.

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

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“Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym…” - Stephen King

I did say King's name would show up again. Sorry. Not sorry. This book is a good ol' vampire story. As per usual, King does a great job with creating suspense and atmosphere.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

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''I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing...'' - H. H. Holmes

Okay so I haven't actually gotten a chance to read this one but I am super hyped to read it and feel like it fits in well with the other books. This book is a non-fiction historical book about America's first serial killer, H. H. Holmes. The book is written in a novelistic style and walks through Holmes life and crimes, all set with the Chicago World's Fair in the background. Holmes is a super interesting serial killer and I'm really looking forward to learning more about the case.


If you're into podcasts and you're into true crime and for some reason are not already listening to these podcasts then check em out:

"And That's Why We Drink"
A true crime and paranormal podcast that is hella funny

"My Favorite Murder"
Another really funny podcast about murder

I could recommend a bunch more but I'll leave it here for now. Feel free to send a message if you want to talk about any of the books on the list or about creepy stuff in general. I'm a huge fan of all things true crime and paranormal but I promise I am not a psychopath.

- Jem