I’m not much of a seasonal reader, but during the fall, I do tend towards creepy or spooky reads. Probably because of Halloween, but maybe it’s the weather change to cooler temps? Either way, here are some of my suggestions for this time of year:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I’m currently listening to the audio of this right now and I’m loving it. The narrator sounds like she’s an older woman which just adds to the atmosphere of the story.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Years ago, I stumbled across this movie (this was a few years before the remake with Daniel Radcliffe came out) and was immediately sucked into it. That said, once I finished the movie, I had to read the book, and I wasn’t disappointed. Creepy, eerie, and an all around excellent ghost story. If you like something that’s going to make you look over your shoulder while you’re reading it, this is the book.
Side note: The remake they did in 2012 is a good adaptation, but if you’ve read the original novel, then the original movie is your best bet.
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx. Okay, so I guess maybe this is an odd choice? But I look at it this way: the novella is so sad and so full of desperation, that for me, it fits with this time of year. Everything’s dying, making way for winter, so that the world can be reborn. And that’s pretty much how the story left me feeling.
Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji. This is a manga that I’ve been enjoying. Since it deals with demons trying to win over a woman destined to be one of their brides, it tends towards the dark side at times. In my opinion, that makes it perfect for an autumn read.
The Shadowmarch series by Tad Williams. Again, this is a dark-sided fantasy novel with an amazing heroine and lots of shadow creatures. I love fantasy all year long, but this series especially fits for an autumn read.