Halloween may look a little different this year, but it’s right on schedule for its surprise factor. A chill is in the air. Stories everywhere have gotten spookier. This is the perfect formula for your favorite scary story.

Whether you have a list of Halloween-themed movies to watch while you snack on some of your favorite treats, there’s one main thing we all enjoy about this holiday: the spook factor. It comes as no surprise that we get a kick out of being scared (of course without the real threat). Below are five recommendations of books to read if you love horror movies.

Spiders, Clowns, and Great Mole Rats

Andrew Thompson

Many horror fans know that there is always a character that has a fear of something. That fear is supposed to play on something that we may be afraid of. And let’s face it–we love that adrenaline rush of being scared without being in any real danger. Take all of the scary things that exist in the world and put it into one book. That’s when you end up with Spiders, Clowns, and Great Mole Rats. It’s a fascinating, friendly, and somewhat creepy mashup of over 150 phobias that will freak out out! From common fears like arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or phasmophobia (the fear of ghosts) to lesser known fears like nomatophobia (the fear of names) and scriptophobia (the fear of writing in public), you’ll discover just about all the things that can make you cringe. Be afraid, be very afraid!


Serial Killer Trivia

Michelle Kaminsky

If you have an obsession with true crime and know all you need to know about famous serial killers, then you’ll want to add Serial Killer Trivia to your collection as a refresher. Not only will you gain more knowledge about the infamous Ted Bundy, you’ll also read about lesser known murderers who are just as evil. This collection takes all of your true crime documentaries and podcasts and combine that information into a book full of macabre tales.



The Serial Killer Cookbook

Ashley Lecker

But wait…there’s more! Get ready to enjoy these recipes of the many serial killers and murderers that you’ve spent time obsessing over. Not only will you enjoy little tidbits about these killers, but you can also get a taste of the last meals they requested during their final hours in The Serial Killer Cookbook. Have you ever wondered what killers like John Wayne Gacy ate just before his execution? (It was a dozen deep-friend shrimp, a bucket of KFC’s original recipe chicken, French fries, a pound of strawberries, and a bottle of diet Coke, by the way.) What a meal! (Here is the recipe to the fried chicken meal that he requested.) So, the next time you’re bingeing your favorite true crime documentary and get hungry in the middle of watching, toss your popcorn and chef up a meal that one of these killers asked for.


Cold Cases: A True Crime Collection

Cheyna Roth

Ever watched a crime movie and imagined handling the situation differently than the person in charge? Well, now you can get in on some of the action. Go behind the crime scene tape and explore some of the world’s most common cases like the JonBenét Ramsey murder in Cold Cases: A True Crime Collection. Get up from your armchair, step into the role of detective, and imagine what you would’ve done in many of these cases. And maybe then you’ll be able to get one step ahead of the next who dun it film you’ll watch.



Real Ghost Stories

Tony and Jenny Brueski

Haunted buildings. The undead. Spooky stories. There are some of the ingredients needed for a horror story, whether on or off the screen. With Real Ghost Stories, you’ll get real accounts and heart-pounding stories that will make you shiver and have you looking over your own shoulders. This book will make you get into the Halloween spirit.



Happy Halloween!

-Tyanni Niles