As you may have guessed by the title of today’s article, I want to know about really scary books. I debated with myself on when I should post my Halloween topic. I decided to post it now because I thought you might want to actually read some of the scary books mentioned while the Halloween season is still going on, rather than after it ends.

I’ll start by mentioning a book I just recently read called Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs. This book gave me a serious case of the heebie jeebies. It wasn’t the blood and gore that gave me nightmares, it was the creepy things watching from a distance that gave me the bad dreams. You can see my review for a more detailed description. Neverland by Douglas Clegg is another one that I found creepy, though not quite on the same scale as Southern Gods.

Tell us about a really frightening book that everyone should be reading during the Halloween season. I’ll make it a little tougher by asking that you keep it within the fantasy or sci-fi genres. Paranormal romance, or any books with vampires, zombies, and other such ilk, counts.


  • Justin Blazier

    JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.