Halloween is only a couple weeks away! Why not get into the spirit of things by curling up with a terrifying but satisfying read. Scary books can come in a variety of different forms, whether it be Horror, Science Fiction, or Non-Fiction. These books build a lasting and sustained level of terror, that can stay with you long after you’ve finished the final page. The power of any well written book is that is can transport you into the pages and in these cases horrify you beyond reason. So, here are some reads that can be guaranteed to give you the shivers:
1. Stephen King
As the “King of Horror”, Stephen King’s horror fiction is guaranteed to bring the scare factor. Although, King also writes other genres such as fantasy, mystery, literary, and short stories (Ah, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption anyone?), he is most known for his creepier works. He has an ability to create truly horrifying characters and atmospheres that challenge our psyche. So, check out his, arguably, most terrifying reads with “Carrie”, “The Shinning”, or “IT” and then go watch the movies!
If the “scaring the daylights out of you” horror is not really what you want, why not try some classics that still bring the creep without all the gore (AND the crying + therapy). These horror classics have an appeal that has lasted through the times. Frankenstein is an originating example of science fiction horror with added elements of Gothic fiction and Romance. Along the same lines, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” may not be considered as truly frightening anymore, it is still a classic offering of a more tamed, spine chilling read.
3. Science Fiction
Sci-Fi can also be terrifying to read. Science fiction authors can create chilling worlds that confront our perceptions of reality. Joe Hill (real name Joseph Hillstrom King) is the son of Stephen King, so you know that horror is in his genes. With “The Fireman” he creates an apocalyptic world that is full of both suspense and horror. As for Max Brooks’ gruesome apocalyptic novel “World War Z”, zombies are the main source of terror.
If your too scared to read about made up monsters, but are completely okay with things that actually happened, try some non fiction reads. Both “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote and “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larsen recount true horrors of actual murders that occurred in the past. Plus, Larsen’s novel is currently being adapted into film by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio.