It seems that without fail, every October my reading habits tend toward the creepy and spooky. The shorter days, chilly weather, and parade of pumpkins make me crave something that'll give me nightmares (or at least make me jump). Here are a few recent favorites:
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz: Once upon a tome fairy tales were awesome. As if Hansel and Gretel didn’t already have it tough in their original fairy tale, Gidwitz pops them into a handful of other obscure Grimm stories and casts the siblings as heroes. Over the course of the book the twins are beheaded (and reheaded), dismembered, hunted, killed, brought back to life, sent to hell, and a number of other terrible fates. Is there a happily-ever-after? I'm not telling. It's really good on audio and you can also watch the book trailer.
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann: This is still one of the creepiest books I've ever read. Missing boyfriend? Check. Creepy graffiti on your desk? Check. Strange whispers? Check. My advice, don't follow Kendall's lead and go looking for him alone in the woods.
Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku by K.A. Holt: This isn't so much scary as it is funny and gross, but nothing says Halloween like zombies. Nearly 100 haiku's cover middle school life. Middle school is hard. It's even harder when you're a zombie.
What are your Halloween reads?