The Hodderscape Team pick their favourite books for Halloween

By Maddy Marshall

Posted on October 11, 2018 in Fun Stuff, Hodderscoop, Uncategorized with tags Halloween

At Hodderscape we’re all massive fans of Halloween. It’s the perfect excuse to don your best fancy dress, devour lots of sweets and of course, escape into a spooky or supernatureal read. We asked the team to share their favourite books to read at Halloween. Take a look and tell us if we picked your favourites!


Slade House by David Mitchell

‘The Halloween buzz rings loudly inside the pages of this book. This thrilling tale is narrated by the guests summoned to Slade House, who one by one disappear once entering the premises never to be seen again. Beginning in 1979, we visit the house in a different year in every chapter culminating in a grand finale around Hallowe’en 2015. So exhilarating I had to remind myself to breathe between pages. Prepare yourself for the ride!’

– Sofia, Design


Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

‘A really creepy read, perfect for Halloween. Broken Things centres on dark fan-fiction gone very wrong. This book totally blurs the line between fantasy and reality. It kept me guessing the whole way, and I didn’t know which characters to trust.’

– Rachel, Marketing


The White Road by Sarah Lotz

The White Road is one of the most visceral reading experiences I’ve ever had. It crept under my skin and haunted me for days after I finished it. Painfully good.’

– Thorne, Editoiral


Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

‘They killed the Black Rock Witch back in the 17th Century but only after they sewed up her eyes and mouth to keep the curse inside her. These days her undead self walks the streets of the town, appears in people’s living rooms, watches the citizens while they sleep. She seems almost benign, harmless. Until some teenage boys decide to prank her by unstitching her eyes and mouth, and the dark nightmare begins….’

– Oliver, Editorial


Poison City by Paul Crilley

‘Okay, so this one isn’t super creepy, but it’s really dark in places and features vamps, gristly murders, revenant bosses and EXTREMELY grumpy alcoholic talking dogs… what more could you possibly want? Poison City follows Gideon Tau as he solves supernatural crimes in South Africa, whilst trying to track down his daughter’s killer and is perfect for Halloween if you like a little humour along with your detective noir and occult investigation.’

– Sam, Editorial


The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

‘As a self-proclaimed scaredy-cat, I don’t tend to read anything too spooky or scary for Halloween, so instead I’m recommending the gorgeous, steam-punk adventure and romance by Colleen Houck. The Lantern’s Ember is packed with an array of brilliant and vibrant characters, from a witch and debonair vampire, to pirates, demons and even a crazy scientist! The reader is whisked away on an immersive and magical journey to the mystical Otherworld, and I was completely hooked by this beautiful and enchanting tale.’

– Maddy, Marketing


Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

‘I’m not very good with super scary stories, so I’d prefer to dip into a wonderful fantasy world created by one of my favourite authors, Laini Taylor! Muse of Nightmares is the sequel to the amazingly enchanting Strange the Dreamer. Now I know a lot of you are probably devouring Muse of Nightmares right now as it’s just come out so I don’t want to give away any spoilers! But it is just as magical and moving as Strange the Dreamer and will seriously not disappoint. And to those of you that haven’t read Laini Taylor yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!’

– Melanie, Marketing




2 comments on “The Hodderscape Team pick their favourite books for Halloween”

  • Charne Hooper says:

    Poison City is an absolute must read, gripping and magical from the very first page. Just finished it’s sequel ‘Clockwork City,’ absolutely mind blowing just waiting on the third book. Paul Crilley has such a talent for creating a world you feel part of when reading these books. Stellar work! *****

  • John B McDermott says:

    I’m currently reading The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy. Beware the internet for demons lurk there !! Thrilling and scary at the same time. Loving it! Also,check out Red Moon by the same author. A werewolf apocalypse featuring a “Donald Trump ” style President who has a full moon kind of problem ! Amazing book.

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