So Halloween is fast approaching and I thought it appropriate to talk about scary books. I used to read a lot of scary novels back in the day. Age, however, has made me a softy and now I prefer watching them than reading (my imagination I think is far more vivid than movies). But, there’s something about a good scary, thrilling, even gothic novel that is simply divine and appropriate for the season.
As a young teenager I used to read RL Stine, Christopher Pike and Stephen King. There was something wonderful about those books that made sleeping a little bit disturbing, but equally eventful. In anticipation of Halloween, I decided to list some books I read and plan to read that have an element of frightfulness to them.
- The Exorcist. I watched the movie, but reading the book was a totally different experience. Personally, I love a good exorcism story. When I read the book I’ve watched the original exorcist film about two times, but the book was a totally different experience. The detailed description brought my imagination to life and I found myself waking up in the middle of night immediately imagining a little girl crawling on my ceiling.
- The Spirit Quest Chronicles by Tony Perez. This is a local book that chronicles the cases a group of gifted individuals tackled, mostly dealing with the exorcism of haunted places. I like that this is based on true accounts from people’s real-life experiences.
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. While not completely scary, I love the feel of the book, the eeriness it it.
- Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Not necessarily scary in the traditional sense, but it deals with local folklore, monsters and whatnot – providing a nice light read to a scary season.
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I haven’t read this book, but I heard it has enough eeriness to it for a good Halloween reading. It’s currently sitting on my table, but I hope to read it soon.
- In Search of a Distant Voice by Taichi Yamada. Equally eerie and weird that sort of takes the reader on a trip. Imagine hearing a voice calling out to you out of nowhere. See? Scary stuff.
So, this is my list. Of course the classics are still wonderful to get back to such as Dracula, Frankenstein and even a little Edgar Allan Poe. Short stories like The Headless Horseman can also give a little fright. So I’m curious: What’s your go-to scary tale? Any books you’d recommend for those of us who aren’t so afraid to read a good fright? Share your recommendations.