When we're talking about spooky books (especially during October, the spookiest of months), several titles and authors seem to come up time and time again. Stephen King. Shirley Jackson. The Goosebumps series. That one kids' book with the story about the girl with the ribbon around her neck. Sometimes we'll get a throwback, like Mary Shelley or Bram Stoker. But the literary world is wide, and full of terror. There are a lot of freaky, horrific, and downright distressing books out there that you may not have heard of. Here are thirteen underrated creepy books to check out this Halloween and all year round, because ghosts never take the day off.
Some of these books are horror classics that might have faded out of the public eye. Others are off-beat graphic novels, creepy poetry collections, or frightening cult classics that deserve a wider audience. All of them will make it harder to sleep at night. They lurk at the back of the bookstore shelves, just waiting for an unsuspecting reader. So if you feel like you've read just about every creepy story out there, from the murder clowns to the serial killers, check out one of these underrated tales of terror for something entirely new: