Eerie Escapes: Must-Read Books for Halloween and Beyond
This Halloween, immerse yourself in a world of ghosts, witches, and spine-tingling mysteries with these captivating books recommended by Bedside Reading founder Jane Ubell-Meyer. These recommendations are not just ideal for the spooky season of Halloween, but they offer spellbinding stories that can be enjoyed any time of the year. While there’s something special about diving into tales of ghosts, witches, and mysteries during the fall, these books offer timeless themes and engaging narratives that will keep you hooked all year-round.
Ghost House by Sara Connell
First up on the list is “Ghost House” by Sara Connell, a collection of modern feminist ghost stories that will transport you to the streets of Chicago, New York City, and Prague. In these tales, the madwomen are out of the attic and roaming free, blurring the line between magic and reality. These stories explore all the ways in which women can be haunted and redeemed, making for a haunting and thought-provoking read.
Witch: Divine Alignments with the Primordial Energies of Magick and Cycles of Nature By Valerie Love
Embrace the ancient archetype of the witch with “Witch” by Valerie Love. This book delves into the magic of the witch, exploring the witch’s apothecary, the witch’s code, various witchcraft traditions, and the realm of spirits that a witch operates within. Join Valerie Love on a journey to uncover the deep and mystical world of witchcraft, proving that what was once burned was never truly lost, only reborn from the ashes.
The Ghost Illusion by Kat Martin
Prepare to be on the edge of your seat with “THE GHOST ILLUSION” by Kat Martin. In this spine-tingling tale, New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin combines elements of psychological thriller and ghost story. Follow one woman’s daring quest for the truth behind a historic British tragedy as she tests the boundaries between life and death.
Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce
A young soap opera actress with a mysterious past is fired from her job. She flees to Europe and trying to make a fresh start, she marries a glamorous stranger named Orlando Montague and keeps her past closely hidden. Together, they move to LA where she is cast in a dream role – the lead in a remake of Rebecca. As she immerses herself in that eerie Gothic tale, Orlando’s personality changes and ghosts of her past reemerge. In this thrilling and twisty homage to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the story ricochets through the streets of Los Angeles, a dangerous marriage to an exotic stranger, and the mind of a young woman whose past may not release her. (A classic, read this one twice!)
Her Little Flowers by Shannon Morgan
Fans of Gothic fiction will devour “HER LITTLE FLOWERS” by Shannon Morgan. Set in the lush hills of England’s Lake District, this bewitchingly atmospheric and melancholic modern ghost story follows a solitary woman whose quiet life is disrupted when her estranged sister returns with a harrowing tale of cruelty and desperation from decades past. This haunting tale will leave you spellbound.
Ghosted by Sarah Ready
Jillian Nejat is the only dating and relationship expert on the planet who is incapable of speaking to men. If they’re living, if they’re breathing, it’s game over. With her bank account at zero, her career a dumpster fire, and her dating life in a ten-year slump, she moves into a tiny, dirt-cheap NYC apartment. Unfortunately, the apartment is already occupied. Daniel (no-last-name) is a sexy, shirtless, six-pack wielding heartthrob who is also…dead. He isn’t living. He isn’t breathing. He’s a ghost. He’s also the only man on the planet that Jillian can talk to. Soon, Daniel’s convinced that it’s his afterlife mission to resurrect Jillian’s love life. He knows, if he helps her fall in love then he can move on. Jillian agrees. The last thing she needs is a Lothario ghost haunting her living room. But then, one practice date leads to another, one confession leads to more, and suddenly Jillian fears she’s falling for the one man she can never love.
As much as I adore traveling to new destinations, I have an equally profound love for the world of books. Reading, for me, is like embarking on a journey without ever having to leave the comfort of home. Reading not only transports you to different times and places but also allows you to explore the depths of the human experience. Whether I’m curled up sitting by the fire or lounging on the beach, a good book has the power to whisk me away to far-off lands and mysterious realms.
So, whether you’re looking for feminist ghost stories, tales of ancient witches, psychological thrillers with a supernatural twist, or Gothic mysteries, these books have something for every avid reader. Get ready to be haunted and thrilled by these eerie and suspenseful tales that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Happy reading!