The GateCrashers Library: October 2021

As spooky season comes to a close, the GateCrashers are here to share all their favorite October reads!

You feel the hair raise on the back of your neck as you peer around the closest shelf of books. A new section of the GateCrashers Library seems to have appeared out of nowhere, shrouded in mystery with nary a light to illuminate it. Do you dare leave the safety of September’s Super Heroes to investigate the hollow cavern of books yawning before you? You gather all the courage you can muster and take the first step into the shadowy corridor. There are monsters, magic, and nightmares waiting for you in the newest section of the GC Library. All you have to do is be brave enough to open a book.

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

“I will never stop saying this is the perfect horror novel, and the most underrated of the classics.”

— Cass

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock 

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

“A young girl, with the help of her grandmother and little brother has to face off against her great aunts who are powerful witches. Good for younger readers.”

— Jimmy

The Last Witch by Conor McCreery

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

The Plot Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel

Sender Unknown by Sallie Lowenstein

“A young girl learns to quell the negative voices in her head in pursuit of magic powers as well as friendship with a stray water dragon. Perfect for fans of Ghibli, especially Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away.”

— Thomas

Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“Every October I find myself reading this book, arguably one of King’s most iconic works. Everything from the setting, to legitimate chills you get from certain scenes, Salem’s Lot will surely find itself haunting your bookshelf.”


Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight (Goosebumps) collection by R.L. Stine

“Bardugo’s Ninth House is an atmospheric haunt through Yale University’s secret societies. It slithers in bone-deep and refuses to let go.”

— Ashley

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tea with Death by Abigail Wilde’s invites you to get cozy with some witches, monsters, the devil, zombies, and more! These spooky rhymes are brought to life by the equally as interesting artwork by Jeanna Pappas. These poems are perfect for getting in the Halloween mood! So pick your poison and crack open this book.”

— Brandie

Tea With Death: A Gothic Poetry Collection by Abigail Wildes

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