October if full of spooky tales and frightful fun at Bookmans. Whether it’s attending one of our many Halloween events or visiting the stores to stock up on classic horror the likes of Stephen King, it’s safe to say October is Bookmans favorite time of year. Now, horror isn’t for everyone. But for some nothing gets us ready for All Hallows Eve then a spooky story of four. And Bookmans is with you! That’s why we have compiled a list of our absolute favorite spooky reads sure to give you a fright.

A Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore
This is THE werewolf novel. Set in pre-revolutionary France, A Werewolf of Paris tells the story of werewolf Bertrand Caillet. Bertrand travels across 19th century France in hope of calming the beastly urges he is cursed with. Meanwhile, his uncle is hot on his trail and committed to killing his nephew to end the carnage in his wake. A Werewolf of Paris is gothic classic complete truly terrifying horror and sympathetic monster.
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
Twenty years ago, the world was infected by a fungus that caused humans to lose their faculties. The infected now need to feed on humans to survive. They essentially become zombies (or at least zombie-adjacent). Melanie is part of a group of young “hungries” who, though they need to feed on humans to survive, still have their humanity. Melanie and other children live in a military compound. They are the subjects of experiments in hopes of finding a cure for the disease. They do not understand what makes them different or why the adults are scared of them. A compelling thriller with a flesh-eating twist, The Girl With All the Gifts is one you’ll be hard-pressed to put down.

Say Cheese And Die by R.L. Stine
Say Cheese and Die is seriously the scariest of the Goosebumps books. Imagine a camera with the power to kill you! You try taking a selfie for the ‘Gram with your friends and every picture turns out completely wrong. Suddenly your friend is falling to her death in the picture even though she is standing next to you safe and sound. That’s what happens to Greg when he finds an old camera. This horror gave me nightmares for weeks back in the day.
The Shining by Stephen King
It was incredibly difficult to pick out just one Stephen King novel, but The Shining… It’s one of the few that does not take place in a sleepy New England town but instead isolates the characters in the snowed-in Colorado Rockies. Author, ex-teacher, and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance moves his family to the Overlook Hotel to becomes its winter caretaker. Over the course of their stay, the hotel terrifies Jack’s son Danny, who is has a psychic ability known as “the shining.” Jack starts to lose his sanity as the hotel and its ghosts slowly warp his mind. You’ll have to read the book to find out if they survive.

Honorable mentions include pretty much the rest of Stephen King’s novels, classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Frankenstein, Interview With A Vampire, and the rest of Anne Rice’s vampire series. But what are some of your favorites?
Bookmans cannot guarantee stock, but our stores do have killer horror sections chock-full of terrifying reads. You can always call your local store and one of our team members will be happy to check our stock for you.