Are you looking for books set in Salem and the best books about the Salem Witch Trials? Find classic books set in Salem, MA along with novels for adults and teens about the Salem Witch Trials. You might even find some magical cupcakes…
Living in New England in the fall is pretty much the best. The foliage is magnificent, and the pumpkins and cinnamon cider donuts are endless. Even in my 30’s, I still love corn mazes and apple picking.
Because I grew up in Connecticut, I would head to Salem, Massachusetts around Halloween for the haunted bed and breakfasts, stories of pirates, and of course, to sate my fascination with women in history (and witches).
Witches, y’all. I love witches.
What could be better to get in the wickedly witchy spirit than reading about books set in Salem? And you cannot have a Salem book list without mentioning novels about the Salem Witch Trials, both fiction and nonfiction.
Although I am a New England donut-eating and cider-drinking goddess, I decided to consult a creepy expert. Dark and spooky tourism specialist, Crystal of Wandering Crystal, certainly knows the best books about Salem. Having just returned from Salem, I know you’ll love Crystal’s diverse selection, including her recommended Salem Witch Trials novels paired with her recent travel experiences.
Find Crystal’s suggestions marked at the end of each summary with **. I added in a few of my own Salem book recommendations too.
Books Set in Salem
The witch city of Salem has a rich history, from the infamous Salem Witch Trials to hordes of pirates taking over ports across decades. The harsh New England winters combined with the tragic real-life tales of the Salem Witch Trials created the perfect foundation for the best novels about Salem and the Salem Witch Trials. ~Crystal, Wandering Crystal
Classic Books Set In Salem, MA
One of the best books set in Salem is The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It tells the haunting story of a feud between two families cursed as the result of the Pyncheon family building the house on stolen land.
Throughout the story, there’s a gloomy atmosphere and many peculiar people. There are all kinds of spooky goings-on within the walls of the seemingly haunted house. The mysterious Clifford Pyncheon is usually heard before he’s seen and moves through the house as though there are secret passageways only he knows about.
You can visit The House of the Seven Gables in Salem. Walk through the mysterious hidden stairway behind the fireplace and pretend you are a part of the story. ** Read More About The House Of The Seven Gables book here→
You’ll find another classic and Salem Witch Trials novel, The Crucible, below.
Fiction Books Set In Salem
Wicked Appetite is filled with humor, mystery, and cupcakes — it’s one of the best fiction books set in Salem. The story follows pastry chef Elizabeth Tucker and her co-worker Gloria Binkly, a wannabe witch on a quest to find stones that hold the seven deadly sins.
As you follow Elizabeth, it’s clear to see that gluttony and cupcakes go hand in hand. A great Salem book that made me crave nothing but cupcakes! **
Best Books About The Salem Witch Trials
You cannot have a Salem books list without talking about the Salem Witch Trials. A few classic Salem Witch Trial books are left off, such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond, since they are set out of Salem.
Books About Salem Witch Trials: Fiction & Classics
The Crucible is one of the first novels about the Salem Witch Trials that I read. The play follows the life of Abigail Williams, a Puritan girl who lives in Salem in 1692.
Perfect for getting a feel for how utterly hysterical Salem was during the witch trials, this screenplay pulls you in and makes you feel like you could be Judge Corwin who once lived in The Witch House, sitting in the courtroom as accusations fly. ** Read More About The Crucible→
Books About The Salem Witch Trials Read In High School
I don’t know about you, but I read The Crucible in high school since the play is a classic book about the Salem Witch Trials. Similarly, the girls at St. Joan’s Academy are plowing through Miller’s plot when unexplained and strange things start happening.
Tics, seizures, and hair loss start plaguing the school, causing rumors, accusations, and of course, mass panic.
Sound familiar? Grab a copy to find out what is happening at this school.
P.S. Technically Conversion is not a true book set in Salem–but the school is down the road in Danvers, MA. It’s 15 minutes away…cut me some slack…it’s also home to the start of the Salem witch hysteria. Read More About Conversion→
If you are looking for books set in Salem for middle-grade students, A Break With Charity will appeal to younger readers.
Of course, whenever a gaggle of girls meets, they are accused of mischevious, witchy deeds.
Susanna so badly wants to be a part of this group of girls at the parsonage. However, in order to stop the witch hysteria, she must decide if she wants to ‘break charity’ as a witness in the Salem Witch Trials. What matters more and who should she save? Her friends and family are in danger.
Step back in time and experience life as it was during the Salem Witch Trials with The Heretic’s Daughter, a story which transports you inside the hysteria which consumed the city.
One of the most intense witch trial novels, The Heretic’s Daughter follows the story of the Carrier family and how mother and daughter have to stand together while being accused of witchcraft. What is it like being the daughter of an accused witch?
Sarah Carrier takes you with her through the merciless world of Salem during the witch trials to show you.**
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane takes you on an adventure exploring an abandoned house. This book set in Salem details a family’s history to reveal its many mysterious secrets.
Follow Connie Goodwin on her journey as she discovers a book of spells in her Grandmother’s old, abandoned house in Salem. What secrets will she uncover about Deliverance Dane? How deep is her family’s involvement in the sordid witch trials in Salem?**
Books About The Salem Witch Trials: Nonfiction
If you’re looking for nonfiction books about the Salem Witch Trials, Roach’s book sheds light on the events that took place during that terrible time.
The book offers a day by day recollection of the Salem townsfolk as they jumped into madness and panic. I found The Salem Witch Trials: A Day by Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege to be the most comprehensive retrospection of what really occurred during the infamous witch trials.**
On The Uncorked Librarian’s TBR books set in Salem list, I am eyeing The Witches.
A newer publication in 2016, Schiff examines mass hysteria and public anxiety. The Witches book has been described as a fresh perspective and take on the Salem Witch Trials. I am sure these lessons carry through to today’s times.
Schiff is also an infamous historian and Pulitzer Prize winner.
A Note Of Thanks To Our Uncorked, Dark Contributor
**Crystal loves to frighten and enlighten people about dark history. She writes about dark tourism and spooky travels over at wanderingcrystal.com. Thank you so much for contributing to TUL and this books set in Salem book list. Please give her a follow on all social media channels and drop her a comment below.
So What Salem, MA Books Will You Read Next?
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