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Best Creepy Reads for People Who Don’t Love Horror Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over on The Broke and the Bookish.

I don’t generally go for creepy/horror books, because I just don’t find them that exciting. I think there’s something about creepy music and unique filming that makes horror films scary, but without those elements in books, the stories tend to fall a little flat. Or maybe my imagination just isn’t good at creepy things. Either one.

So I’ve compiled a list of books that probably won’t scare you too much, but that might make your skin crawl a little bit. Books that will give you a mild sense of the creeps, but still leave you able to sleep at night.


This book is creepy and weird and will leave you just the slightest bit unsettled. It’s an easy read, but the fact that none of the characters can open their eyes outside gives it an eerie feeling and leaves you wondering what on earth is going on.


Boy draws monsters and they come to life. It’s not really a scary book, there are a few creepy moments when the monsters are coming around, but nothing too crazy. It’s the ending that makes this book so much more creepy.


This is one of my all time favourite mysteries. It’s just creepy enough to work for a good Halloween read, and will leave you wondering up to the very end.


It’s a ghost story, a family history, and a fascinating cast of characters, all wrapped into one. I doubt this book would even scare you a little, but you might get hooked on this ghost story.


This book is insane, addictive, and some parts get really strange. If you’re more into strange mysteries than creepy ones, you should definitely give this book a go. Actually, just read this book anyway.


If you want a Halloween-feeling book with lots of creepy characters that aren’t actually that creepy, you’ll like this novella. The demons in this story are just a part of society, and gives you the Halloween feeling without actually being scary.


I find this book creepy. Maybe other people don’t, but the idea of trying to live in this world and not being able to trust any humans you come across sounds terrifying.


If you like your creepy stories with a whole lot of heartbreak and tears, give this one a try.


This book isn’t scary by any means, but circus stories always feel like fall to me. Add in some magic, and it’s a great Halloween-feeling story. And there are no creepy clowns, like the ones in the news lately.

What are some of your favourite creepy or not so creepy books? Let me know in the comments below!


8 thoughts on “Best Creepy Reads for People Who Don’t Love Horror Books

  1. I only read 70 pages of The Night Circus and I plan on reading it before the year is over. However, I have to agree..although it didn’t give me creepy/spooky vibes with the pages I did read, it’s definitely a Fall read with eerieness. If that makes sense =)

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