Books That Will Burrow Into Your Soul This Halloween [SHOWING SLIDE 4 OF 10]

At this time of year, torture porn, suspenseful slashers and emo-teenage vampires aren’t in short supply on TV. As Halloween nears, it’s the perfect time of year to unsettle into a little psychological horror to fully grab your imagination. After reading Stephen Dobyns’ The Burn Palace you may think twice about sleeping overnight in a hospital. Ryu Murukami’s In the Miso Soup takes you through three grisly and savage days with a sex tour guide into the sleazy demimonde of Tokyo’s worst streets. And Bret Easton Ellis masterfully creates a meta witches’ brew while casting himself as the reluctant anti-hero in Lunar Park. Here are our picks to sustain fright through All Hallows’ Eve.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Kirkus Star
by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel

If you’re falling out of love with love: True love. Moonlight. Roses. Eternal devotion. The one. Get real, we hear you say. We have no time for such jaded attitudes. We hereby pledge to pluck you from skepticism and reawaken you to the never-ending ability of love to return, again and again. The novel with which you’ll do it is Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. It is remarkably long, and takes place in two different worlds. But it is deeply, fundamentally romantic.