While you're waiting for those trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, settle down with a perfectly mysterious book (and a pile of your favorite miniature chocolates). These novels — some old, some new — are all loaded with atmosphere, intrigue and just the right amount of creep.
1. "Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice
You may have seen the classic movie with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, but if you've never read the book, it's worth it. It's beautifully written, thoughtful and richly told. It's fun to get to know these iconic characters more and really see how much Anne Rice has influenced every major vampire franchise since the book's release.
Content note: Infrequent swearing, some sensuality and vampire violence
2. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury
This book also has a fun movie adaptation from Disney, but the book itself is so rich and amazing. If you haven't read this classic, you must. A strange carnival rolls into town on a crisp October night. Best friends Jim and Will are eager to check out the attractions. But they soon find this carnival — Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show — has far more sinister plans than simple entertainment.
Content note: Some mildly creepy images
3. "All the Missing Girls" by Megan Miranda
This New York Times bestseller is a fantastic thriller about the past coming back to haunt the present. Nic heads back to her hometown to help her sick father, and instead finds new and old terrifying experiences. The coolest part: the narrative is told backwards, which makes it hard to put down, mysterious and thrilling until the very end.
Content note: Some foul language, including some F-words, some violence and occasional sexual references.
4. "Black Rabbit Hall" by Eve Chase
This newer book is classic gothic fiction (think "Rebecca" or "The Forgotten Garden"). It has everything: an old English country estate, family secrets, tragedies, romance and atmosphere all over the place. Author Eve Chase's writing is gorgeous, blending past and present narratives to uncover all those secrets, and keep the reader wanting more.
Content note: Some mild violence and mild sexual references