10 Spooky Books Coming Out This October [Featured Site Content]
Oct 05, 2017, 06:37am
It's Halloween season, and it seems like everyone is beginning to indulge in a little extra spookiness. Even the publishing industry is getting in the spirit! As a book reviewer, I've noticed that an unusually high number of horror, thriller, and supernatural books are being published this month, as everyone tries to capitalize on the mood of the season. Below are ten of the books I'm most excited about that are coming out this month:

1. From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

This is the second book from the woman behind the popular Youtube series "Ask a Mortician," and it just came out earlier this week, on October 3rd. Two years ago, she published a memoir about her experiences working in the American funeral industry and how they led her to want to change the detached and corporatized way the country deals with death. Now, with From Here to Eternity, Caitlin gives readers a sneak peek at the vast diversity of death practices around the world to show that there isn't just one "right way" to hold a funeral and show respect for the dead. From the high-tech crematories of Japan to a small Indonesian village where people keep their mummified family members in the house, the book covers many strange and unfamiliar practices in a way that will get you really thinking about what you would find meaningful for your own funeral.

2. Haunted Nights, edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton

Another book that just came out on October 3rd, Haunted Nights is an anthology of short stories edited by Lisa Morton and the illustrious Ellen Datlow. If you've never read any of Ellen Datlow's collections before, you're in for a treat. She specializes in anthologies in the horror genre and has many years of experience putting together brilliant collections. As its focus, Haunted Nights brings to life the holiday of Halloween with stories by authors such as Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, and Kelly Armstrong. Most of the stories take place on Halloween night. Some involve ghosts, while others have a more sinister evil. These bite-size stories are a great way to get a little taste of horror each day leading up to Halloween.

3. Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray

If YA urban fantasy is more your speed, you definitely don't want to miss this latest installment by Libba Bray, also published on the 3rd. Before the Devil Breaks You is the third book in the Diviners series, which if you haven't started yet, I highly recommend it. The series is set in 1920s New York, where a number of teens are finding that they have various supernatural powers, from psychometry to dreamwalking to communicating with the dead. As their powers develop, they begin to discover a terrible evil infiltrating the city, which seems to be orchestrated by a mysterious man known as the King of Crows. In this book, the teens explore a haunted mental asylum and ultimately come up against the King of Crows, himself.

4. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnkee

If you read my post a few weeks back about great gothic podcasts, then you'll already be familiar with Lore, a folklore-based podcast narrated by Aaron Mahnkee. But if podcasts aren't really your thing, you can now get the same great material in book format, once it comes out on October 10th. The World of Lore takes Aaron Mahnkee's research into stories from folklore around the world and organizes it into cleverly arranged themes. One section focuses entirely on stories of the reanimated dead (whether vampires or zombies), while another examines various trickster creatures, and another explores ghosts. Some of the content may be redundant if you've listened to much of the podcast, but seeing the stories side by side and laid out under overarching themes helps to give them a new perspective.

5. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Also coming out October 10th is another YA fantasy by one of my absolute favorite authors. All the Crooked Saints is a new stand-alone from the woman who brought us The Raven Boys and the The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. The book centers on a family in the middle of Colorado who all of the power to perform miracles. Knowing Maggie Stiefvater, though, it's not going to be a happy and light-hearted sort of tale.

6. The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

Here's one more for October 10th. The Breathless is a debut novel by new author Tara Goedjen. It brings traditional gothic horror into the Young Adult realm with a mysterious death, missing memories, and a stately manor house. Roxanne Cole's body was found on the beach a year before. When her old boyfriend arrives at her family's manor with no memories of the previous year, her sister Mae begins to do some digging. The answers she finds reveal dangerous secrets about the whole family.

7. The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

This nonfiction book on the grisly history of Victorian medicine comes out on October 17th. In the nineteenth century, the study and practice of medicine was often bloody, gruesome work. Students raided cemeteries for cadavers to study and surgeons performed in public operating theaters where the curious could gather and watch. Surgeries more often led to death from infect than to actual recovery. The Butchering Art focuses on the man who changed all that: Joseph Lister. Lister was a British surgeon who pioneered the idea of antiseptic surgery—sterilizing instruments and cleaning wounds to kill off germs and prevent infection. It seems like a pretty basic concept, but before doctors gained a solid understanding of bacteria, they often used dirty tools and spread infections from one patient to the next. Who needs horror fiction, when real life has so much blood and gore?

8. Strange Weather by Joe Hill

This latest release from the son of horror master Stephen King comes out on October 24th. Strange Weather is a collection of four different novellas that blend horror and science fiction. The first of these, "Snapshot," is about a young teen who encounters a man with a camera that can erase memories. In the second story, "Aloft," a parachute jumper lands on a strange solid cloud. "Rain" is an apocalyptic story about a day when nails rain down from the sky. And finally, "Loaded" tells the story of a hero cop who slowly loses his sanity.

9. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

These last two come out on Halloween day—who wants to go trick-or-treating for books? Beasts Made of Night is another debut YA novel. It's a Nigerian-influenced fantasy set in a world where mages can use feelings of guilt to create monsters called sin-beasts. Other mages employ young sin-eaters to slay these beasts at the cost of their own sanity. Seventeen-year-old Taj is one such sin-eater who find himself at the center of a deadly conspiracy. This dark-tinged fantasy sounds right up my alley.

10. The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gates

Last but not least is this historical thriller set in the glamorous world of 1940s Hollywood. The story follows Penny Harp, who discovers the severed thumb of her best friend, Rosemary, and realizes that the promising young actress has been murdered. The police consider Penny their prime suspect, and she must enlist the help of a friendly film noir star to help clear her name and find Rosemary's real killer. But in the midst of their investigation, Penny is hiding some secrets of her own. If you like death with a bit of glitz and glamor, this sounds like the perfect Halloween read.

What are you reading this month? Are you going to check out any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Written By: TheGothicLibrarian
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Oct 05, 2017, 09:48am
'The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures' looks intriguing. I might check it out.
This month I'm looking forward to 'The Flame Bearer' - the latest book in the Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell. It's not really Gothic fiction but if you like historical fiction and Vikings then I'd recommend it.
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Oct 05, 2017, 11:36am
If you want more info on the first book, check out the full review on my blog!

I'll also be posting reviews of The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures and Haunted Nights soon.
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Oct 05, 2017, 05:51pm
Isabel Burning and Red Horses by Donna Lynch are both excellent horror novels
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Oct 05, 2017, 09:53pm
Reading?! No!!!
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Oct 09, 2017, 05:19pm
Are they on Amazon
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Oct 09, 2017, 06:58pm
darkblood109 Yes, they should be! You can pre-order the ones that aren't out yet.
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Oct 18, 2017, 09:09pm
Okay :-)
Oct 21, 2017, 01:51pm
Funny enough I happen to check out From Here to Eternity from the library the other day. Its pretty good so far. Scene it October I'll do my annual reading of Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft as well.
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Oct 21, 2017, 02:28pm
My review of World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures and my review of Haunted Nights are now up on my blog.
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