Spine-tingling nonfiction reads for Halloween

It’s Halloween, and before the day is over, there is still just enough time to embrace all things spooky. And while horror novels and audiobooks definitely satisfy a reader’s macabre interests, these nonfiction books reach a higher level of unsettling creepiness because these ghastly tales are about real people, real places, and real events. Here are some stories to keep you up at night.

📚 I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

📚 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

📚 The Wicked Boy: An Infamous Murder in Victorian London by Kate Summerscale

📚 Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter

📚 The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin

📚 The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

📚 Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

📚 We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

📚 The Last Stone by Mark Bowden

📚 The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans by Mark Jacobson

📚 The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy by Ann Rule

📚 The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn

📚 Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Hunt for the Nation’s Most Elusive Serial Killer by Robert Graysmith

📚 Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

📚 If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood by Gregg Olsen

📚 The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber

📚 A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness by NHK TV Crew

📚 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

📚 Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession, edited by Sarah Weinman

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Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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