Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to get in the spirit of things than by reading a good, scary novel. Here are nine creepy and suspenseful books that will get you ready for the holiday.
1. The Shining, Stephen King
You can’t go wrong with any of the works from the master of horror, but it’s hard to beat this 1977 novel, which has continued to terrify for many generations. The book focuses on the life of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position at a historic hotel in the Rockies. His family accompanies him, including his young son, who possesses psychic abilities (known as “the shining”) that allow him to see the horrific past of the hotel.
Soon, supernatural forces inhabit the hotel and influence Jack’s sanity, as well as put the rest of his family in big danger. Making the book even creepier? The settings and characters were influenced by King’s personal experiences.