Chilling Books of the Dead for Your Halloween Library

Dust off those bookshelves — just make sure not to disturb those beautiful cobwebs! It’s time for horror, fantasy, and sci-fi books to take center shelf. Because, let’s be honest, with the changing seasons comes an existential dread. This can tempered only be escaping into a horrifying fictional world full of ghosts and ghouls and goblins, oh my! Scary sentences bound by covers as sturdy as bone and ink as dark as blood are as refreshing as the crisp autumn breeze.

So grab your favorite sweater and a spiced drink. Then, check out this curated list of terrifying tomes from that are ready for your wide eyes.

Evil Dead

Book of the Dead – Necronomicon

Evil Dead fans, feast your eyes on a prop replica guaranteed to make you scream. Both delightful and frightful, the Book of the Dead – Necronomicon by Trick or Treat Studios is sculpted and printed with the highest quality pages. Not only can you peruse incredible illustrations, but you can use the twisted visage to impress all your Halloween party guests. Set it on your shelf or alongside your porch decorations — or even use it as an accessory for your Ash Williams costume!


HR Giger 40th Ed.

H.R. Giger is an art legend. As described by Ridley Scott, director of Alien (1979), “At its essence, Giger’s art digs down into our psyches and touches our very deepest primal instincts and fears. His art stands in a category of its own.” Thus the HR Giger 40th Edition Book by Taschen explores Giger’s life, art, phobias, and philosophies. Take a deep dive into a horror icon’s psyche with every page — the perfect late-night reading for those who look at the cosmos with both fascination and fear.

Harry Potter

The Monster Book of Monsters

Love monsters in your books? How about books that are monsters themselves — and we don’t just mean they’re over 500 pages long. The Monster Book of Monsters Prop Replica by Insight Collectibles is required reading for anybody hoping to make it through Professor Rubeus Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures Course. When you open it, you’ll find numerous illustrations and information about the fantastic beasts from the Wizarding World. Don’t stomp on it, though! Just stroke the spine.

Harry Potter Film Vault: The Complete Series

Intricately designed and packed with concept art and unit photography, the Harry Potter: Film Vault the Complete Series Box Set by Insight Editions is a must-have for fans of the Harry Potter movies. Each page is packed with behind-the-scenes information about this beloved book series that was brought to life on the big screen. From notes and illustrations to an outer cover and spines with a detailed connecting design, this set will make your book collection into a museum-quality work of art.

Court of the Dead

War of Flesh and Bone

Travel to the Underworld with the Court of the Dead: War of Flesh and Bone graphic novel. Two opposing factions collide in vibrantly colored, exquisitely detailed panels. Gethsemoni’s gargantuan golem Odium must fight Xiall’s stalwart soldier Mortighull, and the results of this gruesome duel will have far-reaching consequences upon the denizens of Illverness. If you’re looking for a new and unique horror property to sink your teeth into, this Court of the Dead comic is it.


Handbook for the Recently Deceased

Are you recently deceased? Or dressing as a spirit, zombie, or otherwise no-longer-living being this Halloween? Insight Editions has you covered with the Beetlejuice: Handbook for the Recently Deceased Book. While the cover is a faithful reproduction of the same handbook seen onscreen, the interior consists of a pocket journal, twenty note cards, envelopes, and sticker seals. Such a killer keepsake is guaranteed to put some life in your afterlife!

Stranger Things

Stranger Things Tarot Deck and Guidebook

What’s better than some Halloween light reading? Halloween light tarot reading! Featuring characters from Netflix’s hit television series Stranger Things, this deck has combined your favorite fandom with the major and minor arcana. You could spend hours simply admiring the artwork, or analyzing why Eleven is the High Priestess! Simply grab a bowl of ice cream from Scoops Ahoy and dig in to this treat of a tarot display.

Stranger Things: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book

If the visuals are one of your favorite parts of Stranger Things, we recommend the Stranger Things: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book by Insight Editions. Experience the series like never before with stunning recreations of iconic moments from the show, including Will Byers’ first sighting of the Mind Flayer and that fateful session of Dungeons & Dragons. Immerse yourself in Hawkins and the Upside Down when you bring it home today!


The X-Files: The Official Archives

Nostalgia and TV monsters come together in The X-Files: The Official Archives Book by Abrams Books. Featuring drawings and details documenting Agent Mulder and Agent Scully’s most famous cases, these replicated FBI notes will make you wonder who exactly pulled these from confidential storage cabinets! Use the book as a prop for your X-Files costume or as a handy guide on how to defeat any extraterrestrial threats.


Gozer Temple Collectors Edition

It’s a dark and stormy night. There’s a chill in the air, and fog hanging low over the houses. You shiver, feeling like something — or someone — just passed through you. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! And while you’re waiting for the guys to drive over, consult your Gozer Temple Collectors Edition Book by Insight Collectibles. This visual history takes an in-depth look at over three decades of Ghostbusters fun guaranteed to make fans grin.

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