Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: Spooky TBR Highlights

October 22, 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme was “books I’d give different titles to”, which I love as a theme, but my creativity bank has been just about EMPTY lately, folks! I had plans originally to theme every October T10T to horror books and films, but sadly, I missed T10T altogether the last few weeks. Since I finally had the spoons to write up a list this week, I decided to talk about ten spooky reads on my TBR! Maybe these will inspire those of you who are looking for some new spooky reads, too!

1. Remains — Andrew Cull

spooky themes:
grief, murder, haunted house, mental illness ← and one of my favorite horror authors!

2. Better Watch Out — Willow Rose

spooky themes:
Christmas horror, scary Santa, short story, kindle unlimited ← I love a good Christmas scare!

3. Children of the Dark — Jonathan Janz

spooky themes:
serial killers, ancient evil, coming-of-age horror, monsters/creatures, high body counts ← my favorite horror author; I can’t recommend Jonathan’s work highly enough!

4. We Live Inside Your Eyes — Kealan Patrick Burke

spooky themes:
short story collection, old gods, creepy kids ← another favorite horror author of mine, Kealan’s short story collections are pure genius every time.

5. Off Season — Jack Ketchum

spooky themes:
cannibalism, isolated cabins, graphic gore, kindle unlimited, did I mention cannibalism? ← after The Girl Next Door, I swore off Ketchum for a while, but everyone tells me this is a MUST-READ if you like extreme horror!

6. Pretty Marys All in a Row — Gwendolyn Kiste

spooky themes:
urban legends, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, infamous “Mary”s, kindle unlimited ← I love anything that involves twisted nursery rhymes and urban legends!

7. Pretty Girls — Karin Slaughter

spooky themes:
missing girls, shocking twists, explicit violence ← a thriller, not horror, but I’m told it’s pretty shockingly eerie and dark nonetheless…

8. How Much To…? — Matt Shaw

spooky themes:
horror “games”/competitions, extreme violence/gore, kindle unlimited ← I dunno if anyone else can relate, but sometimes, I’m just in the mood for something as gross and dark as possible, and the reviews make it sound like this fits that description pretty well!

9. The Deep — Alma Katsu

spooky themes:
historical horror, ghosts, haunted ships, Titanic ← Titanic-themed horror?! How could I NOT be all about this?

10. Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories — edited by Ellen Datlow

spooky themes:
anthologies, ghost stories, tons of bestselling authors ← 800+ pages of my favorite horror theme: ghost stories? HELL. YES. And it includes some of my faves like Seanan McGuire and Nathan Ballingrud!

Did any of these spooky reads catch your eye, or have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments — or suggest a spooky read for ME to add to MY TBR!


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  • Reply Dedra @ A Book Wanderer October 22, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Great list! The Deep is on my tbr list too. It sounds so good!

  • Reply Musings of a (Book) Girl October 22, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I’m pretty sure I’ll have nightmares tonight just from the title alone on We Live Inside Your Eyes. *shivers* C R E E P Y

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 28, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Haha! I’ve never really let the title “sink in” until I read your comment, and I shivered a little. You’re right, it IS creepy!

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress October 22, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Pretty Marys and The Deep sounds fantastic!

  • Reply Brooke Lorren October 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Glad you’re back! Hope you like these books when you get to them.

  • Reply Jess @ Jessticulates October 22, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Great list! I haven’t heard of most of these, so I’ll have to check them out. 🙂

  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess October 22, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I love your spooky list! I’ve added a fair few of these to my TBR, I quite enjoyed Pretty Girls.
    When it comes to creepy reads I love the Red Eye series from Stripes, it’s a really diverse collection.
    Cora |

  • Reply Ellyn October 22, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Ngl, The Deep sounds AMAZING

  • Reply Chai @ Like Chai Tea October 22, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Not only is ‘We Live Inside Your Eyes’ a spooky yet intriguing title, the cover’s also creepy! And as someone who’s looking for some spooky reads, THANK YOU for this list.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂 And yeah, I love Kealan’s covers. He designs them all himself and he’s so talented!

  • Reply lydiaschoch October 22, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I love spooky reads, so I’m definitely saving this list for future reference. 🙂

    My TTT.

  • Reply Patrick Prescott October 22, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Ghost stories have always fascinated me. Here’s mine:

  • Reply kaitgoodwin October 22, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I’m not a big fan of spooky books, but I hope you enjoy all of these!
    My Top Ten Tuesday!
    Happy reading! 🙂

  • Reply whatcathyreadnext October 22, 2019 at 10:10 am

    ‘My Creativity Bank Is Empty’..maybe that will turn up as a book title one day ?

  • Reply anovelglimpse October 22, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I’ve wanted to read Pretty Girls for a long time, but have been too scared to do so. I love seeing it made your list for today.

    My TTT.

  • Reply Becca Leighanne (Bex) October 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I pretty much just added all of these to my TBR, lmao. Thank you.

  • Reply Kal @ Reader Voracious October 25, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Children of the Dark is lowkey terrifying, ahahaha. I think you will enjoy that one! I am adding The Deep to my TBR right now

  • Reply Teresa Beasley October 26, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I am so for the dark and disturbing. I may add The Deep and How Much to..? to my TBR.

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