The best books that will creep you out in the best possible way

Jenny Lawson Author Of Broken (in the Best Possible Way)
By Jenny Lawson

Who am I?

I’m a writer and a bookstore owner and a lover of all things dark and strange. I grew up reading books that I often had to put in the freezer at night so that they wouldn’t haunt my dreams and I never grew out of it.  I have a book club called The Fantastic Strangelings so I am constantly reading, and always looking for new and wonderful stories to share.


I wrote...

Broken (in the Best Possible Way)

By Jenny Lawson,

Book cover of Broken (in the Best Possible Way)

What is my book about?

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

A treat for Jenny Lawson’s already existing fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.

The books I picked & why

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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia,

Book cover of Mexican Gothic

Why this book?

A lonely mansion. A strange aristocrat. A fascinating socialite. A secret that lurks in the dark. This is a gorgeously written novel that is weird, wonderful, and creepy while also exploring racism, eugenics, and misogyny. Like if Lovecraft met Wuthering Heights if Wuthering Heights was in 1950s Mexico. Glamour and horror collide in a fantastic way that will keep you turning the pages.

Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

By Megan Rosenbloom,

Book cover of Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

Why this book?

I know you’re probably expecting novels on my list but this is the true story of a librarian’s investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin (for real). More fascinating than creepy, this book sucked me in from the very beginning. If you like Mary Roach (Stiff, Spooked) or Caitlin Doughty (Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?) then you will love Megan Rosenbloom


Horrorstör

By Grady Hendrix,

Book cover of Horrorstör

Why this book?

Is it weird to call a creepy horror tale hilarious? Because it kind of is. A clever and fast-paced read unraveling the mystery of the three employees who volunteer to work a dusk to dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.  Basically, it’s like if Ikea was haunted during a lock-in. And Grady Hendrix does horror in such an amazing way it’s a gateway to his other books, like The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, which is also very good.

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson,

Book cover of The Haunting of Hill House

Why this book?

Listen, if you like creepy books and you don’t already know Shirley Jackson then I am about to change your life. All of her books are fantastic but this one is probably the greatest haunted house story of all time. Four seekers arrive at the notoriously Hill House, including Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a haunting. They are not prepared for what they find.


Through the Woods

By Emily Carroll,

Book cover of Through the Woods

Why this book?

Five terrifying but lovely graphic novel stories that explore the dark, terrible woods in this sinister fairy tale of a book. These vignettes entice while also terrifying and the illustrations are the perfect mix of dark and sinister that makes me think of Tim Burton or Edward Gorey.


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