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10 Horror Stories Based on Real LifeOctober means many things to many people: spicy pumpkin lattes, beautiful autumnal vistas, cozy sweater weather, and — to the readers amongst us — horror stories. We’ve made some recommendations in the past on how to get your scare on, but what about the horror stories that aren’t so fantastical? What about those particular stories that have their genesis in the scariest place around: the real world? We’ve collected 10 horror stories based on real life events to change your attitude from chill to chilled.

The Stranger Beside MeThe Stranger Beside Me
by Ann Rule
  ISBN 1416559590
The Stranger Beside Me chronicles the author’s role as crime reporter on the hunt for one of the most prolific serial killers in America, and her creeping realization that her sensitive coworker, Ted Bundy, was the killer hiding in their midst all along.

Suspicions of Mr. WhicherThe Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
by Kate Summerscale
  ISBN 080271742X
In 1860, the shocking murder of a toddler led to England’s obsession with crime detectives. But when Scotland Yard’s best man suspects the child was murdered by someone in his upper-class family, can he uncover sufficient evidence before his career is destroyed?

The GirlsThe Girls
by Emma Cline
  ISBN 0812988027
Set in California in the late 60s, Evie Boyd is a 14-year old infatuated with the freedom and danger of a group of older girls. Drawn into their circle, she becomes enthralled with their cult and its charismatic leader. Based on the crimes of the Manson Family, The Girls tells the story of how infatuation can lead to a moment in life where everything goes horribly wrong.

There Is No Lovely EndThere Is No Lovely End
by Patty Templeton
  ISBN 0692231242
In real life, heiress Sarah Winchester was haunted by the guilt that her fortune was made from the blood-money earned from her late husband’s most infamous invention; the Winchester Rifle. In There is No Lovely End, author Patty Templeton reimagines her story with a more literal interpretation of the word “haunted”, with restless spirits, acclaimed mediums, hunted Reverends and a mysteriously profane curio box.

The DemonologistThe Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren
by Gerald Brittle
  ISBN 193516922X
You might know of the William’s investigations into the occult through movies such as The Conjuring, Annabelle, and The Nun. New York Times bestselling The Demonologist reveals what decades of experience has taught them about what actually goes on in haunted houses. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down.

Twins: Dead RingersTwins: Dead Ringers
by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland
  ISBN 0595179274
Michael and David are identical twin gynecologists, both handsome and successful, one ruthless and aggressive. Their obsession with each other — and with the woman they secretly share — slowly drives them insane.

Devil in the White: City Murder Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaThe Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
   ISBN 0375725601
The Devil in the White City intertwines the tale of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind Chicago’s 1893 World's Fair, and H.H. Holmes, one of the first serial killers in America. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, the story is both horrifically true and incredibly fascinating.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt
  ISBN 0679751521
Set in Savannah, Georgia during the 1980s, the book focuses on the murder of local male prostitute by a respected antiques dealer. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Equal parts eerie and engrossing, this true tale of murder and lust is ideal for fans of the Southern Gothic subgenre.

The Monster of FlorenceThe Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi
  ISBN 1455573825
The Monster of Florence centers on the true story of a mysterious and brutal serial killer that murdered couples between 1968 and 1985. In a stunning turn of events, the two authors soon became the subject of a police investigation themselves as they worked to identify the killer, with one jailed and accused of being the Monster of Florence himself.

See What I Have DoneSee What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt
  ISBN 0802128130
We all know a bit of the story of Lizzie Borden and her deadly axe, but See What I Have Done reframes what we think we know of the infamous murders and gives a closer look at a dysfunctional family from four different perspectives, including Lizzie herself. Step inside the Borden house and decide for yourself the truth of the murders.

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