Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! I always go all out with decorating and when my kids were younger we did elaborate parties with all kinds of spooky treats. So today as treat for both you and me, I thought I’d share my favorite scary books–the ones you can’t put down and then have to leave the lights on because of!
Probably the first scary story I remember reading was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and let me tell you–Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman scared the crap out of me as a child! But it’s so delicious to be scared, isn’t it? I guess that began my love affair with the horror genre.
These are in no particular order–I’ve loved reading them all–except I am saving my absolute favorite for last. (And I have tried not to make this a promotional event for Stephen King, but he is my number 1 horror author.)
The Masque of the Red Death. I found this story wonderfully scary at a very young age. I was always fascinated by Medieval history and the Black Death and I bet it stems from reading this Edgar Allen Poe masterpiece.
Endless Night. One of the Agatha Christie books I devoured as a teenager that really creeped me out. Not a mystery so much as a chilling tale. Brrr. Even the title is spooky.
The Lottery. Can’t remember when I first read this Shirley Jackson classic story. The one lottery you don’t want to win. And such an indictment of human nature. Shivering as I type.
The Exorcist. Yes, I saw the movie (this one makes that list too), but I read the book afterward and it scared the beejesus out of me too. More on that tomorrow.
Midnight. This was the second Dean Koontz book I ever read, and while it’s not particularly frightening, the transformations are eerie enough to make me think of Halloween. The plucky little girl is also my favorite Dean Koontz heroine. I so wanted to be her! She rocked!
The Mist. NOT the movie, but the novella. Great scary stuff. The movie was just depressing and the novella does not end that way. You really should read it. I always imagined it taking place in my hometown supermarket, which had a huge plate-glass front. And to this day seeing fog un-nerves me.
The Stand. Probably the second Stephen King novel I ever read. I picked it up to read on vacation and promptly came down with a cold while reading it! Boy, was I ever creeped out. I’ve since read the expanded version as well and loved the made-for-TV movie (well done for a Stephen King). A definite fave. 🙂
The Shining. The book was so much more frightening than the Jack Nicholson movie. I remember the ending (again, not exactly like the movie) that chilled me so much I had to put the book down–as if the evil would come through the pages and infect me! Definite daytime read. 🙂
And my absolute Favorite Scary Book–It by Stephen King. Love, love, love the characters and their interaction. Those were the kind of friends I wish I’d had growing up. But without the clown or the spider (always imagined it to be like the queen in Aliens!).
So those are my favorite scary reads for this Halloween! I’d love to know what your favorite scary book is. Leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of E. Ayers’ Halloween Treat A Skeleton at Her Door. Happy Hauntings!