Hello everyone! Halloween is just a day away and so today I’m looking at books with my favourite spooky settings. In most of the cases, the books have inspired my favourite spooky settings. I don’t often read horror or thriller type books, but really enjoy being scared truthfully, because it feels like such an interactive and immersive experience when I have that with a book!

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The Diviners by Libra Bray

The Diviners is one of the most atmospheric books I’ve read. I recently just listened to the audiobook and can confirm that everything I’d heard anyone say about the audiobook being amazing is fact. I loved how suspenseful this book was, the supernatural elements and the murderous plot. Evie O’Neill is officially my favourite new heroine and she was the perfect lead for this story.

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Charmed is the only bookish exception in this list, but honestly one of the most memorable for me because it was my favourite show growing up. Honestly the demons infringing upon the sisters house ALL THE TIME was the most frustrating thing, but terrified me as a child. It was always aided by really suspenseful music too. (I also think they nailed their Halloween episodes everytime.)

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

I feel like dinosaurs gone wild is kind of a niche spooky setting, but this audiobook is one of the most chilling books I’ve read yet. I also kind of love every instalment in the movie franchise too, they are definitely my guilty pleasures!

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

I did not know mermaids could be scary until I read this book. Mira Grant wrote a truly terrifying book about mermaids that is scarily plausible. Like what if we weren’t the apex predators? And what if you were stranded and defenseless in the deepest part of the ocean with no way to defend yourself against these predators?? This touches upon my own personal fear of being stranded and my slight fear of the ocean and all the unknown of it all, so this book was especially scary to me because of my own personal fears.


Nightflyers by George R.R. Martin

Honestly, this is one of the most memorably scary books I’ve read recently because similarly to Into the Drowning Deep, it touches on something I genuinely fear and that’s being stranded. Except in this book, these characters are stranded in space and the AI that runs their ship might be sabotaging their voyage. This book gave me a strange claustrophobic feeling and I kind of loved it!

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