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Boo! It’s fall, fool – meaning Halloween is right around the corner. So get in the spirit with these scary reads. From true crime to horror stories to psychological thrillers, our list of haunting tales will leave you hiding under the covers!
‘Sleeping Beauties,’ by Stephen King and Owen King
No list of scary stories would be complete without the godfather, Stephen King. His newest novel, “Sleeping Beauties,” is a collaboration with his son, Owen (awww). In the imagined future world of this novel, women go into another dimension when they sleep and become violent when awakened. Ultimately, the story imagines a world without women, which is SPOILER ALERT: terrifying.
‘The Haunting of Hill House,’ by Shirley Jackson
For some throwback spooks, read Shirley Jackson’s eerie “The Haunting of Hill House.” Stephen King called it “as nearly perfect a haunted house tale as I have ever read.” And he’s read every Stephen King book! Originally published in 1959, Jackson’s novel tells the story of four people who decide to spend their summer together in the haunted “Hill House,” and wind up facing terrors beyond their wildest nightmares.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,’ by David Grann
We all know truth is stranger than fiction, but it turns out truth is scarier than fiction, too. In “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” David Grann tells the haunting, true story of the murders of dozens of Osage Indians in the 1920s. The tragic reason: their land had oil.
‘Y is for Yesterday,’ by Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton fans rejoice! The penultimate novel in her famed Alphabet series is here: “Y is for Yesterday.” In it, four boys commit an unthinkable crime during their prep school days. Now it’s decades later, and they – to varying degrees – have moved on. That is, until a newly discovered tape appears, changing everything.
‘The Party,’ by Elizabeth Day
When a bunch of pals get together for a 40th birthday party, what could possibly go wrong? Only everything. A psychological thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith, Elizabeth Day’s new novel, “The Party,” has it all: wealth, fame, danger, lust and a violent crime.