Share A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

Kerry Fiallo is a New York native and copywriter at Simon & Schuster. A lifelong voracious reader, she has a particular fondness for ghost stories, history, and anything to do with Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Brontë sisters. The only thing she may love more than books is black tea, but they do often go well together. You can find her as she navigates through literature and history on Twitter @ReadingInNYC.

Whenever my friends and I plan a trip, we always search for something spooky to do—from ghost tours to haunted trails. And for connoisseurs of all things scary like us, Halloween is the best time of the year for creepy vacations, and we have gotten plenty of ideas from the horror genre. Now, we here at Off the Shelf have created a list of books that will give you plenty of ideas for your next spooky vacation, from pastoral New England to the jungles of Mexico and beyond.


The Amityville Horror
by Jay Anson

The most famous—or infamous—of American haunted houses, this allegedly true story takes you to the suburbs of Long Island, where a family moves into and out of their new home in less than a month. From the house’s oozing walls to mysterious cold spots and more, this ghost story combines true crime with paranormal intrigue. And yes, the house still stands, but subsequent owners never reported problems, ghostly or otherwise.

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Indiebound logo
The Amityville Horror
Jay Anson

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

Close

I Am Providence
by Nick Mamatas

In this nightmarish and thrilling mystery, a convention in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrating  the city’s native son, the horror author H. P. Lovecraft, plays host to a disturbing murder. In this clever and unnerving novel, one attendee is determined to find the killer but stumbles upon much more terrifying secrets.

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Indiebound logo
I Am Providence
Nick Mamatas

An author's murder during an H. P. Lovecraft fan convention reveals dark secrets beneath the printed page in this biting murder-mystery satire.

At the Summer Tentacular, murder is non-fiction.

For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn’t know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol’s most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend is out.

Colleen’s trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian, turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What’s more unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is little concern among the convention goers. The Summer Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling police.

Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very well spell her doom.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

8 FANtastic Books for the Literati Geek in You

By Kerry Fiallo | October 15, 2019

Close

The Ruins
by Scott Smith

When four tourists take an unplanned excursion on their Mexican vacation, they have no idea that their lives are about to take a deadly and horrifying turn. With creeping suspense and twisty chills, THE RUINS illustrates the dark side of the natural world and shows why you should never wander off your itinerary when abroad.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Ruins
Scott Smith

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

Close

Himself
by Jess Kidd

Ireland is a country of lush, rolling hills, picturesque villages, and plenty of supernatural tales. HIMSELF is a witty and beguiling ghost story that is unlike any other. Follow the handsome charmer Mahony as he returns to his rural hometown—to learn the real reason why he was placed in an orphanage as a baby—and all hell breaks loose, quite literally. This is a humorous and whimsical venture to the Emerald Isle. Read the full review of HIMSELF.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King

If you want to visit New England, look no further than Stephen King. In this psychological and supernatural thriller, a young girl becomes lost on the Maine–New Hampshire portion of the Appalachian Trail. She has only some snacks, her wits, and her love for the baseball player Tom Gordon to help her survive, but there’s also something sinister stalking her in the woods. This is a haunting, eerie tale with a young heroine you can’t help but root for.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Stephen King

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

7 Thriller Novels We Think Are Creepier Than Campfire Stories

By Hannah Schaffer | November 4, 2019

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

8 FANtastic Books for the Literati Geek in You

By Kerry Fiallo | October 15, 2019

7 Stephen King Novels That Remind Us Why He’s a Master Storyteller

By Off the Shelf Staff | September 20, 2019

Close

The Terror
by Dan Simmons

In this atmospheric novel based on historical events, an expedition in the 1840s to find the Northwest Passage in the Arctic takes a deadly turn as the two ships of the voyage—one of them the HMS Terror—become stuck in the ice. Although the men are battling scurvy and starvation, it soon becomes clear that there’s something even more dangerous (and supernatural) on the ice. With profound research and masterly prose, THE TERROR is an gripping masterpiece.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Terror
Dan Simmons

A chilling and suspenseful thriller, THE TERROR follows a group of men on an expedition to find the Northwest Passage. But fear, desperation, and a growing dread that there is something dangerous stalking them in the snow haunts them throughout. . . . Page Count: 784

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

7 Suspenseful Thrillers That Will Make You Want to Stay Out of the Water

By Kerry Fiallo | July 19, 2018

13 Extra-Long Books to Read While You Wait for Spring

By Kerry Fiallo | January 19, 2017

Close

Exit Zero
by Neil Cohen

In this fresh and hilarious take on the zombie apocalypse genre, a devastating plague sweeps across New Jersey, forcing a motley group of survivors to escape on the Garden State Parkway. Combining social commentary with chills and twists, EXIT ZERO is a riveting thrill ride.

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Indiebound logo
Exit Zero
Neil Cohen

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

Close

A Storm of Witchcraft
by Emerson W. Baker

This remarkable account of one of the most frightening moments in American history whisks you to Salem, Massachusetts (a location that should be on everyone’s Halloween bucket list—trust me), during the witch hysteria of 1692–93. In-depth, engaging, and unputdownable, A STORM OF WITCHCRAFT sheds new light on this dark American episode and explores its unforgettable legacy.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
A Storm of Witchcraft
Emerson W. Baker

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

A Literary Tour to the Spookiest Destinations on Earth

By Kerry Fiallo | October 23, 2019

Close

Thank you for joining our email list!

If you create an Off the Shelf account, you'll be able to save books to your personal bookshelf, and be eligible for free books and other good stuff.

Click here to create your free account.

You must be logged in to add books to your shelf.

Please log in or sign up now.