7 scary books for Halloween

18 October 2017

By Pan Macmillan

As we reach the spookiest time of the year, you can't beat a chilling tale to read on those cold dark nights. From creatures that prey on humans to a psychopath who collects the bones of his victims, these books will leave you terrified this Halloween.


The Ritual

The Ritual

Now a major film starring Rafe Spal.

Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut through the forest and stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence... and now they’re the prey.

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The Haunting of Hill House

Four seekers of paranormal activity have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a young woman with a dark past. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

A ghost story that will keep you up all night.

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The Rats

The Rats

For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now, the balance of power has shifted and these swarming black creatures with their razor sharp teeth have a taste for human blood...

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The Upstairs Room

The Upstairs Room

Eleanor, Richard and their two children move into their dream home, but very quickly the cracks begin to show. There is an eerie atmosphere that seems to be coming from a room on the top floor. Eleanor is determined to unravel the mystery of the house’s previous owners – including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.

A chilling ghost story that you won't be able to put down.

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Rattle

Rattle

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter...

He leads two lives. In one he's just like anyone else, but in the other, he is the caretaker of his family's macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection, and he's found his new victims.

Will the police find them before it's too late?

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The Woman in Black

Arthur Kipps, a solicitor from London is sent to Eel Marsh House to find the will and settle the affairs of the recently deceased Mrs Drablow. The house sits on a sinking swamp and surrounded by a blinding fog. What is supposed to be a routine business trip takes a horrifying turn when Arthur finds hims haunted by a ghostly woman dressed in all black.

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Rebecca

When the orphaned heroine of Rebecca meets handsome widower Maxim de Winter on a trip to the South of France, her life is changed overnight. Accepting his sudden proposal, de Winter whisks her off to his isolated estate Manderley - but there things take a chilling turn. Max is haunted by the memory of his dead wife, Rebecca, whose legacy is lovingly tended by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers...

A haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and an evil threatening to destroy her marriage.

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