This is the perfect time of year to talk about creepy settings in books! There are all sorts of creepy creatures of the night that haunt All Hallow’s Eve… vampires, ghosts, zombies, the list can go on for quite a while… populate any location with these and you will have a pretty creepy place… BUT have you ever read a book and it was the actual place that was creepy?! Sure the idea you can run into a monster ups the tension… but what about the atmosphere… the mood BEFORE?

These locations all have the potential to give someone the heebie jeebies without being from the horror genre… and here are the books that prove it!

Historical Cities

There is something dark and eerie about history that clings to the stones of old cities. Could there be ghosts? YES, but even if nothing jumps out at you a chill lingers until you’re safely indoors.

London in Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

San Francisco in The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

Rural Dongxi, China in Hundred Ghost Soup by Robert Chansky






Enclosed Spaces

Have you ever been locked in a dark room? *shiver* When you’re forced into an enclosed space tension rises and you want out! Then people start dying and you can’t help feel it will be your coffin…

The Well of Ascension in the The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Crazy Spaceship in Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Mysterious location with Piles of Bones and No Way Out in Alive by Scott Sigler

Circus and Carnivals

Clowns typically haunt these places and they scare the bejesus out of me, but it is their eerie and weird atmosphere that causes us to seek out books like these…

Le Cirque des Rêves in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Gomorrah Festival in Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

The carnival in Caraval by Stephanie Garber






Nature, Woods & Lakes

The big outdoors’ majesty can be breathtaking… and then you find yourself all alone with mother nature in the dark undergrowth and you wonder what may be hiding right nearby…

Cabeswater in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Underwater world in Drown by Esther Dalseno

The Forest in The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski







Not all places can be labeled so easily! They are not of our real physical world, the naked eye cannot see them… BUT we know they are there just out of sight…

The Afterlife in The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Time Loop in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

On a River Blind in Bird Box by Josh Malerman

and the Cursed Season of Accidents in The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle makes everyplace creepy!

Whichever book you pick up will have a creeptacular atmosphere that is sure to leave you looking over your shoulder… just in case! Happy Halloween!