We all like a good scare from time to time, but admittedly, I like the kind that I can switch off when I want. You know. You’re watching a haunting flick, the scene grows still, the ax is about to drop, and then suddenly…Yup, it’s time for popcorn. I’ll gladly grab the snacks.
Just another reason I love books, I can literally take a moment to catch my breath. Nothing freaks me out more than the unexpected and unexplained. How about you? What scares you? We all have our shudder-worthy reads that scare the bejeebers out of us. Here are a few of my favorites:
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. This book has it all, hauntings, mysteries, history, the “veil” and communication beyond the grave. Tweens, teens, adults and all who enjoy a story that could” actually manifest” into reality will enjoy this thrilling read.
Don’t Scream: 60 Tales to Terrify by Blair Daniels. Somewhere buried in this little gem of a book is a story that will frighten you as much as the cover does. Kind of like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Daniels has presented a collection that hits all the scare triggers and hopefully will never be banned.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that every time the topic of scary books come up, I toss out this title. Okay, it’s less about scary and more about crime, but let me tell you why it scares the bejeebers out of me. And here’s why. We had to read the book and watch this movie in my sixth grade literature class! Seriously! I didn’t sleep for a week. Thankfully, times have changed but this will always be on my super scary list of books.
Pet Semetery by Stephen King. Is there anyone out there that isn’t freaked out by Stephen King books? He’s “king” of the genre and each one of his books has its own little following of fans for different reasons. As a huge animal lover, I could say this one hit home for me.
Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #1) by Maggie Stiefvater. Less scarier than the aforementioned books, but engrossing in it’s own right. This has the mystery, romance, Twilight-ish, elements all rolled into one and is probably on every young adults bookshelf for a scary-good read.
Woman in Black by Susan Nill. This was one of this books I was introduced to audibly. I was in the car driving and caught myself white knuckling it a few times. Any book, or movie, that includes past lives, souls not properly interned, or residual hauntings are ultra scary. I think because it’s all unknown and probably not so outlandish of and idea. That adds the extra element of fear. I also liked the movie adaption, but have to say the book is much better (and scarier).