31 spooky (but not too scary) books for your fall reading list

31 spooky (but not too scary) books for your fall reading list

I dreaded Halloween story hour as a kid. (Classic HSP.) The librarian inevitably read us too many ghost stories, and I’d spend the half hour with my fingers in my ears, humming softly to myself and trying not to hear. It never worked, and I’d have nightmares for weeks. (I can still recite the 3rd grade story about the scary dude in the backseat of some woman’s car …)

Now that I’m an adult, I still hate scary stories. I don’t read horror novels, not ever. But I do enjoy a good creepy book. I love chilling mysteries and psychological thrillers: books that make my hair stand on end, but still allow me to sleep at night.

If you hate horror but are still up for a spine-chilling read, these seriously spooky (but not quite scary) books are for you.

Spooky (But Not Scary) Books
The Chief Inspector Gamache Series

The Chief Inspector Gamache Series

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A favorite series, set in a tiny village in Quebec. These mysteries are unlike anything I'd ever read: the whodunit plot lines are just an excuse to explore human nature, granting them a depth and psychological astuteness I never expected from this genre. (Note: if I thought Three Pines was a real place, I'd move there in a heartbeat.) These are great on audio. More info →
Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

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As I was reading this short novel, it strongly reminded me of something I'd read before, but I couldn't figure out WHAT. I finally realized it wasn't a book at all—it was the TV show Lost! (If that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is.) A recommendation from Episode 62 of What Should I Read Next; I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of this before and put it on my list immediately! In this short Australian classic, a group of girls from the Appleyard College for Young Ladies venture out for a picnic at Hanging Rock on a beautiful afternoon. Three of the girls set out for a hike, and are never seen again. More info →
A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery

A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery

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Raybourn writes historical fiction with a twist; she's best known for her Lady Julia Grey mysteries. This is her first novel in a Victorian series featuring the badass but well-bred Veronica Speedwell: her heroine travels the world hunting beautiful butterfly specimens and the occasional romantic dalliance. When her guardian dies, the orphaned Veronica expects to embark on a grand scientific adventure. But Veronica quickly realizes that with her guardian's death, she is no longer safe—and she begins to unravel the mystery of why she poses a threat to dangerous men. More info →
The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

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Alice and her mom have spent 17 years on the run, trying to dodge the persistent bad luck mysteriously connected to an unnerving book of stories penned by Alice's estranged grandmother. When Alice's grandmother dies, her mother thinks they're free—until the day Alice comes home from school to discover Ella has been kidnapped, leaving behind a page torn from her grandmother's book and a note: Stay away from the Hazel Wood. But Alice has to save her mom, so she enters what she slowly begins to see is her grandmother's book of stories-come-to-life—and they suddenly look a lot more like horror than fantasy. This seriously twisted and sometimes bloody fairy tale reminds me of The Thirteenth Tale, with a dash of The Matrix. More info →
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

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Although if "terrifying" is in the subtitle, perhaps this one goes beyond merely "spooky"? In this nonfiction thriller, Preston details the emergence of the ebola virus in a pageturning, day-by-day, truth-is-scarier-than-fiction account, starting with the initial discovery of the virus in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, and tracing its origin back to the central African rain forest. More info →
We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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I didn't hear of this short 1962 novel until a few years ago, since readers with great and diverse tastes kept recommending it. I first heard about it on the Books on the Nightstand podcast, but its themes of family secrets, hateful neighbors, and mysterious deaths aren't the stuff of bedtime reading. It's not exactly scary, but Jackson is sure good at infusing a story with a creepy atmosphere—and the audio version makes it come alive. More info →
Starbridge Series

Starbridge Series

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Especially the later three books set in the 1960s. Seriously creepy supernatural elements. I've read Susan Howatch's Starbridge series (beginning with Glittering Images, set in the Church of England in the 1930s) before (maybe twice?) but it's time for a re-read. Each of the series' six books is self-contained, but is told from the perspective of a different character, allowing the reader to glimpse the same events from different viewpoints. There's lots of religion, sex, and psychoanalysis. This series isn't for everybody, but readers who love it really love it. More info →
In the Woods

In the Woods

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Seriously disturbing, but un-put-down-able. Tana French writes an amazing psychological thriller. This is the first book French's popular Dublin Murder Squad, and it’s twisty and unpredictable. The story has two primary threads: but if your book club can stomach it, you can talk about psychopaths and supernatural disturbances. (French has a new novel out October 9.) More info →
Not That I Could Tell

Not That I Could Tell

In Strawser’s new domestic suspense, a tight-knit group of women gather around the backyard firepit, drink a little too much wine, and stay up way too late. By morning, one of them has vanished, and so have her children. As the authorities (and the women) begin to investigate what might have happened, they find they have more questions than answers, and the husband’s suspicious behavior has them all looking over their shoulders. Did their friend simply run away, or was she harmed, and above all—why? This would make an excellent companion to I'll Be Your Blue Sky. More info →
And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

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This is the world's best-selling mystery—and when I found out the audio version was read by Dan Stevens, I couldn't resist. (Loved it.) Ten strangers are lured to a deserted island, and then they begin dying, one by one, victims of a disturbingly wide range of murders. They share one thing in common: each has something in their past they would prefer to keep hidden. Who is the murderer, and will any of them survive? More info →
Rebecca

Rebecca

File this under: a classic that is not remotely boring. Don't be put off by its age: this thrilling novel feels surprisingly current. Suspenseful, and it holds its tension on a re-reading: a sure sign of a well-crafted thriller. A modern Gothic page-turner with discussion fodder galore -- marriage, Manderley, and (she says with a shudder) Mrs. Danvers. More info →
The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

Every Jane Eyre fan worth her salt has this on her reading list. This mystery, set firmly in the tradition of Gothic greats, kept me guessing from start to finish. A little dark and deliciously creepy, perfect for curling up with on a cold day. More info →
We Were Liars

We Were Liars

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An eminent family and a group of four friends gather on a private island for an annual reunion. But Cadence doesn't remember what happened one summer. As she slowly begins to remember, details of the accident are revealed. But what is the truth and which are lies? More info →
Among the Shadows

Among the Shadows

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If you've read Anne or Emily, you know they have their creepy moments ... but when you gather these nineteen Montgomery stories together, you end up with a collection that feels quite different from anything else she wrote, ranging from the strange to the supernatural to the genuinely spine-tingling. If you're in the mood for a gentle ghostly story, this collection is for you. More info →
The Distant Hours

The Distant Hours

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Anything by Kate Morton could be classified in this genre of creepy, but not horror. She’s wonderful at psychological drama. This Gothic mystery is slow to build but those who persevere will be rewarded. The plot flips back and forth between World War II and the 1990s, but not in the way you'd expect. The setting is a crumbling old castle, which contributes to the story's feel. More info →
The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility

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This gave me serious goosebumps, and I didn’t want to ever put it down. This is a book I can't stop recommending. It's well-written and un-put-down-able, and I just love the story (which I think reveals some of my own personal prejudices—I'm a sucker for young love). While not technically YA if you hate that genre it's not the title for you. More info →
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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This groundbreaking classic was downright scandalous in its day—and it hasn’t lost much of its shock value in the intervening 160+ years. Heathcliff is every bit as much the abominable scoundrel now as he was then, and the English moors are every bit as creepy. The gloomy landscape and gothic feel make this a perfect read for this season. More info →
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Gothic mystery, psychological thriller, and love story, all rolled into one, Brontë's themes were astonishingly modern for 1847. If you never read it in high school, fall is the perfect time to pick up this groundbreaking classic that features one of literature’s greatest—if not universally beloved—heroines. More info →
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

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Many critics consider Shelley's gothic tale of a dangerously ambitious young doctor and the monster he creates to be the very first science fiction novel, and influential on the horror genre as well. This book completely surprises many modern readers, who think they know the story and find it to be nothing at all like they expected. The novel's themes remain timeless. More info →
1984

1984

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I discussed this creepy classic with WSIRN guest Scott Flanary on episode 122. If you've never read this surprisingly timely story about the Big Brother who always watches over you and the Thought Police who can read your mind, October is a wonderful time to do so. More info →
The Giver

The Giver

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Welcome to the "ideal" future, where a perfect society embraces Sameness. But something sinister lurks beneath the surface of this tightly controlled community. At a much-anticipated ceremony, the resident twelve-year-olds are sorted into vocational assignments, Harry Potter-style. Jonas is skipped over, and the Chief Elder soon reveals why: instead of receiving a typical assignment, Jonas has been chosen to be the next receiver of memory. When he begins his training with the old man known as The Giver, he discovers books, colors, snow, and love—and he begins to understand what his people lost when they gave away their memories. More info →
The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

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This is a wonderful opportunity to knock another classic off your reading list. In this novella-length story, a British governess becomes convinced the estate she's working on is haunted. A little bit gothic, a little bit ghost story. Give the audio version a try, narrated by Emma Thompson. More info →
The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

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This collection, which Bradbury called "a book of stories pretending to be a novel," was written in 1950. At the time, Bradbury set it in the distant future—which means right about now. In a series of vignettes, he chronicles the collapse and ultimate destruction of earth, the repeated human attempts to find safety on the red planet, and the conflict between the new arrivals and the native Martians. Bradbury never disappoints, and this strange work is among his best. More info →
When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

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Billy Coffey's combination of lyrical style plus quirky characters has drawn comparisons to Flannery O'Connor and Shirley Jackson. This novel centers around Leah, a 9-year-old whose unusual gift—and even more unusual imaginary friend—divide the community she lives in. More info →
The Complete Stories: Flannery O’Connor

The Complete Stories: Flannery O’Connor

O'Connor's work is weird, imaginative, grotesque, and unforgettable. If you've never read her work (or haven't read it since high school?) this is a great place to jump in. Start with the classics Everything That Rises Must Converge, A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and The River. More info →
He Said/She Said

He Said/She Said

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The story opens when Kit and Laura are taking pains to keep any trace of their existence off the internet. We soon learn this is because of an event they witnessed at an eclipse festival in 1999, which had devastating consequences for all involved, consequences that still endanger them today. A fabulous psychological thriller. More info →
Jane Steele

Jane Steele

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Jane Eyre lovers, you can relax: while Faye—and her heroine, Jane Steele—draw serious inspiration from Jane Eyre, it's not a retelling. Instead, it's delightfully meta: our titular narrator tells us the inspiration to write down her story came from "the most riveting book titled Jane Eyre." This Jane is a wise-cracking, whip-smart, unconventional young woman who rebels against Victorian convention, but she has a heart of gold. Numerous winks to the original make this tons of fun for Brontë fans: Jane becomes a governess, there's a stand-in for Mr. Rochester, and of course, something important is locked away in an attic. More info →
Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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Haunting and atmospheric, with a sad truth that dawns on you gradually. Ishiguro slowly introduces the reader to three teens in a 1990s British boarding school. His prose says so much while revealing so little, as it slowly dawns on the reader what is not-quite-right about these children's lives. More info →
The Singer’s Gun

The Singer’s Gun

I've read Mandel's most recent book Station Eleven multiple times (which would also be an excellent spooky pick), and have been slowly working my way through her backlist. I thoroughly enjoyed this terrific crime novel; its key plotline is still the stuff of headline news. More info →
The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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"You are going to die," begins this 2006 novel. A fitting beginning to a story about hard things: a little girl and her family struggling to endure in WWII Nazi Germany. The characters are interesting and unexpected, right down to the unusual narrator. Beautiful, haunting, fascinating, hopeful. More info →
The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Vol I)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Vol I)

If you've never read Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't count), start here: this collection features more than 50 short stories and four novels: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear. These masterful works still feel fresh and new, and hold up to repeated rereadings. More info →

What are your favorite spooky-not-scary books? What would you add to this list? Please share your suggestions in comments!

31 spooky books

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  1. Elise says:

    I’m with you – I don’t read horror, but I do love a good spooky story. A number of Neil Gaiman books and stories would fit the bill, but my favorite is Coraline. Although it’s a children’s book, I think it would have been too scary for me as a kid, but when I read it as a young adult, it was the perfect combination of scary and redemptive.

  2. Rodosvaldo Rodriguez says:

    I love horror books but I also love spooky ones. question: Why do you consider Wuthering Heights spooky?
    Thank you for the list.
    Rodo

  3. Lisa says:

    I feel the same about horror. That’s a big no for me! And although psychological thrillers are not my favorite genre there are a couple that I have read that have been pretty interesting…Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

  4. Susan says:

    I would add Lisa Jewell’s “Then She Was Gone” and “The Broken Girls” by Simone St. James, “Jar Of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier is creepy too. All three of these stories are creepy books but not horror by any means I don’t read that genre at all. These were all solid four star books for me. I think I have seen them on other lists by Ann this year.

  5. Brittney says:

    Such good recommendations! can’t wait to read Among the Shadows – LM Montgomery is my favorite.

    I adored The Thirteenth Tale – if readers enjoyed that book, they should read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I just finished it and found it to be really captivating and slightly creepy – very similar vibe to The Thirteenth Tale, I thought.

  6. Janell says:

    I’m a fan of the spooky-not-scary genre. Thanks for giving me a few new ideas. Some others: Daphne du Maurier’s short story collection The Birds and Other Stories, The Graveyard Book and Nevewhere, both by Neil Gaimon, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafron, the new Nevermoor middle grade series, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

  7. Linda says:

    Love these suggestions! This time of year, my tastes turn towards these type of books, as well as spooky movies from the 1930’s to 1940’s (no gore, & corny enough not to scare me 😳). I would add a book I just finished, American Gothic by Robert Block-set in 1893 with the Chicago World’s Fair as a backdrop. I’ve read many books suggested by MMD over the last couple years, I thank you for so many hours of enjoyment!

  8. Melissa says:

    After years – and I mean YEARS – of seeing you include Shirley Jackson in your lists, I have finally read “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” It did not disappoint! I finished it last night, and I still can’t quite put into words WHY it scared me so much. The writing is pure genius, and it’s balance feels almost boring at times (and I mean that in the most positive way!). I have been suggesting it to everyone I talk to, and I’ll be handing off my purchased copy to a gothic novel loving friend on Saturday. Yay for Halloween creepiness!

  9. Daisy says:

    Great Recommendations!
    Someone once mentioned to me that The Shadow of the Wind is similar to The Thirteenth Tale. Is this true? If so, I’ll have to add it to my TBR. I loved The Shadow of the Wind and re-read it from time to time

  10. Lindsey says:

    I read Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow every Halloween. Also Edgar Allen Poe stories/poems are suitably creepy for this time of year. Ooh, and Shakespeare! Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear… Those would be good reads. I just ordered “Among the Shadows” and can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for the recommendation!

  11. Mary Aiaka says:

    I read “ The woman in the window” AJ Finn this summer and couldn’t put it down..creepy!
    Just finished “ the last time I lied” by Riley Sager and “ pieces of her” by Karin Slaughter..equally creepy and not scary but fast paced..could not stop reading!:)
    I love love scary and horror so if you ever need a terrifying book I have several suggestions:)

  12. Christy says:

    Thank you for this fantastic list! This last came out at just the right time. I too love spooky stories but have put away all of the Stephen King I read as a teenager. I just can’t stomach real horror anymore. I loved The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. This spooky ghost story involved an old sealed door in a dusty corner of a Victorian home and the mystery of why it was sealed shut with 39 carriage bolts. It was just creepy enough and didn’t give me nightmares.

  13. julie a goodwin says:

    Although it’s a children’s book, it’s a classic “The Widow’s Broom” by Chris Van Allsburg . Great illustrations as well! Happy Halloween!

  14. Selma says:

    Ruth Ware is the author of several psychological crime thrillers that have a spooky element to them. (“In a Dark, Dark Wood,” “The Woman in Cabin 10”, “The Lying Game” and “The Death of Mrs. Westaway.”)

  15. Erin says:

    There are many books on this list I have not read, but I recently finished the Audible edition of Jane Eyre read by Thandie Newton – it was fantastic! I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys listening to books. The performance is done so well for such a beautifully written book. I had a “book-hangover” for about a week. Perfect pick for the fall! Wuthering Heights is on my list for November.

    • Leslie says:

      I totally agree with The Secret History. Donna Tartt knows how to mess with my head and I had the most vivid dreams/nightmares while reading that book. To me so much better than The Goldfinch.

  16. Marcia says:

    I have read all of the Gamache books by Louise Penny….can hardly wait for the next one in November. They should be read in sequential order.
    We were Liars…read this for our teen book club.

  17. Carol Santilli says:

    Anyone read “The Bad Seed” by William March? That’s a scary one… I’d be afraid of the girl in that book.

    • Melanie Beisert says:

      I have. We did a reader’s theater version or something like that in my junior high theatre class. I cannot tell you how often, 30+ years later, that story comes to mind!

  18. Jenetta says:

    I absolutely love Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger for Halloween reading. I love the Inspector Gamache novels too.

  19. emily says:

    I usually stick to cozy books in autumn, but I read one creepy book each October, and this year’s choice is “The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.” It’s definitely creepy, but not gruesome or horror-y (although there are suggestions of it). I’m only about halfway through (it’s long!), but so far it’s a good read!

  20. Melanie Beisert says:

    I feel the same way. I do not like horror stories at all, but a good book that leaves you cringing just a bit is wonderful. I was just telling someone about The Hot Zone today. I would close the book and look away in parts it was so “scary.” Another one that had me that way in many parts is The Poisonwood Bible. What do you think?

  21. Katie says:

    I love Daphne DuMaurier, and any of her books could make this list. Everyone’s favorite is Rebecca, but mine is Jamaica Inn! This is a great list. I’m adding several to my TBR list.

  22. Aimee says:

    I just reread To Kill A Mockingbird and it definitely has some spookiness, but not enough to give you nightmares. Plus it’s just such an amazing read! I feel like it would be a good fit with others on this list.

  23. Jenny Williams says:

    Great recommendations, but you’ve left the Queen of the Gothic out – Ann Radcliffe! I would suggest either The Mysteries of Udolpho or The Italian for this list.
    For more modern authors, try Antonia Hodgson’s Thomas Hawkins series. The first one is The Devil in the Marshalsea.

  24. Rachel says:

    I’m currently reading the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths, and while I didn’t pick it up because I wanted a good spooky October read, this list has me realizing that it fits that description perfectly. Ruth is an archeologist so the stories explore ancient curses and vengeful gods and all sorts of eerie things. Plus Ruth lives on a creepy English moor. This is the first mystery series I’ve found since finishing Louise Penny’s Gamache books that I really love.

  25. Elham says:

    I loved “We Have Always Lived In The Castle” so much I read it twice, and I’m not a big re-reader at all. “A Stranger In The House” by Shari Lapena is a thriller, but it’s also super fun. It actually put me more in mind of a CW drama than a horror film so that might be a good choice!

  26. Hannah says:

    I’m with you on “spooky not scary”! I like reading The Scarlet Letter around this time of year or something by Dickens. This is a fun post! I’m taking Rebecca with me on vacation next week, so I’m looking forward to that. 🙂

    • Candace says:

      Yes!! Loved The Little Stranger. The author created such a gradual sense of foreboding and dread. I couldn’t stop reading!

  27. Rose Ann Moon says:

    Reading Jane Steele now! Loved The Thirteenth Tale years ago. May need to reread that one. Also love the Veronica Speedwell series.

  28. Stacie says:

    Such a fabulous book! I agree Neil Gaimon would be a great addition. Oceans was a bit scary for me, I am a lightweight. Lol But I LOVE Neverwhere. I read or listen to it at least once a year. I think Stardust would fit this list too.

  29. Jenny says:

    Great list! I’m with you about preferring spooky to scary books! I’m currently reading As I Descended by Robin Talley, which is a modern day lesbian retelling of Macbeth and so far I think it would definitely fit into this list!

  30. Beth Schmelzer says:

    You will love the fast-paced writing by Hank Phillippi Ryan, first her cozies and now her thrillers. TRUST ME is her latest release which follows other wonderful play on words titles like THE OTHER WOMAN and WHAT YOU SEE!

  31. Brittney R. says:

    Ooh, such a good list! I’ve read and been deliciously creeped out by many of these. I always reread The Crucible this time of year… Salem Witch trials are just too perfect. I think Puritans have the right amount of creep factor and no horror for me. I’ve also added Rebecca and Among the shadows to my TBR list, thanks!

  32. Anne S says:

    I’m with Alison – The Little Stranger is spooky & atmospheric; and a great depiction of a crumbling house & a way of life. Oh, and yes, Night Film and The Historian are great choices. Daniel Hecht has written several books about a ghost-hunter; the first, City of Masks, has some SERIOUSLY creepy moments. Jonathan Aycliffe, F G Cottam, and Sarah Rayne write rather old-fashioned British, spooky, haunted house-type novels. Gemma Files’ Experimental Film is not an old-fashioned ghost story, but instead the tale of an evil presence brought to life through film. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand is an excellent spooky, atmospheric novella. I recently read The String Diaries by Steven Lloyd Jones and it falls on the spooky but not horror spectrum too.

  33. Anne S says:

    I’m with Alison – The Little Stranger is spooky & atmospheric; and a great depiction of a crumbling house & a way of life. Oh, and yes, Night Film and Oops, I should have posted my comment here, I think.. Please ignore if you see the duplicates! Creepy, supernatural, but not horror is my favourite genre! I’m with Alison – The Little Stranger is spooky & atmospheric; a great depiction of a crumbling house & way of life. Night Film and The Historian are great choices. Daniel Hecht has written several books about a ghost-hunter; the first, City of Masks, has some SERIOUSLY creepy moments. Jonathan Aycliffe, F G Cottam, and Sarah Rayne write rather old-fashioned British, spooky, haunted house-type novels. Gemma Files’ Experimental Film is not an old-fashioned ghost story, but instead the tale of an evil presence brought to life through film. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand is an excellent spooky, atmospheric novella. I recently read The String Diaries by Steven Lloyd Jones and it falls on the spooky but not horror spectrum too. Love this post and thread!

  34. Molly says:

    The scariest book I have read in quite some time is The Handmaid’s Tale. Especially considering the political climate of today I found the situation of the women so chilling!

  35. Tom says:

    Wonderful list – and I fully agree, I can’t do ‘proper scary’ i.e. horror in either books or films, but I love a good thriller.

    A few more recommendations in a similar vein – ‘The Name of the Rose’ is full of suspense and mystery and is genuinely unsettling at times whilst never lingering too long in the shadows.

    ‘The Heart of Darkness’ is short and the tension is palpable throughout, never letting up

    ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ is another brilliantly crafted an unnerving read

    ‘The Wasp Factory’ is possibly the single most unsettling book I’ve read in a long time, partly because it stays so close to reality but without much in the way of redemption

    And lastly a short book by Penelope Fitzgerald called ‘The Gate of Angels’ which doesn’t feel like it’s going to be scary at all, and then suddenly, when it is, it’s all the more effective.

  36. Kelly Moore says:

    I love that you included THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay. It’s one of my favorites. How the book came to be published is also an amazing story: self-published book that caught the interest by word-of-mouth of someone from Simon & Schuster!

  37. Kristina says:

    My favorite creepy-not-scary book is “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Augrey Neifenger. I loved it 10x more than The Time Traveler’s Wife.

  38. Majilyn says:

    I agree I do not like creepy horror books. I like the sweet mysteries that have a little humor . The Molly Murphy mysteries series ,The Royal Spy mysteries series and the Mrs. Jeffers mysteries series also Mary-Jane Deeb’s mysteries.
    Marilyn

  39. Tom says:

    Quick shout out for Phillip Pullman. There’s a lot of gripping tension and creepy ideas in the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, I remember being scared out of my wits reading ‘The Lost Boy’ chapter in ‘The Northern Lights’ (The Golden Compass). And his latest book ‘The Book of Dust’ is full of gripping menace and creepy tension from the first page.

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