To get into the trick or treat vibe, here are 10 of our favourite dark and eerie reads for Halloween. Light the fire, dim the lights, and read on ...

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

One of our all time favourites, and a modern classic. Take the trip across the Causeway if you dare. Genuinely scary, and beautifully written.

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

So, so very difficult to choose … Stephen King has written many wonderful novels. But, this eerie and compelling story of small town vampires is one of our favourites.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

“… whatever walked there, walked alone.”

Dare you enter Hill House? Dare you? Go on, we dare you! A complete classic.

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

A childhood favourite that retains its underlying creepiness several decades on. An enduring treasure that tells of 17th Century Sorcerer Thomas Kempe and his visit to rural 1970s Oxfordshire …

The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin

Not strictly a horror or spook novel, this dark and tragic story of a young couple who move near the lighthouse of Eel Point nonetheless has plenty to unsettle. Part of a quartet by one of the very best Scandinavian thriller writers around.

House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill

The Red House: home to the damaged genius of the late M. H. Mason, master taxidermist and puppeteer …

One of Nevill’s best novels in a career filled with dark modern nightmares.

Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James

The grandfather of fright! Classic winter spooky tales. ‘Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ is one of our all time favourite eerie yarns. Unmissable.

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Another modern classic. Eric Brown of The Guardian described the book as “the kind of subtly unsettling, understated ghost story MR James might have written had he visited the Arctic.”

Brrr … dark and spooky.

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

1786, the ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote has been sighted prowling the grounds of Jerusalem College, Cambridge. Bring on sceptic John Holdsworth, author of ‘The Anatomy of Ghosts’ to investigate.

A sophisticated, haunting and very moving book.

A Natural History of Ghosts by Roger Clarke

This superbly researched trip through 500 years of ghostly sightings and spook huntings is brilliant. A perfect reference companion to a night of supernatural reading!