Sideshow’s Spine-Tingling Halloween Reading Guide

This Spooky Season, we’re all ready to curl up next to the fireplace with a hot cup of apple cider, pumpkin-patterned pajamas, and a good boo!-k. While there’s that certain chill in the air, it’s great to get your thrills from diving into some dark fantasy and horror, exploring the skeletons in other people’s closets while you rest in your favorite armchair — feet pulled up just in case of any pesky demons are sleeping underneath, of course.

If you’re at a loss for what to read, however, never fear! From creepy comics to terrifying tomes, our best ghouls and goblins have put together a list of good reads from below. Check it out!

Court of the Dead

The Chronicle of the Underworld

With so many new worlds to learn, we know you want to devote yourself to the best. Look no further than the Court of the Dead, a sweeping epic full of rich characters, dark secrets, Celestials, and sabotage. In the Chronicle of the Underworld, you will learn about Death, who built and rules the Underworld, and his Court of the Dead, who help him govern it. This beginner’s guide to the story and narrative is a must-have for mourners & mortals alike.

Grave Tales – A Comics Omnibus

Court of the Dead: Grave Tales – A Comics Omnibus is your introduction to vital Court of the Dead stories and relationships, narrated by none other than Death’s own chronicler-fool, Malavestros. This soft-cover anthology features nine comics that can be read either as standalone or as a continuous story.

Shadows of the Underworld Graphic Novel

The Court of the Dead: Shadows of the Underworld Original Graphic Novel by Sideshow takes readers on a journey through the twisted underbelly of the Land of the Dead. Immerse yourself in vivid, vibrant artwork and stories that will weave the fabric of the (under)world for years to come.

Rise of the Reaper General Illustrated Novel

In Rise of the Reaper General, you will learn the grand tale of Demithyle, son of Death. Through the eyes of the leader of the Mortis Knights, experience the early days of the Underworld as well as the beings who shaped it.

Harry Potter

A Pop Up Guide to Hogwarts

Perhaps your time in front of your fireplace is family time. Immerse loved ones of all ages into October magic with the Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts book by Insight Editions. This exhilarating, interactive guide to the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry, as seen in the Harry Potter films, will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the castle itself from the comfort of your own home.


The Weyland-Yutani Report

Travel through the stars with our next pick, a delve into the horrors that haunt deep space. The Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report book is designed to look as if it has been wrapped in the skin of the iconic Xenomorph creature. Not only will it make a great Halloween decoration, but it will offer invaluable insight into the sci-fi franchise, plus extensive information on the characters, locations, vehicles, and weapons from the Alien movies.

Guillermo del Toro

Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness

Signed by the maestro of monsters himself, the Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness Limited Edition book is the perfect companion for your GDT marathon. It also makes a gorgeous addition to any library. With extensive interviews with the director, insights from the film’s stars, including Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, a booklet that showcases the film’s amazing costume designs, and more, it’s a highly valuable treat for yourself — no tricks attached.

Tarot del Toro

Add game night to your Halloween to-do list with a book and tarot card set. Featuring both major and minor arcana inspired by Guillermo del Toro films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, The Shape of Water, and Hellboy, the Tarot del Toro: A Tarot Deck and Guidebook Inspired by the World of Guillermo del Toro is a deliciously macabre representation of this horror guru’s greatest creations.


Gozer Temple Collectors Edition Book

If you like to mix a little comedy with your horror, you’re surely gonna call the Ghostbusters to celebrate Halloween with you. Impress Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore, Egon Spengler, and all your Ghostbusters fan friends with this exclusive edition of the Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History book. Encased in a film-accurate sculpt of the Gozer Temple doors, the book inside features reproductions of three blueprints used on the original film to construct the miniature version of 55 Central Park West and many other exciting Easter eggs and intricate details.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: The Costumes

Is your favorite part of Halloween the costumes? Have you spent all of this year crafting the perfect cosplay? Get inspired for next year’s holiday — or for your next convention — with the Game of Thrones: The Costumes book. From the practical layered fabrics of Winterfell to the finery of King’s Landing, this book is the definitive guide to one of the most breathtaking elements of the hit HBO show.

Game of Thrones: The Storyboards

If your eyes need a screen break, but you miss your favorite TV show, look no further than The Game of Thrones: The Storyboards book. This hardcover art collection features storyboards from many iconic Game of Thrones episodes and scenes, including the bone-chilling pilot “Winter is Coming.”  A must-have for television connoisseurs and fantasy art fans alike!

Which spine-tingling books are you reading this October? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!