Spooky Reads for Halloween! (2022)

We are once again on the doorstep of the spooky season. As the temperatures cool and the beverages become hot and spiced, you may find yourself in need of a book to read to set the mood. Well look no further! Angry Angel Books has what spooky lovers crave. Don’t forget to smash that subscribe button while you’re here.

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2021 Spooky Reads for Halloween

All books below have their full reviews linked at the title. If you want more info, click to read my review, plus I also link to Goodreads where you can read more info and other reviews if you wish.

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James is a story that can’t decide whether it is a murder mystery or a haunted house/curse type story, but you’ll burn through it so quickly you won’t much care. I’m still working on my full review on this one, but my suggestion is to definitely let it give you the creeps.

The Fervor by Alma Katsu gets my full endorsement. It’s got vengeful spirit vibes alongside the terror of an unstoppable airborne virus. If you like horror, if you like historical fiction, if you like learning about other cultures, or about how United States culture can be horrifying, go get this one. You won’t regret it.

The Ex Hex (The Ex Hex #1) by Erin Sterling has some plot holes in it but if you like witches, magic, curses, and steamy romance you couldn’t ask for more. A fast read full of spooky ladies.

The Kiss Curse (The Ex Hex #2) by Erin Sterling has a more solid story but is more of a tease about the steamy scenes. Same amount of witchy wonderfulness and lots of magic both light and dark.

The Hacienda by Isabel Canas is 100% a haunted house tale that roots itself in generational trauma that demands justice via ghosts and supernatural events. Terrifying from start to finish.

Book of Night by Holly Black asks what if shadow magic was literally magical shadows that people could use however they wished. It’s also a survival story that put social class and personhood front and center. Who should be allowed to use magic and at what cost is magic worth it? Take a trip into the shadowy underworld with an author that is reliably dodgy with her twists.

The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings has witches and a society that works to steal that magic from women through sneaky legal manipulation. What do women owe to the world when that world seeks to dehumanize them and steal their natural abilities? This one is a psychological trip, not necessarily scary in the traditional sense, but it’s got witches and magic and brooms, what else could you want?

Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White is one for the young readers. Three siblings get sent to their “aunt’s” house under suspicious circumstances. Their aunt leaves them at what is obviously an extremely haunted and maudlin waterpark where hijinx ensue. A “we can’t tell them what to do or it won’t happen” type story. You might be surprised to find yourself holding your breath.

Hide by Kiersten White keeps up with her 2022 haunted park theme in her adult debut. A supernatural game of hide and seek with strange disappearances and horrifying creatures. Yet another tale in which social class and wealth is the true horror, but you’ll have plenty of gore and mystery too.

The Bone Orchard by Sara A Mueller is elegant in its horror. Beautiful dresses, delicious food and drink, all set in an imperial brothel run by reanimated corpses. Psychological elements, zombie-type creations, and a crumbling empire will keep you nervous and guessing until the end.

The City of Dusk by Tara Sim was my favorite of all the YA authors’ adult debuts that all seemed to come out in 2022. Fire, darkness, necromancy, and light – Sim creates a dying world that its inhabitants will try to save and control, some by whatever means necessary. Death, zombies, possessions, and more. Highly recommended.

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