Crisp October nights are the perfect nights to curl up in front of your propane fireplace and read some spooky tales. The Halloween season can be a blast for both children and adults, filled with spooky TV specials, movies and of course, costumes.

If you prefer to curl up in front of your fireplace with a spooky book, where do you begin? Of course, there are a plethora of truly terrifying to slightly scary books available to get in the Halloween spirit. Do you need some suggestions? We’re happy to help:

Edgar Allan Poe Tales

This short story author and poet is famous for bis moody, macabre tales. This 19th century author enjoyed exploring the topic of death and impending doom. One of the his most famous stories, “The Raven” revolves around a grieving lover and takes place in front of a fireplace (unfortunately, not a propane fireplace)

However, “The Raven” is only one of a series of spooky tales penned by Poe. Other classics include, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and  “The Fall of the House of Usher.” On a cold, rainy night, Poe’s stricken tales could be the perfect reading material.


Have you seen the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek? Based on a 1974 novel penned by then-unknown author Stephen King, this book freaks out bullies across the country. Misfit Carrie White lives isolated with her abusive, fundamentalist Christian mother, which affects her social skills at the high school she attends. After being horrifically bullied at her prom, Carrie unleashes brutal revenge on her mean-hearted tormentors.

Interview with the Vampire

Way before the incredibly awful Twilight series was made into equally bad movies, Interview with the Vampire was one of the most famous vampire movies. This 1994 movie was based off a famous Anne Rice novel published in 1976. To make this vampire novel even spookier, this gothic horror novel takes place in the spooky city of New Orleans. Narrated by a depressed vampire, Louis, this tale features all kinds of creepy characters.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

If you want to have a spooky good time with your kids, read them stories from this collection of short stories authored by Alvin Schwartz. Based on folklore, these are classic horror tales, including a plethora of frightening characters such as escaped convicts with hooks for hands. Beware of the nightmares that might result from these tales.

The Silence of the Lambs

This 1981 novel was so enthralling and terrifying that it was made into an award-winning horror movie starring Sir Anthony Hopkins in 1991. This famous novel is actually a sequel to Thomas Harris’ previous book, Red Dragon. As FBI agent Clarice Starling searches for an active serial killer, she consults with Dr. Hannibal Lector, an institutionalized serial killer. Charming and refined, Lector is an extremely manipulative serial killer who enjoys eating his victims. To learn more, you’ll have to read the book.

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