20 Chilling Reads for Fall

By Ciara N. Mealer

t is undeniable that autumn is a favorite season for many of us, myself included. I love the brisk¬ness of the wind, the snap and crackle of colorful leaves underfoot, and the smells of cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin that mark this time of the year. Fall is one of the best seasons for reading, in my opinion, because all of the perfect elements are in place: cozy blankets, warm beverages, and the innate feeling of mystery and suspense that only comes once a year.

I’ve curated a list of perfectly suspenseful, chilling, and mysterious reads to help you get in the spirit to embrace the season. From ghost stories to psychological thrillers, and everything in between, there’s a book on this list to please every reader. So grab an extra throw, sip some hot apple cider, and settle in for a nice, long read.

Local Lore

  • Georgia Ghosts by Nancy Roberts
  • Ghost Stories of the Old South by Edrick Thay
  • Ghost Stories of Georgia by Chris Wrangler
  • Dark and Bloody Ground by Christopher K. Coleman
  • Haunted Georgia: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Peach State by Alan Brown

Magic and Mayhem

  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
  • The Girl from Rawblood by Catriona Ward
  • Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Necessary Monsters by Richard A. Kirk

Spine-Tingling Mysteries

  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  • Bring Her Home by David Bell
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  • The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  • A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Tales of Horror

  • Hearts of Monsters by Jeremy Megargee
  • Wendigo by Vaughn C. Hardacker
  • Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
  • Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill
  • The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De Maria

Ciara N. Mealer is Senior Editor at NW Georgia Living Magazine, a writer, and floral designer. Her current abode is high upon a mountaintop in Cleveland, Ga. She is an avid naturalist, a voracious reader, an adventurous explorer, and a curious collector who loves quirky, odd, forgotten, and lost things. Contact her at CrookedPage@gmail.com.

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