October may be the official month for ghost, goblins, and ghouls, but nothing says summer quite like a scary story. If you're looking to do some seasonal reading this weekend, try picking one of these short horror books that will terrify you well past Monday morning.
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved horror. I don't know if it was early exposure to the spectacularly cheesy Leprechaun franchise, my affinity for Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark?, or the fact I found — and obsessed over — the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books at the library when I was just a kid, but I have spent my whole life in love with tales about all those things that go bump in the night. The only problem: none of my friends, none of my family members, and not even my partner of seven years share my passion.
That is why, instead of sitting through scary movies in the theater by myself, I tend to get my horror fix through books. From the safety of my own home, surrounded by the comfort of familiarity and my boyfriend's voice in the other room, I can dive into the dark, dangerous, and deadly world of monsters, ghosts, zombies, and murderers for however long as I want, or for however short as I can handle.
If you're looking to scare yourself silly this weekend, try one of these short horror books that are so terrifying, they might make you want to give the Monday "Scaries" a new name.