As Halloween draws near, things that go bump in the night rattle their chains and grin through sheer curtains as you dust the cobwebs from the candy bowl and spread them on your lawn with a headstone or two. Tis the season for terrible tales and horrible happenings afoot on your pages. From vampires to ghostly legends, here are some of our favorite indie books for halloween.
1. Witch Island by David Bernstein
Witch Island used to be feared. Even the bravest would not dare go there. Legend said a witch had been burned alive at the stake, and upon her death she cursed the town. Terrified residents performed rituals to keep her spirit trapped on the island where she was buried. Now, over a hundred years later, a group of high school seniors have decided to forgo the local graduation parties and have a small gathering of their own—on Witch Island. They don’t fear the legends. They scoff at them. But the group will soon learn these particular legends are nothing to scoff at. And Witch Island will prove far worse than they could have ever imagined.
2. Asbury Dark: Haunting Tales from the Jersey Shore by Lori Bonfitto
A telekinetic teenager. A doomed ocean liner. A haunted bed & breakfast. A zombie-fighting real estate developer. These are but a few of the eerie people, places and things that go bump in the pages of Asbury Dark: Haunting Tales from the Jersey Shore. Spanning six decades, Asbury Dark will thrill and delight anyone who’s ever ridden the rides on the fabled boardwalk, searched for Bruce at The Stone Pony, or shambled along in the Zombie March. Mystery and suspense author Lori Bonfitto delivers seven unforgettable tales of fright and fantasy, transforming Asbury Park from a nostalgic playland into a world fraught with obsession, reincarnation, and the paranormal.
3. Days Gone Bad (Vesik Book 1) by Eric Asher
My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.
4. One Blood by Qwantu Amaru
One Blood is a supernatural thriller that will leave you wanting more from this author. Rich themes of voodoo, family curses, political ambitions and a quest for power are dominant in this roller coaster ride set in Louisiana. Governor Randy Lafitte is popular and beloved after battling back from brain cancer, but his political success has come with a price. When his daughter is kidnapped Lafitte is confronted with a past he thought died a long time ago. However, what hasn’t caught you, hasn’t passed you. And what comes for Lafitte may way more than he or the forces behind him can handle as he fights the demons (literally demons) from his past.
5. – 7. The Sanheim Chronicles by Rob Blackwell
A Celtic legend and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” collide in The Sanheim Chronicles, a trilogy that deftly combines urban fantasy, mystery, and suspense. This trilogy is a Halloween must have for anyone who looks forward to the thrills and chills of Autumn.
Book One, A Soul to Steal: “When I first downloaded ‘A Soul to Steal’ I had no idea I would get sucked into a series that would fire my imagination and twist mythologies so thoroughly.”
Book Two: Band of Demons, has earned rave reviews for its “plot twists that will leave you gasping for air.”
Book Three: Give the Devil His Due has been called “a stellar conclusion to one of the best trilogies I’ve ever read… I’m still reeling from the ending.”
Prepare to be chilled to the skeletal bone, remember to light a small lamp by the bed, never feel silly looking over your shoulder and enjoy an AMC marathon of your favorite dead. With Jack-O-Lanterns lit and tasty treats galore, these books for halloween will help you make the most of the spooky season!
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