The Best Books to Read This Halloween : Indie Edition

It's time to get spooky, y'all. Whether you're in the mood for witches, ghosts or ghouls, here are a few indie books that will have you hiding under your covers all night long. 

P.S. I hate scary stuff, so I wouldn't be caught dead with a few of these titles in my library, but I can cheer them on from my safe, happy place.

Looking for the next book to read this fall? From thrillers to ghost stories to mysteries and more, these books will get you ready for all the tricks and treats this Halloween!

Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming

"A story of survival, humor, and true love. And zombies." This book is for those of you who are like me. If you want a supernatural read, but want to skip the jump-out-of-your-skin scares, pick this one up. 

Kai by Derek Vasconi

Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Best Horror Book of 2016 and winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Award for Best Horror Book of 2016! This is a Japanese horror story that raises the question: What if all the suffering in your life was carefully choreographed by somebody you’ve never met? *goosebumps* 

Coldwater by Diana Gould

Looking for suspense this season? Dive into this "dark, disturbing journey through moneyed Hollywood and its sinister undersides." When her step-daughter's best friend goes missing, Brett Tanager finds herself in a real life mystery. Prepare for high stakes!

Once Gone by Blake Pierce

If you're interested in picking up a new mystery series, try this one out! Midwest Book Review calls this “a dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.” Proceed with caution for this dark, serial killer novel.

The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

If you follow E.J. on Instagram, you know how beautiful her books are. "Does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?" This is a truly unique read, mastering the newly navigated space of New Adult Fantasy. 

Pivot by L.C. Barlow

Another award winner on the table! Winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards for Horror and
winner of the top prize in Horror for the eLit Book Awards, this book tackles the Devil himself. Read this one by daylight only! 

Glass Shatters by Michelle Meyers

This cover is the best, isn't it? Glass Shatters explores the power of fate versus free will and blurs the line of fiction and reality. Plus, it falls into the "genetic engineering" category on Amazon, so get ready for fun! 

Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice

Dragons. Need I say more? Okay, I will. The San Francisco Book Review calls this one, "a plot-driven novel that's easy to read in a weekend...A good start to a promising series." Trust me. You're going to want to get this one. 

The Anesthesia Game by Rea Nolan Martin

"A game that teaches you how to be awake even if you're not." There's a shroud of mystery around this metaphysical book, but that only makes me more intrigued. This game allows our main character to discover the origin of her "disease" and possibly a way out. 

Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown

Sorcery? Immortal Kings? Sign me up! Kirkus named this "an unmissable fantasy tale that marries gorgeous prose to a lavishly detailed plot." That's right. This book is Kirkus-approved. 

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

My favorite line in this synopsis? "Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part." If you need a fun, laugh-out-loud, celebration of cupcakes, then try this book on for size. 

Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus

If you can't tell from this cover, buckle up for a scary ride! This book is the sequel to Night Chill and Publishers Weekly dotes, "readers looking for a good scare will delight in this novel, even if they suddenly feel compelled to sleep with the lights on." *Cringes*