The Alvin Schwartz Books:
Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark
This is the first book in the Alvin Schwartz series, which is the delightful pairing of spooky folktales and spine-chilling illustrations that many of us grew up with. The stories were intended for a younger audience, but they are definitely scary and fun to read at any age. One of my favorite stories is Me-Ty-Doughty Walker. It's about a young boy who accepts a bet to stay all night in a haunted house. The events that follow will likely have you wondering if these books were truly meant for kids.
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
This is the next book in the series and is just as creepy as the first book. One story you may remember, Wonderful Sausage, is about a butcher who turns his customers into sausage meat but eventually falls into his own trap...
Scary Stories 3 : More Tales to Chill Your Bones
This is sadly the last book in the collection. Each of these books are equally creepy and special in their own way. My favorite story in the third book is Harold. It's a twisted tale about two farmhands that make a dummy resembling a farmer that they hate for the purpose of abusing it. The more they abuse the doll it comes to life and eventually teaches them a lesson that we'll never forget.
In a Dark Dark Room
Alvin Schwartz's simplistic writing style combined with creepy illustrations is a great "first" book for kids in their introduction to scary tales.
Stephen King's Bag of Bones
When the main character's wife suddenly dies, he finds himself trapped among restless spirits in their lake house. He desperately has to piece everything together in order to abolish his nightmares and finally bring the spirits to rest.
Stephen King's Cell
The story involves a sinister terrorist plot that turns people into zombies with their own cell phones. The main protagonist, Clay, and a few companions find themselves trapped among people who are neither dead or alive, the phoners, and their only intention is evil. Clay is on a mission to find his son before he becomes one of them.
Stephen King's It
With the clown hysteria of last year and the remake coming soon, this Stephen King classic would be great to revisit or read for the first time. The story of a group of friends that simultaneously recall nightmarish childhood memories of the evil clown, Pennywise, is definitely not for those with coulrophobia.
Recent Horror Fiction
By Matt Ruff
A 2016 fantasy-horror novel that explores the correlation between Lovecraft's work and horror fiction.
Suicide Motors Club
By Christopher Buehlman
Vampire lovers will definitely want to check this one out. The plot centers around a group of fanged-beasts that travel around in muscle cars finding new victims to feed upon.
Classic Authors & Books
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
This book is a compilation of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest works including The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
The Classic Horror Stories of H.P. Lovecraft
An inclusion of 9 tales featuring The Call of the Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror and At the Mountains of Madness.
Ray Bradbury's October Country
A collection of nineteen short scary stories by Ray Bradbury. A perfect book to read during the Halloween season.
Best New Horror
Published in 1991, Joe Hill's collection of horror fiction from some of the best writers at the time.
Fragments of Horror
I only recently discovered Junji Ito, and what I've seen has left me desperately wanting more. For those interested in Japanese horror, you'll definitely want to check this out. Ito is considered a master in horror fiction for his Lovecraftian tales of terror. His otherworldly illustrations help to enhance the impending doom of his stories' characters. Fragments of Horror, released in 1987, is a collection of dark horror-fantasy tales that first put Ito on the map.
By Terrance Zepke
A how-to guide for parties, decorating and cooking this Halloween!
Extreme Halloween Make-up
By Brian & Nick Wolfe
25 tutorials for a horrifying and professional make-up look this halloween.
Halloween Propmaker's Handbook
By Ken Pitek
A budget-friendly guide to creating sophisticated Halloween props.