I know so many people love this holiday, and I certainly do as well. I don’t usually celebrate it with reading though, as this is the night for partying, dancing, and howling at the moon… 😉 But I do still think we have an ample enough selection of freakishly delightful tales for this most haunted of nights.
Soooooo….! Here’s a list of great reads for this day. These are all personal recommendations, and as such I’ve read them all at some point and time in my life, and loved them all dearly.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, I give you:
1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Every list needs a good haunted house story, and one where the reader can actually FEEL like the walls are closing in on them as they read? EVEN BETTER. This book is not only stunningly written, but boasting ab-so-lute-ly stunning typography within, as well.
2. The Scary Stories Treasury (Scary Stories #1-3) by Alvin Schwartz
Who here HASN’T read this book? Anyone? If you are raising your hand, we can’t be friends anymore. Please exit the building. XD The only excuses I can accept for this would be:
(1) you hate scary books and this one was enough to make you wet your pants, or
(2) this is HONESTLY the first time you’re hearing of it. Then I will be HORRIFIED, but gladly accept your excuse, only if you GO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! 8D
3. Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
A true favorite from years gone by. A really twisted vampire tale that is not as much horror, as it is just purely warped and a little on the fucked-up side. But then again, this is early-Brite we’re talking about here.
4. It by Stephen King
Probably the most terrifying book of my childhood. Psycho, killer clowns coming after children? What could POSSIBLY scare me more than that? T___T (Damn good book though!)
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
There’s something to be said by a title that LITERALLY tells you something horrible is going to happen. Couple that with BRADBURY. RAY freakin’ BRADBURY, and you have yourself a real treat. This one has easily been labeled as “quasi-horror,” “semi-horror,” and “dark fantasy,” so for those that aren’t so fond of TRUE HORROR, this book might be more suited for you. However, I really think you have to keep in mind that this shit is happening to 13 YEAR OLDS.
That, alone, should be enough to scare anyone.
6. Companions of the Night by Vivian Van Velde
Another favorite from my yester-years (no, I’m not THAT OLD…. I just feel it sometimes). Vampires. BEFORE THEY SPARKLED. I think blogger Katie MacGregor summed up the book quite nicely, in the most fantastic review. Remember this IS a YA book, so… y’know. If that isn’t your thing….
(Still read the damned book! It’s amazing. Operation “Rescue Your Adorable Little Brother’s Teddybear From The Laundromat” turns “OH MY GOD ARE THEY KIDNAPPING AND KILLING THAT BOY WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?!” What’s not to love?)
Also good for the non-horror fan that would just like to feel a little in the mode of creepy, horror, and the macabre.
7. Horns by Joe Hill
For those of you who don’t know this is being MADE INTO A MOVIE featuring Daniel Radcliffe:
This guy named Ig (short for Ignatius) is the only suspect for the brutal rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin. All leads point to him — except he didn’t do it. And though Ig is never charged or tried, he is also never cleared of charges either. Desperate to get out of his own personal hell and find the truth, Ig goes on the hunt for the one who actually DID kill his most dearly departed.
It all seems like your typical mystery-thriller story except—oh yeah—one day horns start growing out of Ig’s head and he’s suddenly developed the ability to compel people to do just about anything he says.
Let’s see what secrets this small town has to offer.
(This should be interesting. 😈 )
8. The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Now, we can’t have a list of creepy, disturbing horror stories without a little Poe, That would be like an ice cream truck with no ice cream. Or a murder scene without a body. (WHERE IS THE POE–I mean BODY?!)
9. (Let Me In) Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Yes, another vampire story. But this one… gets weird. Many of you might have seen the movie, but I assure you, it’s nothing in comparison. Dark, twisted, scary and a touch of wow-no-I’m-okay-never-reading-this-again, Lindqvist mixes up your not-so-ordinary vampire horror story with touches of pedophilia, freaky children, bullying, castration, and oddly enough… love. You’ll remember, after this one, to be wary of who you let into your house…
10. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
You can’t get much scarier than that cover and this title combined. I mean, you’re all asking, “What sort of f*cked up sh*t could come out of this,” right? My answer? REALLY GOOD SHIT, THAT’S WHAT.
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