for the love of Halloween.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I love Halloween. This year, my friends and I are all dressing up and celebrating this fun "holiday" together. Here on the blog, I decided to celebrate it by putting up a list of just some of, in my opinion, the best scary/horror/thrilling reads. I'm a huge chicken; I get scared so easily, but I have to admit, a good horror story here and there is just plain exciting. That may be weird now that I think about it.... Anyway, here are just some of the books that I actually did read (unfortunately) Let's just say that after reading these, I pretty much said goodbye to sleep for a couple of nights after..

the Shining by Stephen King
- Gah. This is the book that made me fear hotels and elevators.. not to mention, creepy looking kids.

the Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- need I say more?

the Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
- I have to admit, the movie scared me a whole lot more than the book did, but needless to say, this still scared me so much! I read this when I was around 13 or so and I went to my grandparents' house. They had this book on one of the shelves, and for some reason, I just felt the need to torture myself with its horror. Bad idea.

the Hell bound Heart by Clive Barker
- Have you ever seen the 1987 movie, Hellraiser? Yeah, this is the book its based on. Enough said.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
- This to me is the ultimate 'vampire' book. I was about 15 when I read this, having liked the movie. There's just something creepy about this one for sure.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King
- This book is so underrated. It is probably one of my favorites from Stephen King, and I feel like not a lot of people give it much credit. I recommend this one if you really do like horror. It's a wonderful (err horrific) read.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- This isn't exactly in the horror genre, but in my opinion, the idea is still pretty scary.


What are some of your favorite scary novels? They don't have to be horror, but just something that really scared you? And of course, happy Halloween!! :)


  1. Pet symmetry is on my TBR list!! Glad that u have a great Halloween...=)

  2. I've read and loved all these. Right now I'm reading "The Dark Path" by Stephen M. Irwin. It's supposed to be on the same level as King's "It". The writing is amazing so far. (Hugs)Indigo

  3. I've read and enjoyed all but the Clive Barker but I did see the movie. I don't read or watch horror anymore because I just get too creeped out-- but I have been tempted to dabble again-- maybe a reread of something would be safe.

    funny, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles is my favorite vampire series but I never considered them creepy or horror-- more like one long epic novel that just happens to be about vampires.

  4. I thought of making a similar post! Great recommendations! :)

  5. +JMJ+

    I just finished Stephen King's Christine and was honestly, deeply spooked. =S If you had told me, before I started reading it, that I'd be scared of a car, I would have laughed at you. And in that case, you'd have the last laugh.

    These days, when I'm with someone who says something unflattering about someone else's car, I say, "Keep it down! You never know if that's another Christine!"


    I'd also like to get around to Pet Sematary soon. It wasn't available the last time I was at the bookstore. The Shining was, but my memories of the Kubrick film are still too fresh. I'd like them to fade a little more before reading the book.

  6. cj - thank you! happy halloween!

    Indigo - I have never heard of that book before. Maybe I'll check it out :) Thanks for bringing that up!

    Lesa - I have a very overactive imagination and get scared so easily my mom always wonders why I love horror so much :/ I have to admit, it is a bit odd. Hell raiser the movie sure scared me! Actually, one of my friends is going to wear a mask of the lead character and I'm sure I won't be able to look at him the entire night! haha!

    Julie P - Yes, it completely terrified me!

    holly - thank you! I would love to read yours when you put it up :)

    E - Ah, The Shining movie is pretty darn scary too, I have to say. I have not read Christine though! Do you recommend?

  7. +JMJ+

    Yes, I recommend Christine!!! =D If only for the characters. When I think of Stephen King's skill at creating them, the phrase that comes to mind is "ex nihilo," for he really seems to make them out of nothing . . . and yet they're so freaking real.

    Most of Christine is narrated by the character Dennis Guilder, and when I was done reading, I felt so sad that Dennis wasn't real and that I couldn't write to him and tell him how moved I was by his story. Perhaps I should have written to King himself, but it was Dennis who was real to me. (I hope that doesn't sound too weird!)