Halloween is coming up, so we gathered a few spooky reads for you to dive into — if you dare. For the brave of heart, explore this mix of classic horror, chilling retellings, and all sorts of stories you’ll find in the dark. Check out our list below and let us know some of your favorites in the comments!


The Shining
By Stephen King

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

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Frankenstein 1818

By Mary Shelley

2018 marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s seminal novel. For the first time, Penguin Classics will publish the original 1818 text, which preserves the hard-hitting and politically-charged aspects of Shelley’s original writing, as well as her unflinching wit and strong female voice. This edition also emphasizes Shelley’s relationship with her mother—trailblazing feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who penned A Vindication of the Rights of Woman—and demonstrates her commitment to carrying forward her mother’s ideals, placing her in the context of a feminist legacy rather than the sole female in the company of male poets, including Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.

This edition includes a new introduction and suggestions for further reading by National Book Critics Circle award-winner and Shelley expert Charlotte Gordon, literary excerpts and reviews selected by Gordon, and a chronology and essay by preeminent Shelley scholar Charles E. Robinson.

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Coraline MM

By Neil Gaiman

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

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Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House
By Shirley Jackson

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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Trese: Sa Kanto ng Balete Drive at 13th Street
By Budjette Tan

Sa paglubog ng araw,
huwag na huwag magkakamaling mapadpad
sa mga madilim na sulok ng Maynila,
kung saan mga aswang ang nasa likod ng mga kidnapan,
mga kapre ang utak ng mga krimen,
at may mga engkanto na handang nakawin
ang pinakamahahalagang bagay sa buhay mo.Pag kakaiba na ang mga kaso,
ang mga alagad ng batas
ay kay Alexandra Trese tumatakbo.

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It (white)

By Stephen King

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

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By Bram Stoker

He is deathly pale. His fingernails are cut to sharp points. His teeth protrude menacingly from his mouth in clouds of rancid breath. Yet even Count Dracula’s unnerving appearance and the frightened reaction of the local peasants fail to warn Jonathan Harker, a young man from England, about his host. Little does Jonathan know that this is a land where babies are snatched for their blood and wolves howl menacingly from the forest, where reality is far more frightening than superstition. What’s more, it’s going to be up to him to stop the world’s most bloodthirsty predator.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Series
By Kerri Maniscalco

This deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion. Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

In the second installment, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. And in the third, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of madness and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. The fourth and final book in the series is slated for a 2019 release.

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Halimaw sa Baryo San Vicente

Ang Halimaw sa Baryo San Vicente
By Arlo Icabandi

Sa mundong ating gingalawan may dalawang klase ng halimaw. Ang una, may baril… Ang ikalawa, may pangil…

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House of Furies Series
By Madeleine Roux

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring the story to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved. Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure who to trust?

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The Girl from the Well Series
By Rin Chupeco

A dead girl walks the quiet streets of Applegate, leaving mangled bodies of child murderers in her wake. But when a boy with strange tattoos moves into the neighborhood, so, she realizes, does something else.

And in The Suffering, the sequel to The Girl from the Well, It’s been two years since Tark Halloway’s nightmare ended. Free from the evil spirit that haunted him all his life, he now aids the ghostly Okiku and avenges the souls of innocent children by hunting down their murderers. But when an old friend disappears in Japan’s infamous ‘suicide forest’, both discover a strange village inside Aokigahara, where strange things lie waiting.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series
By Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

In the latest books of the series, A Map of Days, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again fully illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

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Ang Manggagaway, at Iba Pang Kathang-Agham at Pantasya mula sa Gitnang Europa at Pilipinas
Edited by József Bencze, Jaroslav Olša Jr., and Dean Francis Alfar; translated by Eros Atalia, Joselito Delos Reyes, Bob Ong, Beverly Siy

Sa unang pagkakataon, ang mga kathang-agham at pantasya mula sa mahiwagang Gitnang Europa ay isinalin sa Filipino at tinipon sa isang aklat. Galugarin ang mga kagilagilalas na alternatibong mundo mula sa haraya ng mga manunulat ng Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia at Pilipinas; at tuklasin ang kababalaghan at salamangka dito.

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