Close the curtains, turn off the telly, light some candles, and cosy down on the couch with a scary book this Hallowe’en. Why not just ignore the door and eat all the sweets for yourself? Those pesky trick-or-treaters will get plenty from the neighbours, and you’ll need the comfort of those sugary snacks to get you through your creepy novel.
My bookcase is practically bursting at the seams, and the main genre? You guessed it, horror.
When I was in primary school my favourite books to read were Point Horror and Goosebumps. Silly kid stories, but fun and with just enough ghouls and gore to keep me interested.
I then graduated to the master of horror, and my hero, Stephen King. I’m not sure what the first novel of his I read was (maybe Carrie), but i was instantly hooked and am now the proud owner of all his tomes.
If you fancy delving into a terrifying tale this weekend (you should) then here’s a list of ones I highly recommend. Some may not be of the ghosts and monsters variety, but they will disturb you and stay with you long after you’ve closed the book:
- Intensity by Dean Koontz
- Midnight by Dean Koontz
- Dracula by Bram Stoker – the classic gothic tale of the king of vampires, Count Dracula. After English lawyer, Jonathan Harker, arrives at Castle Dracula he discovers the counts horrifying secret. And when Dracula shipwrecks at Whitby it is down to Jonathan and professor Van Helsing to put a stop to him once and for all.
- IT by Stephen King
- The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro
- The Shining by Stephen King
- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – the scariest book/film I have ever read/seen. Regan MacNeil has an invisible friend called Captain Howdy. She met him whilst playing with a Ouija board, but he isn’t a figment of her imagination. He is the demon Pazuzu and he possesses young Regan. Jesuit priests, Fathers Merrin and Karras are her only hope.
- Rats by James Herbert – I reviewed this novel last year in my blog. You can find it in the menu under Book Reviews.
- The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
- We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
- Storm of the Century by Stephen King – a small island off the coast of Main is hit by a very powerful storm, stranding it’s residents. It brings with it a mysterious stranger who demands one of the children or the town will vanish forever.
- The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Carrie by Stephen King
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Books of Blood by Clive Barker – I also reviewed this book last year. It can also by found in the menu
Of course, the list could go on, but for brevity I’ve kept it short. I hope you find something here, or elsewhere, that gives you goosebumps.
If you have a favourite scary novel, please tell me what it is in the comments below.
Happy Hallowe’en x