Five spooky reads by women

Move over Stephen King! This Halloween why not be spooked by one of these deeply unsettling stories by women, instead? From haunted house tales to psychological crime thrillers with a supernatural leaning, there’s a creepy story here to suit all tastes. Plus, why not pair your spooky read with a delicious Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte, the perfect autumnal treat to take the chill off. Just don’t forget to lock all the doors and windows and check under the bed before you start reading… (Plus scroll down for a chance to win a very special prize!)

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

A ghostly classic to kick us off, The Woman in Black, is the original gothic novella behind the film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Susan Hill’s spine-tingling tale is written as an old-fashioned traditional ghost story: set on an English moor and filled with edge-of-the-seat moments involving deserted children’s nurseries, creaking rocking chairs and disembodied screams in the fog. Definitely one to read with the lights on.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Dubbed ‘the greatest haunted house story ever written’ by the Wall Street Journal, The Haunting of Hill House will have you second-guessing yourself, never sure of whether the novel’s events are real or purely psychological. We follow lonely young Eleanor, friendless and along, who is invited to stay at the notoriously sinister Hill House by the mysterious Dr. Montague, an occult scholar. This subtle, tense tale will have you on the edge of your seat and the ending will devastate.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This story from Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted author Sarah Waters will scare you witless. In post-war England, a doctor becomes involved with an aristocratic family living in a crumbling stately home, in which unnatural things begin happening. Waters masterfully plots the book, blurring the line between ordinary reality and the encroaching supernatural occurrences, making the mundane seem petrifying.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Blending crime thriller with supernatural suspense story, this is an incredibly twisted tale. Gabriella Versado is the lead detective on an incredibly gory case in which the body of a young African American boy is found fused to the body of a deer. Highly disturbing and psychologically affecting, Broken Monsters is just the thing to give you the chills this Halloween.

Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier

Generations after its publication, the scariest aspects of Daphne Du Maurier, gothic classic are still just as terrifying – from the spookily unnamed narrator, to the unexplained mysteries behind the titular character’s ghastly death. And don’t talk to us about the terrifying, eerily devoted house servant Mrs Danvers – if she doesn’t put the shivers up your spine, nothing will.

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