If the heat of late spring already has you longing for the cool breezes of winter, now is the perfect time to find the right book that will send chills down your spine. I've picked out 10 horror retellings of your favorite classic stories here, so you'll have plenty of spooky reading material to stack on your nightstand when you're ready for it.
Obviously, if you don't like novels based on fairy tales or spooky true stories, this isn't the list of reading recommendations for you. Each of the 10 books on the list below draws from one or more classic sources, such as folktales or century-old novels, to weave a new and scary narrative. In most cases, the stories these novels derive from were already spooky in their own ways, but some of my picks — such as Daniel Mallory Ortberg's The Merry Spinster — ratchet up the horror that lurks between the covers of your favorite tales.
Because no list like this can be exhaustive, there's a good chance I missed your favorite horror retelling of a classic novel. Check out my recommendations below, and then drop me a line on Twitter to let me know if I left out your top pick.