Fall Prey to the Change of Seasons: 5 Novels to Keep You Awake All Night

Fall

As October settles upon us, the leaves curl, crack and fall in heaps along the old byways of forgotten towns. Lazy patterns of autumnal colors–veins of orange, stains of red–bleed into the paling blue sky of evening. A dirty lace curtain flutters against a peeling window frame. A door slams, a voice cries out!

You want to know what happens, don’t you? Who lives in the old house on the hill? Who’s buried in the cemetery in back? What caused the people to disappear? Or have they really gone?

Follow the disappearing path up the hill, pass through the rusty gate…

Or, take a look at our suggestions for dark novels of horror and suspense. Curl up in your favorite chair, pull out that old, beloved afghan and delve into the chill of the oncoming night.

1. The Witching Hour, by Anne Rice

the witching hour by anne riceThe first installation of Rice’s beguiling Lives of the Mayfair Witches, this tome traces the sprawling, ancient history of the demon tormenting an old Southern family. Brimming with old secrets and tales of passion and murder, this fascinating fictional history will keep you up long after the witching hour has passed.

2. Lost Souls, by Poppy Z. Brite

Lost Souls by Poppy Z. BriteThis classic, cult novel of teenage angst and yearning follows three friends through the dark night. Insatiable vampires and gothic rock stars populate this story of dislocation, and the search for safety in a dangerous world.

3. Dark Dance, by Tanith Lee

Dark DanceA beautiful foray into classic horror from one of the world’s premier dark fantasists, this novel tells the story of the beautiful English girl who is called home to discover her family’s secret history of bloodlust and betrayal.

4. House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of LeavesAllow this twisted sheaf of papers to drag you down into its shocking core of fear and insanity. Told in unconventional notes and diagrams, footnotes and video descriptions, this deeply disturbing novel will trap you in its exploration of a house haunted by the labyrinthine corridors of fear itself.

5. Weaveworld, by Clive Barker

Weaveworld by Clive BarkerLose yourself in the threads of the phantasmagoric rug into which a world of violence is woven. This tale of high magic and fantastic imagery, explosive visions and terrifying enchantment breathes new life into the idea of a good yarn.

Michael Barnett is a writer and editor with associative ties to Alibris as strong as heartstrings.

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