Now with Halloween just over two weeks away I though I’d do a recommended reads post on the best books to scare the pants off you in preparation for the season of scares.
- It by Stephen King – To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults,
knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . . The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
2. Say her name by James Dawson – Now this is a really spooky twists on Bloody Mary. Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before…
3. Desert Places by Blake Crouch – Please keep the light on tonight. What happens next
will scare you. Guaranteed. In one of the most chilling debuts of the year, Blake Crouch tells a tale that shatters the boundaries of fear. Caution: You’ve Been Warned–Read at Your Own Risk! Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can’t get away. An edge-of-your-seat thriller, Desert Places, introduces the American public to a new suspense writer who will be scaring us all for years to come.
4. Hellsing Volume 1 by Kohta Hirano – There’s a secret organization somewhere in
England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it’s hard to believe in this day and age… but really, isn’t this the true age of monsters? Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and… er… equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls, and the like take on these dark forces. “What equipment?” you may say. How about another vampire, and a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets?
5. Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – FBI trainee Clarice Starling walks down the
state asylum’s deepest keep, through the moans and whispers of the criminally insane. She is here to meet the monster in the final cell. He knows she is coming. She finds Dr Lecter reading the Italian Vogue. He looks up, looks into her. His gaze seems to pulse in her head, but she is only hearing her heartbeat. He listens to it too. MEET HANNIBAL LECTER