QUIZ: Which Queer Spooky Book Should You Read This October?

Happy Spooktober, the season for spooky reading! Of course, you don’t want to read just anything spooky this October; you want a queer spooky book. That’s where a lesbrarian, aka me, comes in. Take this quiz, and I will match you with a Halloween appropriate read for this month. Fear not — there are spooky book options for every kind of reader, whether you want to be scared out of your wits by a haunted house story, disturbed by body horror, feel warm and fuzzy about witches falling in love, or vicariously get feminist revenge by reading about werewolves eating slimy men. Let us begin!

Which Queer Spooky Book Should You Read This October?

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Known in some internet circles as Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, Casey Stepaniuk is a writer and librarian who holds an MA in English literature. She writes regularly for Book Riot and Inside Vancouver about LGBTQ2IA+ and/or bookish topics as well as a monthly column about queer books at Autostraddle called Ask Your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbrarian. Topics and activities dear to her heart include cats, bisexuality, libraries, queer (Canadian) literature, running, and drinking tea. She runs the website Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian, where you can find reviews of queer Canadian books, archives of Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian, and some other queer, bookish stuff. Find her on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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  1. The Haunting of Hill House! I’ve read it but the quiz is COMPLETELY right as I’ve earmarked it to reread. Shirley Jackson is everything and everyone whos watched the show (which to be fair I did also love if i considered it just a completely separate thing) you are NOT prepared for this. That ending passage!!

  2. I also got Shirley Jackson – the Haunting of Hill House. This is some excellent advice that I will take as I’ve been feeling bereft after finishing a reread of Lolly Willowes; it’s hard to follow, but Jackson sounds just right, phew! Thanks for getting me out of a reading hole. I shall put my mulled cider in my cup of stars.

  3. Soon as I saw ‘rockets’ new the quiz writer had to be canadian! Yay Vancouver people! Also canadian smarties so much better than US smarties, was so sad when I moved here and realized the good candy I could have gotten in elementary school :’( Great quiz and now I have new stuff for reading list!

  4. Those food choices had me dithering, like, forever !

    I got Payback’s a Witch, which sounds perfect for my woossy romantic heart.

    Shout out to those who got The Haunting of Hill House, that is such a masterpiece.

    Oh and Thanks Casey for the Rockets !

  5. I have bo clue what that last animal was but it’s so cute I genuinely squealed.

    As a not American the food and drinks are always a guessing game for me. I think I picked hot chocolate and liquorice (not together please) but I’m not sure XD

  6. Considering I’m a big baby who had trouble falling asleep last night due to having read the *summary* of Nothing but Blackened Teeth earlier in the day, I have two questions :

    – how would you rate the scare factor of my result for the quiz – I got Flowers for the Sea ?
    I actually tend to be fine with body horror, it’s more the supernatural stuff that gets me…

    – what about The Haunting of Hill House ? I’ve got it in audiobook format but I’m worried that may make the book scarier…

    I loved the quiz by the way, one of the first where I didn’t need to pick default answers :) There was always an option fitting me

    • Yay, so glad you liked the quiz.

      I confess, I have not read Flowers for the Sea as it was just released. What I learned from reading reviews, though, is that the scariness is focused on body horror, specifically pregnancy and childbirth. Hope that helps!

      The audiobook of Haunting of Hill House made it scarier for me I think. But it’s more psychologically creepy, and implicit. Like you’re left wondering if there ever was anything actually haunting the house.

      Happy reading!

  7. I got Payback’s a Witch, which I’ve heard uses the trope of a lesbian sleeping with a man so I don’t want it! (Lmk if I’m wrong. Bisexuals sleeping with men is fine)

    This month I’ve already read The Animals of Lockwood Manor which I HIGHLY recommend for fans of Hill House. Spooky mansion lesbians let’s go!!

    I also read These Witches Don’t Burn which was a really fun cute gay witch YA with a high-stakes mystery. Now I’m on the sequel, This Coven Won’t Break

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