Creepy Reads from the Ghost Ship: October Reading Mutiny

One weekend when I was in college, I dog and house-sat for my parents while they were out of town. My mom - being the awesome, amazing person that she is - gifted me with a huge Stephen King tome before leaving. The good thing? The the book sucked me in from the very first page. The bad thing? It was a scary book. Like - keep the lights on, close all the blinds, barricade the doors-scary, and I was all alone in a big, creaky house.

I don't think I slept at all that weekend. It was in the middle of winter, in Cleveland, and our dog had a pea-sized bladder, so I was out in our backyard all throughout the dark, cold, lonely night, shivering and jumping every time a branch snapped. I nearly hyperventilated a few times, and I most certainly hurried our dog along more than she would have liked.

After that weekend, I made a pact of myself to not read scary books while house sitting ALONE. But I still love reading a really good scary story. I love it when a book - any book - can suspend reality, even if it means I'm too scared to turn out the lights. :)

For this month's Reading Mutiny, I tried to pick a variety of "scary" books that fit our October theme of Ghost Ship, from keep-the-lights-on creepy (BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE and POSSESS), to intense and disturbing (CARRIE and FAHRENHEIT 451), and poetically chilling (THE NEAR WITCH and TEXAS GOTHIC). I hope you enjoy at least a couple of these books, they are some of my favorites!


The Reading Mutiny Challenge is our community-wide reading challenge. Join the fun! 


  1. Choose one or more of the selected books for the month and read!
  2. Once you're finished reading, create a blog post of YOUR book review on your own personal blog or share it on Goodreads, then report back here! 
  3. Leave a comment attached to this post with a link to where your review is posted.
  4. For every book you read and review during the Mutiny Challenge you'll gain one entry into our monthly drawing. Don't forget to enter via the applicable Rafflecopter widget to be eligible for the giveaway!
  5. Additional ways to accrue giveaway points will also be available, so make sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget for all details! 

Note: This month's drawing is for a book by a Mystery Author. Check back on Friday for the interview and to find out which book you can win!

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Any favorite creepy reads you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments!