Halloween is upon is! When it comes to scary reads, you might think of such spooky authors as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or Joe Hill. Did you know there are many women authors that can scare you just as much, if not more, than the guys?
The following female-authored novels are sure to put some thrills and chills in your fall reading:
Night Film by Marisha Pessl - When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death. Those who want to immerse themselves in this novel can download the app and scan pages for an even spookier experience.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability, is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes - A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace– until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler - Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago. One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he stop it in time to save Enola?
The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits - Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.
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