Two years ago, I took it upon myself to use October as a time for catching up on all the classic horror and gothic fiction I'd missed when I was
more of a sissy younger. You can read that post here.
This year, I'm feeling similarly inspired to immerse myself in Halloween-related books: contemporary ones now that I'm more-or-less caught up, but also Dracula (my favorite discovery from the classic horror reading project).
Spook and The Witches are both non-fiction. The first is Mary Roach's scientific exploration of various beliefs about the afterlife and the second is a dense bit of history by a great story teller.
The Last Werewolf and The Historian are pieces of genre fiction (about a werewolf and a vampire, respectively), that have come highly recommended to me. Generally, I find immortality to be a particularly interesting subject in genre fiction, so I think these might both be up my alley.
Sharp Objects and Broken Monsters are both mysteries. The first is by Gillian Flynn, whom I worship, and the second borders on horror and comes recommended with the additional recommendation not to read it too late at night.
Finally, Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a collections of short stories by Karen Russell, whom I love, which explores a variety of bittersweet and whimsical fantasy characters and situations.