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By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 26, 2022 (San Diego) - Are you the kind of person who enjoys a good, scary book ― especially at Halloween?

Well, look no further. The County of San Diego Library has a few sboooook―tacular lists for you, filled with books you can read or listen to!
From Stephen King to Silvia Moreno Garcia, Tiffany Jackson, Cassandra Khaw and R.L. Stine, the Library has a book or story that will help you have a hair-raising good time this Halloween.

Here’s a list of the Library’s 10 most popular scary print books:
  1. “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  2. “Pet Sematary” by Stephen King
  3. “Gwendy’s Button Box” by Stephen King
  4. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
  5. “What Moves the Dead” by T. Kingfisher
  6. “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King
  7. “They Drown our Daughters” by Katrina Monroe
  8. “The Stand: A Novel” by Stephen King
  9. “The Final Girl Support Group” by Grady Hendrix
  10. “My Heart is a Chainsaw” by Stephen Graham Jones


And here are the Top 10 most popular scary ebooks and audiobooks:


  1. “The Butcher and the Wren” by Alaina Urquhart
  2. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
  3. “The Last House on Needless Street” by Catriona Ward
  4. “The Final Girl Support Group” by Grady Hendrix
  5. “Hidden Pictures: A Novel” by Jason Rekulak
  6. “Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus” by Mary Shelley
  7. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
  8. “The House Across the Lake: A Novel” by Riley Sager
  9. “Later” by Stephen King
  10. “The Outsider: A Novel” by Stephen King


But you don’t have to stop at the Top 10s! There are plenty more spooky stories to read. Here’s a larger list of “Haunting Stories” from the Library’s ebooks and audio books.
And here’s a link to some Scary Movies from the Library’s blogs and collections.
Happy Halloween!

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