Well folks, it’s only a few days before Halloween, and if you are anything like me, then I’m sure you’ve started curling up with your favourite horror dvds and novels. After all, what better time of the year is there to scare yourself silly? For those of you who haven’t noticed the fact that Halloween is just around the corner until now, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered! Here is my list of books to scare your pants off this Halloween!
1. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Whether or not you’ve seen the movie already, Rosemary’s Baby is AMAZING! When Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into a new apartment, they initially think that their neighbours are just an old and lonely couple with eccentric habits. When Rosemary finds herself pregnant, however, the odd behaviour of the apartment’s residents becomes increasingly alarming. This book had me biting my finger nails as I tried to find out whether or not Rosemary would escape!
2. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Really, you can’t go wrong with any Stephen King book at Halloween! Most people tend to list The Shining as their go-to book around this time of year, but I’ve decided to be different and pick Salem’s Lot instead (after all, The Shining actually takes place around Christmas). While I haven’t actually read Salem’s Lot (I just brought it home yesterday), the plot sounds exceptionally creepy! The story focuses on a small town that has become plagued by vampires. These are not the nice, sparkly vampires that teens have come to know and love, but the ruthless, predatory kind. I can’t wait to start reading it!
3. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
If you’ve ever read Shirley Jackson’s famous short story “The Lottery” then you know that this author has a way of using words that puts a chill down your spine. The Haunting of Hill House is no exception. The story follows four paranormal and occult enthusiasts as they explore claims of a supernatural haunting at a place known as Hill House. A fantastic gothic tale that will have you sleeping with your lights on.
4. Horns by Joe Hill
I reviewed this book on my blog earlier this week. Horns filled me with disgust, horror and anger, not to mention some tears as well. Horns tells the story of Ig, a young man who wakes up one morning to discover that horns have sprouted from his head. Everyone who looks at these horns find themselves unwittingly spilling all of their deepest and darkest desires and secrets to Ig wherever he goes. While Ig is initially terrified by these mysterious horns, he uses them to his advantage, by hunting down the killer of his murdered girlfriend. It shouldn’t surprise readers to discover that Joe Hill is actually the son of Stephen King!
5. The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
While The Monk is actually considered a gothic work of fiction rather than horror, it still gave me the creeps when I read it! The story focuses on a monk named Ambrosio as he falls deeper and deeper into sin and depravity. Sorcery, murder, incest, torture, this book has just about everything in it (except vampires). It was turned into a movie this past spring, and I think the trailer does a good job of showing a glimpse of how dark and disturbing the book can be.
6. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Of course no Halloween list would be complete without The Exorcist! I’ve yet to read the book or see the movie because anything to do with exorcisms or demon possession terrifies the absolute living daylights out of me! I have it on good authority from other readers though that this book is worth the fright!
Well, here are my 6 picks for books to creep you out this Halloween season. Of course there are plenty more where these came from! What books scare your pants off?