We cover science fiction, fantasy, and horror for the most part, and it just so happens that these are some of the most appealing genres come autumn. This is a time of year when many people like to curl up inside with a book as the weather grows colder. Additionally, with shortening and darkening days, falling leaves, and (depending on where you may live) the Halloween holiday approaching, people tend to be drawn to particularly fantastic tales. The atmosphere of the season lends itself to those very genres listed above.

Bearing that in mind, there are a few titles that might be particularly appealing to readers this fall.

It by Stephen King

It is a beast of a novel, but some would consider it the gold standard of modern horror literature. It’s certainly one of the crowning achievements of prolific author Stephen King, and though it has terrified generations, it’s something a lot of people want to read at one point or another. The fall of 2017 is a particularly good time to give It a shot given that a major film adaptation just came out to rave reviews. A critic with the New Republic called it a study in trauma to match the best of them, which ought to intrigue those who like this sort of thing. But as we all know, reading the book first is usually the best course of action.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

British author David Mitchell is known for dense plots and complex psychological mind-teasers, and both are at hand in The Bone Clocks. It’s not a short novel, but it’s a simpler read than some of his others, and it magically blends fantasy, a touch of horror, and general weirdness. This is the kind of novel that seems to come to life around you, such that you can lose yourself in its settings and imagine that you see its characters acting out scenes. Another plus of reading The Bone Clocks during the autumn season is that it follows directly into Slade House, a sort of ghost story novella also by Mitchell.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

This 1897 horror novella by H.G. Wells seems to be getting more relevant by the month. First, a video game based on the story emerged online, licensed by Universal (which owned the film rights for the story). The game is a slot reel promising players they can join the mad scientist as he evades the police (all revolving around the slots of course). Following the game’s emergence, we learned that Universal would be working on a new cinematic adaptation of the story, with Johnny Depp in the title role. Particularly with the movie coming up, now is the time to dive into this older horror tale, about a crazed scientist who turns himself transparent.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian is by no means a horror story (unless the idea of being stranded on Mars freaks you out, which would be very understandable). But it’s one of the better science fiction stories to emerge in recent years – even if it’s presented more like regular science. It’s a good, quick read at any point, but a particularly good one this fall given that Weir has a new novel on the way. It’s called Artemis and it will concern events surrounding the first-and-only city on the moon. It should be another fascinating, perhaps vaguely spooky tale.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany

This is another lighter read, but if you’re interested in fantasy and you don’t mind a young adult angle, this latest Harry Potter story is a wonderful fall read. It’s a little bit different in that it’s actually a theater script arranged in novel form. But for any fan of the greater Potter franchise, it’s a must-read, as it continues the previously unexplored saga of Harry and his son Albus.

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