10 Creepy Romances To Read This Fall, Because Dating Can Be Pretty Horrifying Sometimes

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I know that this will come as a shock to you all, and that I am quite possibly the first person to make this observation, but dating? Not always so great. Yes, sure, there are many people who seem to waltz through life in a haze of healthy, supportive romantic relationships and Instagram likes. And we wish them all the very best. But for the rest of us living goblins, finding another human person who we actually like, and who actually likes us in return (and who is not a jerk/cheater/many-tentacled monster) can be a bit of a challenge. Believe me, I’ve been there. So here are a few romance novels that range from dark to downright creepy, because dating can be a bit of a horror show.

Of course, the relationships portrayed in these books are (for the most part) not great examples to follow in real life. In actuality, you probably shouldn’t date your boss who keeps his first wife locked in the attic. You should maybe think twice before becoming involved with ghosts, vampires, or serial killers. And under no circumstances should you accept the proposal of that guy who lives under the opera house, no matter how many times he kidnaps you.

But, even if these romances wouldn’t be quite so great in real life, these books all make for a creepy, romantic thrill:

1‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ by Laini Taylor

Black hand prints begin appearing on doorways all across the world. A dusty old shop is running low on human teeth. And Karou, a young art student, spends her time sketching monsters and disappearing on strange “errands” that even she may not fully understand. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a strange sort of love story between an “angel” and a “demon,” but Laini Taylor manages to bring something entirely new to the genre of otherworldly romance.

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