Halloween Reads for Gentle Souls

It’s okay if you’re not into reading books that will scare your pants off…there are plenty of atmospheric, eerie, and mysterious titles to give you a pleasant chill around Halloween!  We’ve added a new list of Halloween titles for gentle souls to our website, but we’ve also pulled a few of our favorites to highlight here.  Click on a title or cover image to place a hold, and click here to visit our collection of book lists on the website.  (You can find this list under the Horror tab.)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

“Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”






Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
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“Dickey, piqued by a house hunt in LA that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie houses”, embarks on a journey across the continential United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living — how do we deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes are made to those facts and why, Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone and crimes left unsolved.”





Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband’s oppressive silences and the sullen hostility of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horror of the past.”






The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

“Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.”






Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

“In the early hours after Halloween on 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.”







Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference