It's hard to believe that Halloween is just a week away--October is zipping by at an alarming rate! But it's not too late to get in some creepy/scary/spooky reading to get you in the perfect mood for ghouls and goblins.
Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King. Fans of The Shining, meet Danny Torrance (again), now Dan, an adult and a recovering alcoholic with a good bit of the shine left in him. King is a master at all things scary, but what I was particularly impressed by in this novel was his carefully crafted pacing of the plot, and the deliciously slow build of suspense. Masterfully done. You can read my full review here.
The Asylum, by John Harwood. This is one I'd especially recommend for readers who also like television series like American Horror Story. Imagine waking up in a small, unfamiliar room and finding out that not only can you not remember the past few weeks, but that you're in an asylum and that the person you think you are...is actually in another county staying with family. So who are you really? And how did you get here? More importantly: how do you get out? This is Georgina's perilous quest. Need an added incentive? Mystery legend Ruth Rendell has praised Harwood for having "a gift for creating suspense, apparently effortlessly, as if it belongs in the nature of fiction." High praise indeed.
Help for the Haunted, by John Searles. You can read the review here. Short version? Here, one unusual family (they help "haunted souls" find peace) suffers their own tragedy, leaving daughter pitted against daughter as one searches for the truth even as the other tries to bury it, permanently. Deliciously full of suspense and totally goose-bump inducing!