Halloween Takeover: Jenny Blackhurst

Jenny Blackhurst chooses her top five books for Halloween

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Author Recommendations
Tags: halloween

In the lead up to Halloween, we asked some of our favourite authors to recommend the most frightening and unnerving books they’ve read. Take a look and tell us if you’ve dared to read any of these chilling stories.


Jenny Blackhurst

Jenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her own seemed like natural progression. Jenny’s fourth novel, The Night She Died, will be published in paperback on 1st November 2018.







Night Shift by Stephen King

A bit of a cheat because it’s a collection of stories from the master of horror but it’s (in my humble opinion) Stephen King’s strongest strong point. From a man who discovers that the quitting service he’s enrolled in will do ANYTHING to make him give up smoking, to the man who confesses to a psychiatrist what happened when the boogeyman came knocking – best you don’t read this on Halloween night.





Spider Light by Sarah Rayne

“The dangerous thing about spider light is that it hides things – things you never knew existed. But once you have seen those things, you can never afterwards forget them …”

Do you have chills yet? I’ve been petrified that the spider light will catch me ever since I read this book.





The Funhouse by Dean Koontz

One of the first horror books I ever read, which is probably why it holds such a special place for me – you never forget your first chill. I’ve been a huge fan of Dean Koontz ever since.






The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Another early read for me, this one is a slow burning, spooky and chilling ghost story. I’ve heard there’s a series being streamed on Netflix but I’m on a deadline so obviously wouldn’t know…





The Lingering by Susi Holliday

A new release this creepy read has a haunted asylum, a creepy cult and a new couple with secrets. Literally all the elements you need for a perfect ghost story.






See more Halloween recommendations from authors Sarah Hilary, Phoebe Locke, Elodie Harper, David Mark, Anna Mozzola, Jo Spain, Douglas Lindsay, Allen Eskens and Charlotte Duckworth.

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