Horror and Thriller Recommendations for October

I don’t normally do themed reading months but October always gets me quite excited for spooky reads! I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite horror books, but in case ghost stories aren’t your thing, I’ve also included some thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat. So grab a blanket and some steaming coffee, and we’ll get started. Let me know which books you’d recommend for the upcoming spooky month!

Graphic Novels

horror recs

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The first story in this one was definitely the strongest, but it was all pretty enjoyable.

Locke & Key by Joe Hill

I love this series so much! It’s super dark, so be cautious going into it, but it’s so good. It’s about a family who have to find various keys that do different things before the villain gets them.

YA thrillers

horror recs 2

People Like Us by Dana Mele

This one was pretty great! It’s set in a boarding school, and one night one of the students is murdered. I guessed the culprit, but I still didn’t see the ending coming. And the main character is bisexual!

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

This is another one set in boarding school. The main character’s mother has been missing for ages, and the story of what happened to her is unveiled in the present day and through flashbacks. It’s really good!

horror recs 3

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

I read this one years ago but I had to mention it because it has stuck with me. It’s about a girl whose girlfriend (bi rep!) is murdered in what looks like a drug deal gone wrong. The main character is suffering from PTSD and it’s so well written.

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

I’m not sure how this one would hold up nowadays but I loved it back when I read it about seven years ago. It’s a really good mystery with a decent twist!

YA horror

horror recs 4

Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

Zombies in the South!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Zombies in the woods! I might reread this one.

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan


Adult thrillers

horror recs 5

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This thriller was so well done, you could tell that Lapena put a lot of work into it. It’s about a couple whose baby goes missing while they’re at the neighbours’ house.

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

This one is so brutal but it’s SO. GOOD.

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

This was creepy as hell.

horror recs 6

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

This is a bit different in that it’s a historical murder mystery set in Russia just after WW2. It’s really well done!

The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre

Admittedly, this is kind of erotica but I really enjoyed it.

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson


horror recs 7

I love all of Gillian Flynn’s books but I wanted to mention the ones that aren’t Gone Girl! The Grownup is a novella that is hella creepy, Sharp Objects also features a creepy child, and Dark Places is one of my all time favourites.

Adult horror

horror recs 8

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

This one is just kind of horrific.

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

You’ll read this and you’ll end up with so many questions.

5 comments on “Horror and Thriller Recommendations for October

  1. kelsey 14/10/2018 11:29 am

    This is a great selection of books to check out, i LOVE Locke & Key so glad to see it made your post.

  2. Daniella 14/10/2018 12:09 pm

    I’ve had the Couple Next Door on my Kindle for aaaaages, I will have to bump it up the reading list!

    Daniella x

  3. Justine 20/10/2018 9:03 am

    I must be living in a cave, why have I not heard of All These Beautiful Strangers?! Sounds great among others of course, will look further into your list!

  4. Nicola 26/10/2018 10:19 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, will definitely check them out!

  5. Faye 01/12/2018 11:51 am

    That is a lot of great recs up here, I think I may have to add them all to my wishlist!

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