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Salem's Lot by Stephen King: Stephen King's second novel, published in 1975, is still scaring the heck out of anyone who reads it 30 years later. In this scary vampire tale, the main character Ben Mears goes back to his hometown to write a book about the Marsten House, an abandoned house where he had a bad experience as a child, only to find the people of the town are turning into vampires. Stephen King has been quoted several times saying, of all his books Salem's Lot is his favorite. This book is the perfect way to scare the crap out of you early in the season.
 
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier: Classic tale of wealthy man meets pretty woman, marries her, and takes her to his creepy far off mansion. After moving into Maximillian De Winter's mansion, the narrator (who is never named) is introduced to Mr. De Winter's (terrible) house keeper Mrs. Danvers who tells her about Rebecca, his previous wife who passed away the year prior. This novel takes stalking your new love's ex to a new level. Du Maurier delves into obsession perfectly in this creepy yet romantic novel.
 
Witches of Eastwick by John Updike: We couldn't have a fall favorites list without at least one book about witches and here it is. This witchy tale is of 3 women living in a small New England town (all great fall themed books take place in New England, don't they?) who acquire their powers after leaving their husbands. Their newfound coven is then disrupted by the arrival of Darryl Van Horne, who moves into town and seduces each of the witches, encouraging each one of their creative powers. There is also a pretty rad 80s movie rendition of the book starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Who doesn't want to see Cher play a witch??
 
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: This graphic novel is a collection of five spooky stories that are sure to draw you in the moment you pick up this book. It's beautiful and haunting, with a touch of Grimm-like fantasy. And just because it has illustrations doesn't mean this book won't scare the pants off you, because it will.
 
The October Country by Ray Bradbury: This collection of short stories is haunting, weird, and a perfect accompaniment to a hot cider on a crisp autumn night. If you're into the weird and also love the way Ray Bradbury draws you into a story, this is your next read.
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: This was Shirley Jackson's final novel before she died and one of her best. It's a chilling story written in the voice of 18 year old Merricat Blackwood (could she have a spookier name?). Six years before the events of the novel, the Blackwood family experienced a tragedy that left the three survivors isolated from the rest of their small village. Eerie, but not terribly gruesome, this novel is a page turner with just the right amount of mystery (and one psychopathic child).

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