Now that it is October, and Fall is settling in, here are some reads that may cause you to turn on all the lights  and double check the locks on the doors.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss. . . .
Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries — before it’s too late for her sister.


White Space by Ilsa Bick
Emma Lindsay jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed–but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Scowler by Daniel Kraus
Ry Burke, his mother, and sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.

Amity by Micol Ostow
Here is a house of ruin and rage, of death and deliverance. Here is where I live, not living. Here is always mine.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
For Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm–formerly a psychiatric hospital. But Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, Alex soon discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below.

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
They called it the killing day. 12 people murdered, in the space of a few hours, their killers also all dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas–something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of its upstanding citizens.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement-left in the crib of a human baby 16 years ago.

What are some of your favorite scary stories?

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