Whether you’re looking for cozy, spooky, or completely scary, these books have some major autumn vibes.
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell; illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks; color by Sarah Stern
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. But this Halloween is different–Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.
The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
The Sparrow Sisters are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor, but when a modern-day witch-hunt threatens their town, will they be able to turn the tide and return life to Granite Point?
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find.
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
Making a Faustian bargain to live forever but never be remembered, a woman from early eighteenth-century France endures unacknowledged centuries before meeting a man who remembers her name.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in this powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement.
The Year of The Witching by Alexis Henderson
A young woman living in a rigid, repressive society discovers dark powers within herself, with terrifying and far-reaching consequences.
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders–and the bigger mystery of their own origins.
Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren’t enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o’-lanterns.
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house leading to alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more one fears them, the stronger they become.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
A woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound–and dangerous–secrets hidden within its walls?
In The Vines by Shannon Kirk
Two years after her mother’s mysterious death, Mop is seeking closure on the disquieting tragedy by returning to the New England seaside estate of her cloistered Aunty Liv–once her closest relative and confidante. But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined.