What’s Your Favorite Scary Book? Here’s What Staff & Librarians Had to Say (from our October Morning Book Buzz Chat!)

By Jennifer Rubins | October 17 2023 | Morning Book BuzzStaff Picks

Every great show has a Halloween episode! We brewed up a Morning Booooooook Buzz for October with the aim to fill librarians’ trick-or-treat TBR lists with sweet and scary book picks. Whether or not you brought the coffee, the pumpkin spiced lattes, or your love for a fall theme—we dared to bring on the books (with some costume touches to boot!). Our October MBB hosts selected some chilling picks to kick off the convo this month: What is your favorite scary book? Click here if you dare to watch the full episode or keep reading below to find the scary book picks librarians love.

Hosts Jen C., Maureen, and Sharnell discussed their picks:

Jan C. selected THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM by Claudia Gray

Jen C.: “I know THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM is not the scariest book there is but that’s how I roll. If you haven’t checked this out, this is a really super cute mystery series by Claudia Gray.”

Maureen selected THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson

“I went classic. I’m sure you all know
by Shirley Jackson —you can’t go wrong with that, and I do love a good horror book. I’ve read it several times.”

Sharnell selected THEME MUSIC by T. Marie Vandelly

Sharnell: “I picked THEME MUSIC by T. Marie Vandelly. I didn’t know what to expect going into this and I definitely had the creeps after I read it. So I highly suggest it if you like that sort of thing.”

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OK —we LOVE a great reading list! CHECK OUT some of YOUR favorite scary reads as shared during the October 2023 Morning Book Buzz:

Since its publication in 1897 Dracula has enthralled generations of readers with the alluring malevolence of its undead Count, the most famous vampire in literature. Though Bram Stoker did not invent vampires, his novel helped catapult them to iconic stature, spawning a genre of stories and movies that flourishes to this day. A century of imitations has done nothing to diminish the fascination of Stoker’s tale of a suave and chilling monster as he stalks his prey from a crumbling castle in Transylvania’s Carpathian mountains to an insane asylum in England to the bedrooms of his swooning female victims. A classic of Gothic horror, Dracula remains an irresistible entertainment of undying appeal.

The Shining
A classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King, now available in trade paperback in anticipation of the publication of a long-awaited sequel, Doctor Sleep (Scribner, Fall '13).

Parable of the Talents
A Novel
The riveting sequel to Octavia Butler's bestselling Parable of the Sower, now with a new introduction.

The September House
A woman is determined to stay in her dream home even after it becomes a haunted nightmare in this compulsively readable, twisty, and layered debut novel.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret, now a part of the Penguin Vitae series. A Penguin Classic Hardcover

In Cold Blood
From the Modern Library comes a newly repackaged hardcover edition of the classic from Truman Capote.

Scary picks in Spanish

It (Eso) / It: A Novel
Now in Spanish, Stephen King's terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, "a landmark in American literature" (Chicago Sun-Times)--about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers...an evil without a name: It.[English edition: IT, by Stephen King / 9781501175466 (Scribner, 9/5/2017)]

Cementerio de animales / Pet Sematary
Now in Spanish, Stephen King's #1 New York Times bestseller Pet Sematary (Cementerio de animales), a "wild, powerful, disturbing" (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave--among King's most iconic and beloved novels.Soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures starring John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, and Amy Seimetz![English edition: Pet Sematary, by Stephen King / 9780743412285 (Gallery Books, 2/1/2002)]

El libro del cementerio/ The Graveyard Book
Guiado por su instinto, un bebé escapa de la cuna en medio de la noche y logra alcanzar el cementerio más cercano a su casa. El individuo que lo persigue, cuchillo en guante, acaba de asesinar a toda su familia y está decidido a terminar con él. Pero los espectros del camposanto protegen al pequeño y acaban acogiéndolo en sus tierras. Aunque esta vez se le ha escapado, el siniestro hombre Jack no descansará hasta cumplir su misión...«Pocos autores hay en la narrativa actual con la capacidad de sorpresa, la ternura y la profunda originalidad que caracterizan la escritura de Gaiman.»ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONNeil Gaiman's perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book, has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association’s “Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book,” a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year. Don't miss this modern classic—whether shared as a read-aloud or read independently.
Age 10 and up

Drácula / Dracula

Do you offer the Spanish edition of this bitingly good classic?