7 Bone-Chilling Books To Cure Your Post Halloween Depression Syndrome

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1. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

Settle in and bundle up while reading this one this autumn or winter. You will devour it in one, maybe two seatings. I finished it in two nights, the day after the first all I could do was think about it, it followed me throughout the day. I remained up until past witching hour the next night to finish it.

This is a self-published debut fiction based on a series of short creepypasta tales originally posted by the author on Reddit. It follows an unnamed protagonist trying to make sense of his murky childhood, during which he was the focus of an obsessed stalker. Throughout recollection and investigation he tries to make sense of seemingly unrelated strange and terrifying instances he experienced and bore witness to as small children, which ultimately have shaped his life.

This book will leave you wondering just how far into the woods you’d run. It will leave you with a deep unsettling impression, with dread, and with so much terror you might choose to leave a lamp on throughout the night. Unexpectedly, you will also be submerged in nostalgia and reminisce on your own childhood. Just how much of it do you recollect?

If you’re someone who ever feels like they’ve been followed, like they’ve been watched, like there was a person or a thing out there you knew want to get hurt you, this volume is definitely for you. And if you’re not, you are able just start to wonder.

2. The October Country by Ray Bradbury

Look no further to cure those Thanksgiving and Christmas, and those yearns for your most beloved October.

“The October Country … that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go rapidly, twilights and twilight persist, and midnights remain. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal bins, closets, lofts and pantries faced away from the sunlight. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking merely autumn supposes. Whose people passing at night on the empty walkings sound like rain.”

The master of the macabre presents you with some of his best stories in this classic collect, 19 to be exact. He brilliantly delves into the dark and the occult with his descriptive genuine and poetic prose touch. You will find yourself not only turning up the hot from the cold tingling running down your spine when reading these narratives, but also pausing throughout to savor the beauty and creativity in which Bradbury tells these stories.

3. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

It’s no amaze this one won awards like the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel( 2007 ), Locus Award for Best First Novel( 2008 ), and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel( 2008 ). Joe Hill just happens to be the son of the king of horror himself, Stephen King.

The novel centres around aging stone superstar Judas Coyne who has an affinity for the occult and macabre. The musician has a morbid collection of items from serial killers, crimes and assassinations, and occult items and weapons. Some of his collect includes Aleister Crowley’s chessboard from childhood, depicts made by John Wayne Gacy, and even a snuff movie. His latest purchase is a ghost of an old sweet man, Craddock McDermott. Yes, a ghost, who comes by way of an old suit is contained in document a heart-shaped box. The spirit turns out to be far away from benign and sets out to torment and terrorize Coyne’s sanity, hell bent on revenge for a daughter he wronged.

This story of retaliation beyond the tomb has a “bump in the night” kind of feel to it. It is a delightfully gruesome book sure to maintain you up at night.

4. Naomi’s Room by Jonathan Aycliffe

I guarantee you that once you pick up this masterpiece and turn even the first few pages, you will find it a difficult task to put it down. I do not say this lightly, but this story will make you feel things. I went into it knowing that the 4-year-old daughter was going to die, as this is a ghost story, but I was not prepared for the sorrow and sorrow I felt when her father learned of her assassination , nor was I prepared for the eerie atmosphere the book presented itself with and the fear and distress I afterwards felt while going deeper.

Naomi is kidnapped and later found mutilated and murdered. Her mothers begin to experience paranormal activity. They are being haunted by not only Naomi, but by other ghosts too, by something else. You’ll read this volume and wonder, what if ghosts could kill ?

“’ Daddy.’ Her voice, behind me, at the door.’ Daddy.’I will not turn, I will not look at her.’Daddy, why won’t you look at me? I want to see you, Daddy.’It voices so simple, doesn’t it? All I have to do is turn round. Whatever she is, she is still my daughter. Isn’t she? Yes. But what will I see if I do turn, what will be standing at the door?’ I’ve come back, Daddy. I was cold.’ ”

It’s a hellish tale of both past and present. Her parent embarks on a journey to detect what happened to his “girls ” and to shed light on the otherworldly disturbances. The revelations you will uncover in this story are so shocking and appalling that they will make you want to soon forget what you simply read.

5. The Complete Tales& Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Seriously, do I need to say more?

6. The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

You can’t call yourself a horror fan if you haven’t read this classic, or any of Lovecraft’s work. If you haven’t, go do it , now. Father of “cosmic horror”, the short tales he weaves are somewhat hybrids of science fiction and horror.

7. Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

This novel won the Bram Stoker Award( 1989 ), The Locus Poll Award for Best Horror Novel( 1990 ), and The World Fantasy Award for Best Novel( 1990 ). Stephen King called it “one of the three greatest fictions of the 20 th century.”

While briskly paced, it spans 884 pages, and the narrative itself is told across different decades and different locations. It opens up in 1942 Chelmno Camp in Poland and travels to the 1980 USA, with many other locales throughout.

It is basically a frightening tale of intellect control and of the fullest extent of human power and corruption with characters that redefine sadism. A secret clique whose members possess the clairvoyant they are able to not only control and read others’ intellects, but to be able to physically and mentally control them, even from a distance, are behind many monumental gruesome and blood-shedding events. I can’t say much, without giving too much away.

This book stands out in that it is able to manage preserving tense suspense and horror all throughout its course. It is a fascinating read, even touching up on events such as John Lennon and JFK’s assassinations. It has some of the most disturbing scenes in a horror novel without relying on gore to deliver.

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