I'm not a big horror fan. I'm watching everyone post about their scary/creepy/terrifying/chilling/etc. reads and feeling a little left out. Is there anyone else out there who just doesn't get into the whole scary book thing? What are your favorite alternative Halloween books?

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I don't like scary books at all.

The one book I read this year which is about hell's minions coming over from a portal was not scary and quite honestly, one of the funniest books I've read this year (The Gates by John Connolly http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=31).

The other Halloween books I can recommend are two books with a "goth" feel to them, Shadow of the Wind and the Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - fantastic books - both of them.

Oh, great call with "The Gates"! I listened to it on audio about 6 months ago, and it was fantastic! I have Shadow of the Wind, I think, so maybe I'll pull that one out for Halloween.

Thanks for the suggestions!
I am not a big fan of horror books either but I do love a good murder mystery or thriller. I am currently into the Vampire Huntress Series by LA Banks not alot of gore by still pretty good I believe we are on book 14.

By the way I never read these books at night
I might be able to do something like that. Definitely not at night, though!
Romantic suspense isn't a genre I've really read, honestly. I just checked out the summary of "Hallowed Eve" on your blog. I have a hard time with books that focus on murders and/or kidnappings (both scare me!), so it sounds like I wouldn't do too well with "Hallowed Eve." Thanks for introducing me to a new (to me) genre, though!

Happy Halloween to you as well!
Read the Thirteenth Tale. It is a great story which isn't scary but is a tale of secrets and is just a fantastic read. http://www.readerireadit.com/2010/03/the-thirteenth-tale-by-diane-s... You can always take a look at any of my winter read choices to find the perfect book for sitting next to the fire with. http://www.readerireadit.com/category/winter/
Great suggestion! I actually have a copy of that one, too. Thanks!
I'm usually not one for scary books, but I came to own a copy of Let the Right One In by accident. I had ordered it online as a birthday gift, but it didn't come in time, so I bought a copy at a store and kept the copy that came in the mail.

It was so good! Creepy and gory, yes, but such a well-written book that I didn't mind.

The movie, however...I'm a little afraid to watch it, but I will so I can write my next Book vs. Film post.
Ooh, that one has always looked too scary to me. Interesting that it was so good you could get past the creepiness! I wonder where that threshold would be for me.
The great thing about books is that you can close them and walk away when it gets to be too much. That's how I got through it - took longer to read, but kept things less scary.
That's a good point. I do a lot of my reading before bed, but maybe I can ease myself into scary during the day.
It probably isn't the best choice before bed, but I don't scare as easily from books. Scary movies and TV shows scare me a lot more.

When I do watch the film version of Let the Right One In, you can be absolutely sure it'll be during the bright and sunny part of the day.


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