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6 Books to Scare Students at Halloween

By Chloe Lane

Updated October 29, 2019 Updated October 29, 2019

It’ll soon be the 31st October, and we here at TopUniversities are very excited for Halloween! If, like us, you are batty for Halloween, you might want to take a look at our list of the best Halloween themed books for students.

We have included books for a range of subjects, so there should be something for everyone. The scariest part is, they may even help you with your degree…

Read on to find out more about some of the spookiest books around.

Accused: British Witches throughout History by Willow Winsham

Subject: History

What’s more Halloween themed than witchcraft? Answer: nothing. 

This fascinating book reveals the true stories of 11 women across five centuries who were victimized and condemned for witchcraft in Britain.

Accused draws on a multitude of primary sources, including the documents, church and census records and original pamphlets describing the crimes. It journeys from the first accused witch, “sorceress” Alice Kyteler, in 1324 to the last, Scottish psychic Helen Duncan – the final person to be imprisoned under the British Witchcraft Act of 1735.   

This is a fascinating, if not horrifying, piece of history which will probably make you more scared of the lawmakers of the time than of the witches they  condemned.

Dracula by Bram Stoker


Subject: English

Written in 1897, this gothic horror novel has been studied in countless English classes, and frankly, is the ultimate classic Halloween novel. Even if it isn’t on your syllabus this year, Dracula is well worth a read.

The novel itself is written in an epistolary format; through a series of letters, diary entries, ship logs and newspaper articles. It tells the story of a vampire, Count Dracula, and his attempt to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread the undead curse.

You’ll probably be pleased to know that Count Dracula is about as far away from Twilight’s rendition of vampires as you can get – Stoker’s Dracula is a lot more sinister and merciless than Meyer’s Edward Cullen. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you awake at night, this is the one for you.

Talking with Psychopaths and Savages - A journey into the evil mind: A chilling study of the most cold-blooded, manipulative people on planet earth by Christopher Berry-Dee

Subject: Psychology

In Talking with Psychopaths and Savages, author and criminologist Christopher Berry Dee takes you deep into the minds of some of the world’s most terrifying psychopaths and notorious serial killers. In the book, Dee interviews subjects and their psychiatrists and discovers some surprising and chilling revelations.

The scariest thing about this book is that you might start recognizing the criminals’ personality traits in people around you, and maybe even in yourself. Read this book if you want to question everything you know about what (and who) psychopaths are.  

If you enjoy this book you may also be interested in reading the author’s other works, including ‘Talking with Serial Killers’.

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray

Subject: Politics

In the Madness of Crowds, Murray explores some of the most divisive issues of the twenty-first century: sexuality, gender, technology and race. Murray picks apart the inconsistencies, contradictions and injustices in each of the arguments surrounding these big topics.

But why is this book scary? Murray is outrightly provocative and controversial and will often point out aspects of societal change that are contradictory, despite having a seemingly positive effect. He deliberately says things that people will want to argue against, and that is precisely why this book is worth a read. It will spark political debate and raise some interesting questions about society in the twenty-first century. 

Mortal Minds: the biology of near-death experiences by Dr. G.M. Woerlee

Subject: Biological Sciences

If you’ve ever wondered what people experience when they’re dying, whether there’s any possibility for life after death, if there’s such a thing as a soul or if it’s possible for the conscious mind to exist after death, then this is the book for you. In Mortal Minds, Dr. G.M. Woerlee reveals all the things we didn’t think it was possible to know about the connection between life and death.

One Amazon review says “I recommend this book most highly to anyone searching for answers to these important questions, and that should include most of humanity”.

Mortal Minds will scare you because it’s essentially a book confronting the boundaries between life and death – and what’s scarier than that?

Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti

Subject: Geography

We are only just coming to grips with the sheer horror of climate change. In Tropic of Chaos, investigative journalist Christian Parenti explores how extreme weather changes are causing humanitarian crises and state failure.

In a nutshell, the book suggests that climate change is making resources that people need and want less available, such as water, oil and land, contributing to war, famine and conflict.

Probably the scariest book of the lot. Of course, this is only if you find the complete destruction of our planet scary. Which you should…


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As Content Editor for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com, Chloe creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. Chloe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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