10 Haunting Reads from Chicago Bookstores


October is the perfect month to curl up with haunting, spooky, and skin-crawling tales! Do you have any on your nightstand? No? Let us help you! We checked in with five local Chicago bookstores for their most chilling selections. Pick them up, if you dare…


The Book Cellar

Love listening to things that go bump in the night? Grab Welcome to Night Vale at The Book Cellar! This book is from the creators of the podcast of the same name. It’s sure to deliver the same paranormal punch.


Unabridged Books

Looking for fresh blood? Check out Unabridged Books suggestions for spooky new releases. They include David Jaher’s The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World, the New York Review of Books’ collection Shadows of Carcosa: Tales of Cosmic Horror by Lovecraft, Chambers, Machen, Poe, and Other Masters of the Weird, and Fran Krause’s Deep Dark Fears. They also suggest you check out their Instagram for updates on their favorite #freakyreads!



Women and Children First

Want to find frighteningly good literature right in your own backyard? Women and Children First often features local authors and for the month of October, Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) is a great pick. Try Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories or Raven Girl.


Open Books

Want to revisit familiar haunts? Open Books suggest you check out the new Gris Grimley illustrated edition Ray Bradbury’s classic The Halloween TreeWhy stop with just one Ray Bradbury? You can also pick up The Homecoming, illustrated by Dave McKean. Found out your classics with Chicago-based Ben Templesmith’s illustrated edition of Bram Stroker’s Dracula.

the homecoming

Powell’s Books Chicago

Not one for Halloween? Powell’s Books Chicago invites you to check out their bestseller for the month, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon.


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