Every Friday, people across the globe share what they’re reading using the hashtag #FridayReads on social media.

From new books and magazines to interesting blog posts and news articles, countless items are shared each week.

With Halloween just a few days away, we’ve decided to round up five frightening books we think everyone should read. Keep reading to see and learn more about our spooky picks.

“The Amityville Horror”

Fans of the movie “The Amityville Horror” should definitely check out the book too. Even if you already know what happens, this spooky, spellbinding book that’s based on a true story will still haunt you.

“The Exorcist”

Inspired by a true story of a child possessed by an ancient demon, “The Exorcist” was considered a controversial book when it was first published, but it went on to spend 57 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and inspired a wildly popular movie and TV show by the same name.

“The Haunting of Hill House”

“The Haunting of Hill House” is widely considered to be one of the best ghost stories ever written. The story, which follows four seekers during their stay at a haunted home, has been described as “a perfect work of unnerving terror” and is a must-read for lovers of ghost stories.

“The Silence of the Lambs”

“The Silence of the Lambs” is a New York Times bestselling classic about a serial murderer who’s stalking - and killing - women and the psychiatrist, who’s also a killer and is locked up in a hospital for the criminally insane, that’s been tapped to help the FBI track and capture the murderer.


“Dracula” might not have been the first story written about vampires but this twisted tale did define the genre and its author, Bram Stoker, is often  hailed as the father of the modern vampire novel. Fans of “Twilight,” “True Blood” and other vampire stories should give “Dracula” a read.