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


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:

2‘The Phantom of the Opera’ by Gaston Leroux

OK, I’ll admit to being a bit of a Phantom apologist. Yes, the book is a melodramatic gothic horror-romance in which a musically gifted squatter learns the lesson that kidnapping women is not an appropriate way of finding a girlfriend. It’s silly. And more than a little creepy. But if you’re into high drama cheese and masked men in capes, then The Phantom of the Opera is about as classic as it gets.


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