My #Blogtober a.k.a. 🎃 31 Days of Halloween 🎃
Hello, my spooktacular lovelies. As an audiobook blogger who’s passionate about paranormal romance, cosy paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, most of my reviews fit perfectly with this time of year. However, I’ve joined in with #Blogtober this year which is a daily blogging challenge. This means that I’m trying to mix it up with some suitably Halloween-y book tags, memes and discussion posts too this month.
I haven’t ever tried to post every day before but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting.
Today I decided to write a “Top 5” list type post. Therefore, keeping with the #Blogtober and Halloween theme, I’ve chosen to share some great books with creepy atmospheres.
I used to read horror when I was younger – Stephen King, James Herbert and John Saul – however, as I’ve aged, I stick to the cosy side of being scared. Having said that, you might be surprised to learn that I’ve included stories about zombies, demons and other scary creatures that go bump in the night as well as a dystopian sci-fi that sent chills down my spine.
If you click on the book cover, you’ll find my review, all the information about the author and the purchase links. All my links open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place here.
OK, so without further ado, on to my Halloween Top 5: Great Books With Creepy Atmospheres.
Dark Justice by Shelley Russell Nolan
Driven to kill. Compelled to protect.
Five hundred years ago, the cure for the common cold went horribly wrong, turning those infected into freaks consumed with hate and rage. Forced underground, the freaks return above ground at night, driven to attack the surface dwellers – their bite infecting thousands more.
To fight the freaks and protect mankind from extinction, scientists created genetically enhanced soldiers. Stronger, faster, with enhanced senses, wardens are trained from birth to protect the weaker humans.
The Captain of the Ward, Jackson Kyle, is infected while saving the life of another warden. Due to his genetic enhancements, he is like no other freak. His faculties intact, he escapes and encounters a mysterious young woman. The second he touches her, he is caught in a bond, compelled to protect her at all costs. For she will decide the fate of humankind.
Dystopian sci-fi is far from my preferred genre but I really enjoyed Dark Justice and couldn’t stop reading. This future world is a dangerous and scary place. Full of prejudice, violence and a horrible virus that turns humans into lethal killing machines. Dark Justice has action, a bit of social commentary and a gripping storyline sprinkled with romance and humour.
A Grave Death by Victoria DeLuis
Ghosts. Zombies. Magical Artefacts and Rogue Necromancers wreaking havoc…
… Just an average work day.
As an agent for the Independent Necromancers’ Bureau, it’s Cassie’s job to deal with zombies, catch and remove unwanted ghosts, and track down rogue necromancers. Operating out of Cardiff, one of the most magical cities in the Northern Hemisphere, she sure has her work cut out for her.
When Cassie’s lifelong friend and mentor is murdered, and his spirit severed from his body to prevent anyone talking to him, she vows to catch his killer.
With the body count rising, there’s no doubt dark deeds are at play, and with the dark deeds comes dark magic. Who or what is behind that magic?
Cassie’s the most powerful agent in the U.K. But will that be enough? And who can she trust to help?
Death is on her mind… Is it in her future?
I really loved this book. But be warned some of the scenes in this cosy urban fantasy are very chilling! A Grave Death has a terrifying mystery to solve, zombies, death and murder. Not knowing friend from foe while fighting an unknown necromancer generated some thrilling scenes and dangerous encounters.
Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth by Holly Bell
Asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch Amanda Cadabra is a survivor. After all, her family’s bus went over a Cornish cliff. Now the presentable but irritating Inspector Trelawney is dogging her footsteps as he investigates the unexplained deaths. But that’s the least of her problems. Amanda has just got a furniture restoration job at the old English Manor of Sunken Madley with its murky past.
Armed only with a wand and Tempest, her grumpy reincarnated cat, she’s going in. A body, ghosts, hidden tunnels, chills and unexplained lights; can Amanda solve the mystery in time and save the village from the scandal of murder?
This book is set in England, so the language reflects how we spell and speak here (however strange!). This may be a little different from what you’re used to, especially in the US, but never fear, there’s a glossary at the back of the book if you need help.
I loved this book. It held me hostage until I’d finished the last page. There are a few mysteries to solve that get the little grey cells whirling. Various scenes got my adrenaline pumping and the tension made me hold my breath. Some of the ghostly encounters are on the frightening side of cosy.
Shadows in the Mist by Jeri Westerson
Small town tea shop proprietor Kylie Strange already has a lot on her plate. The last thing she needs is more trouble to spring up from the mystical Booke of the Hidden.
Keeping one step ahead of a scheming demon, supernatural assassins, and Baphomet—an angry god hellbent on stealing the Booke—it’s all more than enough for one person to handle. And that’s without mentioning her competing affections for the demon Erasmus Dark and the handsome, human Sheriff Ed.
But soon enough, Kylie and her coven hear whispers of new disturbances in Moody Bog. Strange creatures have been stalking the townsfolk and rumors of violent encounters confirm their deadly intent. Worst of all, the Booke of the Hidden is not to blame, and no one is sure what is.
Kylie and her coven of Wiccans need to prioritize. Which is worse? The mysterious and lethal creatures or Baphomet, who—if he gets his way—will unleash Hell upon Moody Bog…and beyond.
Shadows in the Mist gave me so many goosebumps. As the name suggests there are frightening things hiding in the mist killing the townsfolk of Moody Bog. I read The Fog by James Herbert in my teens and Shadows in the Mist left me with the same feelings. It’s creepy, eerie, definitely atmospheric and made me jump – I can still feel the chills now.
Southern Bred and Dead by Angie Fox
A haunted church. A ghastly death. Can Verity clear up the case before she’s buried way over her head?
Verity Long would really like a day off. Between uncovering the culprit who capped her gangster ghost housemate and dodging the bomb her boyfriend just dropped on their relationship, her spiritual calling has gotten complicated. But when she steps out for a little fun at a church fundraiser, she has another mystery on her hands when a family friend plunges from the bell tower.
With her pet skunk and a spectral mobster buddy in tow, Verity charges back into the world of furious phantoms. But as she follows a shocking trail of clues through a dangerous speakeasy, a possessed movie theatre, and a spooky mob safehouse, she could end up sleeping with the ghostly fishes.
Can Verity lay everything to rest before a mysterious murderer reads her last rites?
Rating: Clean and Wholesome
Paranormal Cozy Mystery Romance (with a cute pet skunk!)
Yes, I know I already mentioned this series in my post: What Gets Me In The Mood For Halloween 😘 but this so-called cosy series has had my poor wee heart pounding in my ears numerous times with the spookiness. The atmosphere in this story gave me the worst case of the jitters: graveyards, spooky old house, murder, dead of night. *shivver*
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my top 5 list: Great Books With Creepy Atmospheres.
So, you won’t see any reviews for traditional horror stories on Flora’s Musings, however, there are lots of stories in my archives that have creepy atmospheres and scary settings that had my heart rate rising. Which stories have you read or listened to that gave you goosebumps? What would your top 5 list of Great Books With Creepy Atmospheres look like? Drop me a comment and let me know so that we can chat.
Enjoy the rest of your week and have a safe and Happy Halloween.
Bye for now,