Find the perfect scary books on the Cult of Weird Fall Reading List, a selection of creepy, paranormal and disturbing reads for the spooky season.
Real ghost stories. Chilling true crime cases. Skulls with gruesome stories to tell. These creepy fall reads will keep you up at night with fascination…or fright.
Is it possible to transplant the human soul? What happens when we try to communicate with those from the other side? Furthermore, is it possible to have a long distance relationship with the dead?
What if you’re wearing them?
Haunted history, bizarre true crime, and curious tales from the stranger corners of the past abound on the 2021 fall reading list. Find your next morbid must-read below. These creepy books will look really great on your coffin bookshelf.
By Marc Hartzman
From the ghosts of the underworld in Ancient Greece to the candle-lit parlors of 19th century spirit mediums to the night vision glow of today’s ghost hunting reality shows, humanity has a long, sordid history with the supernatural.
Author Marc Hartzman, a modern conjurer of the curious and macabre, has channeled our spectral obsessions into a tome of weird haunted history. This fascinating and lavishly illustrated compendium pulls back the veil on some of the strangest moments in the paranormal, such as:
- A band of ancient spirit musicians putting on concerts in a cabin in Ohio
- Mark Twain’s unsuccessful postmortem writing career
- The ectoplasmic excretions of materialization medium Eva Carrière
- A medium who played matchmaker between the living and the dead
Chasing Ghosts explores famous haunted places, haunted films, and even the haunted machines designed to open windows into the world beyond the veil.
Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?
By Eric Powell & Harold Schechter
He exhumed freshly buried corpses to make crafts with their remains. He murdered two women so he could wear their skin. He turned his dilapidated Wisconsin home into a gruesome house of horrors decorated with human remains.
In this chilling new graphic novel, comic book writer/artist Eric Powell (The Goon) and true crime author Harold Schechter (Deviant) team up to explore the deeply disturbing story of Ed Gein and the impact his ghastly crimes had on the world.
Skulls: Portraits of the Dead and the Stories They Tell
By Paul Gambino
It’s a bit odd, when you think about it, that you can have a real human skull sitting on a shelf in your home. That was a real person at some point. And they lived an entire life we can only speculate about. Who were they? What can we learn about them?
In Skulls, Paul Gambino weaves historical facts, medical references and curious anecdotes together with the stories of skulls with often gruesome histories that now reside in private collections. Where did they come from? What makes them so highly sought after?
The Family Plot
By Megan Collins
Andy, Dahlia, Charlie and Tate grew up isolated in a secluded island mansion with their true crime-obsessed parents. But they have a mystery of their own: Andy has been missing for the last decade.
The discovery of his body in their father’s grave ten years later is just the beginning.
By H.L. Tidy
History is terrifying. These 20 ghost tales tell the chilling true stories of notorious haunted locations like the Taunton State Hospital, the Roosevelt Hotel, and the empire of the dead beneath the streets of Paris.
Mr. Humble & Dr. Butcher
By Brandy Schillace
During the Cold War, celebrated neurosurgeon Dr. Robert White was secretly trying to defeat mortality and allow the soul to live on after the body has died by perfecting a surgery to transplant the human brain.
As the blurb says, it’s a long, strange journey from science fiction to science fact.
It’s Your Funeral!
By Kathy Benjamin
It’s your death, do it how you want. Write your own obituary. Haunted friends and family on social media from beyond the grave. Get a flaming Viking sendoff. Be mummified.
Whatever it is you want, this book will help you plan it so you can put the fun in your own funeral.