This week’s TTT is a Halloween themed freebie. For my list I am choosing my favorite scary books. These are not all horror reads, but they all gave me the chills.
Top 10 Scary/Creepy Books
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
This one takes places in an asylum for the criminally insane during the 1950’s. Author Lehane sets the atmosphere perfectly. This is more of a psychological thriller than a horror story but I thought both the novel and the film were very good.
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
I could easily say that Pet Sematary is the scariest book I have ever read. Even King says that after he was done writing it he put it away in a drawer for years because he thought he had finally crossed the line. This one merits a re-read, but I have to be brave enough.
The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory by Rebecca Johns
I actually read this book in one day as part of the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon years ago. Set in the 1600’s, this historical thriller chronicles the life of Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory who is said to be the world’s first known female serial killer. It is a work of fiction based on a real life monster. As the Countess narrates, you do not want to believe her version of the gruesome story.
The Shining by Stephen King
It is really no surprise that I could make this entire list all King novels. It took me a while to work the nerve up to finally read The Shining because the movie scared me so much. What really stands out is that The Overlook hotel is its own character here, a menacing presence that these characters cannot escape. Just the thought of Wendy not knowing that her husband was slowly losing his mind was terrifying enough, but that the hotel was haunted just made this the stuff of nightmares.
The Ruins by Scott Smith
A Mexican jungle, a group of friends, ancient ruins… I think you might guess what comes next. Both the film and book are big on the cringe and gore factor and I liked it.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
I have never read a more beautifully written vampire story. Anne Rice just breathes life into these characters and the setting is rich and vivid. I loved the movie too. Perfect casting.
Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke
Taking place on a snowy Christmas morning while a mother and daughter are home alone during a blizzard, this one chilled me to the bone because of the unexpected twist. I thought about it for days after.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a beautifully creepy story. The illustrations in the book just add to it and there is a subtleness about the writing, where you don’t realize you are scared until you turn the lights out for bed later.
The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
I am a big fan of Poe and his macabre writing. I feel like his protagonists are intense and dark and Poe creates a fantastically tense atmosphere. My copy of this book is well read and enjoyed.
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
When I read this one I was really happy to discover that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in regards to Stephen King’s son being able to write a scary story really well.
That is my Top 10 List of Scary Books. I love a good, creepy story. What are some of your favorites?
Thank you for stopping by, enjoy your week and Happy Halloween 🙂
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