Screamingly good fun . . . perfect October reads

Per Nicki Thornton

Per Nicki Thornton

If you enjoy a shiver up the spine and the hairs rising on the back of your neck you might be looking for a spooky story. When I ran my bookshop I was always being asked by children for books that were scary and I love them too. Here some of my favourites

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Joseph Coelho i Freya Hartas

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

A deliciously dark twist on the story of Cinderella Coelho and Hartas鈥檚 illustrated verse story is of Zombierella, who seeks revenge on her cruel sisters. A true gothic extravaganza, witty, fun and creepy.

The Monsters of Rookhaven

Padraig Kenny i Edward Bettison

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

Mirabelle鈥檚 family is stranger than most, including one member who is locked up for his own good. But an agreement that lets this strange family live in peace has been torn and things are about to go wrong. Mirabelle is about to discover how sinister life is outside if you鈥檙e a monster, but that friendship can be found in the most unlikely places. Another beautifully written and bewitching novel from the author of Tin that explores that monsters are not always who or what we think. Deliciously dark, but a brilliant book for anyone wanting a read that鈥檚 more than a little scary.

The Ghost of Gosswater

Lucy Strange

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧

A ghostly and gothic, but also thrilling tale is untangled when Aggie鈥檚 life changes after her cruel cousin inherits a spooky manor house. Aggie needs to discover her true identity and uncover dark secrets from the past. Her quest for the truth gets unexpected help from a mysterious girl who creeps through a crack in time. Both eerie and exciting this is a fabulous spooky and atmospheric read.

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Philip Reeve

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

Everything appears peaceful on Wildsea, but trolls live in one part of the island, which also has a resident witch and a watcher must nightly keep a look-out for the Gorm, a terrifying monster who will one day rise up from the sea and flatten the island. When the Watcher dies in mysterious circumstances and his younger brother is fetched from London, young Utterly Dark tries to convince him that the Gorm is more than a legend. But a young man educated to believe in science and reason is convinced Watching is a waste of his time. He and the determined Utterly get locked in a battle for whether the old ways of the islands will win, or whether gods and monsters have no place in a modern world that no longer believes in the strange forces of the deep. A beautifully written dark tale for the dark nights by the never less than fabulous Philip Reeve.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase: Book 1

Jonathan Stroud

7,99 鈧 7,43 鈧

The country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts and a number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. But all the experts are children as they are the ones who can see the ghosts clearly. The smallest most ramshackle agency is run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co have one chance not to go out of business. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

The Howling Hag Mystery

Nicki Thornton

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧

Strange things are happening in the sleepy village of Twinhills and Raven Charming鈥檚 peaceful world is threatened by a malicious witch playing tricks at her school. Raven knows all about magic and that makes her wonder, how can there be another witch in Twinhills? Raven investigates and gets unexpected help from a talking cat who is no stranger to tracking down witches breaking the rules. Together they must uncover who really is the Howling Hag, before the Charming family of witches are suspected and exposed.

The Bad Luck Lighthouse

Nicki Thornton

6,99 鈧 6,50 鈧

When Seth Seppi follows a magical detective to the Snakesmouth Lighthouse he鈥檚 surprised to discover that the inspector this time is on the hunt for ghosts and not sorcerers. Seth is determined to prove himself and try out his new-found magic. He does not want to be distracted by the ghostly goings-on. But when the eccentric owner is murdered, Seth starts to ask himself if there is a really a supernatural force at work here. Or is there another reason for the spate of unlucky accidents? Soon he and his trusty sidekick Nightshade the cat are on the case. But are they on the trail of ghosts or a murderer?