All through October, we’ll be sharing spooky reading recommendations from authors and staff. Whether it’s a horrifying contemporary work or a tell-tale classic, these selections are sure to haunt you for years to come.


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. A great book, reminding us how natural the supernatural is!”

—Azar Nafisi, professor and author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Nafisi will be in-store October 24, at 7 p.m., to present The Republic of Imagination.


The Shining by Stephen King never lets you go home again to a place where terror may not lurk. There are a half dozen King novels that qualify as classics, but this is the beating heart of his vision of horror.”

—James Grady, journalist, screenwriter and author of the upcoming Last Days of the Condor.


"My picks are both (surprise, surprise) Poe related. Poe’s Tales and Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow.”

—Joseph Fruscione, Georgetown professor and author of Faulkner and Hemingway.


"I’ll never forget the curse in the beginning of Stephen King’s "Thinner." It has stayed with me since I first read the book over 20 years ago."

—Chloe Yelena Miller, poet and author of the collection, Unrest. She can be found on twitter at @ChloeYMiller.


Treasure Island. Scared but resourceful, Jim Hawkins of the Admiral Benbow Inn outwits a peg-legged scoundrel and his murderous buccaneers. Not an easy breath after the Black Spot is handed to Jim.”

—Jim Dwyer, journalist and author of More Awesome Than Money.