Aussie All Hallow’s Read

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All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.

Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post. []

The bleakness of our landscape and the tyranny of distance in our island continent has inspired generations of Australian writers to write dark tales and scary stories. Here we list but a few recommendations for scary books from Australia. If you would like to make a recommendation for the list, please do so here:





Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur

MageSign by Alan Baxter

RealmShift by Alan Baxter

The Corpse Rat King by Lee Battersby

The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby

Red Queen by Honey Brown

Souls Along The Meridian by Bill Congreve

Clowns at Midnight by Terry Dowling

The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott

After the World: Gravesend by Jason Fischer

Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart

The Opposite of Life by Narrelle M Harris

The Shadowfae Chronicles by Erica Hayes

The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin

Death Works series by Trent Jamieson

Storyman by Victor Kelleher

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Carnies by Martin Livings

Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott

Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott

Salvage by Jason Nahrung

The Darkness Within by Jason Nahrung

Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara

The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren

Slights by Kaaron Warren

Walking the Tree by Kaaron Warren

Grimoire by Kim Wilkins

The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins

The Infernal by Kim Wilkins

The Resurrectionists by Kim Wilkins

In the Winter Dark by Tim Winton

809 Jacob Street by Marty Young




Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror series

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton

A Book Of Endings by Deborah Biancotti

Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears edited by Angela Challis and Dr Marty Young

Vaudeville and Other Nightmares by Greg Chapman

Basic Black by Terry Dowling

Dead Red Heart edited by Russell B Farr

Striking Fire by Dirk Flinthart

Slice of Life by Paul Haines

The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines

Nightsiders by Sue Isle

Cherry Crow Children by Deborah Kalin

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

Caution: contains small parts by Kirstyn McDermott

Hoffman’s Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales by Cameron Trost

Dead Sea Fruit by Kaaron Warren

The Grinding House by Kaaron Warren

Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren

Insert Title Here edited by Tehani Wessely

In Your Face edited by Tehani Wessely




The After Dark series

Burnt Snow by Van Badham

Shift by Em Bailey

Riddle Gully series by Jen Banyard (younger readers)

In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker

Magrit by Lee Battersby (middle grade)

The Ghost of Annabelle Spoon by Aaron Blabey (picture book)

The Eerie series by S. Carey (younger readers)

Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng and Sarah Davis (picture book)

The Hair-Raisers series by Margaret Clarke and Lee Striker

Caleb by Gary Crew

Force of Evil by Gary Crew

Gothic Hospital by Gary Crew

Mystery of Eilean Mor by Gary Crew

The Viewer by Gary Crew

The Watertower by Gary Crew (picture book)

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eager

The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth

The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Gold

Guardians of the Dead by Karen Healey

The Shattering by Karen Healey

The Shades series by Robert Hood

Day Boy by Trent Jamieson

The Nest by Paul Jennings

Allie’s Ghost Hunters series by Catherine Jinks

Yellowcake (collection) by Margo Lanagan

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (older readers)

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (older readers)

The Life of a Teenage Body Snatcher by Doug Macleod

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan (picture book)

Halloween in Christmas Hills: the legend of Stingy Jack by Karen Tayleur and Heath McKenzie

The Broken Lands trilogy by Sean Williams

Vampyre by Margaret Wild and Andrew Yeo (picture book)




“Wives” by Paul Haines (in the anthology X6 and reprinted in In Your Face)

“Siren Beat” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (in the Twelfth Planet Press novella double Roadkill/Siren Beat)

The Company Articles of Edward Teach/The Angaelien Apocalypse by Thoraiya Dyer/Matthew Chrulew

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