Everyone pitched in over at The Broke and the Bookish for this weeks topic, Top Ten Books to Get into the Halloween Spirit. I tried really hard to not pick the same old stuff I always do, but some just have to stay. So in no particular order here are things to send the chills up your spine this Hallowe’en season.
Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill – Let’s start with a ghost story. Joe Hill has his father’s flair for storytelling with a better ability to end a story. And this one is a doozy.
The Passage, by Justin Cronin – Now how about a vampire novel? But not like any other vampire novel you have read and that is saying a lot in a genre which has exploded in the past few years. I haven’t read the followup yet but this was a book which I read all 879 pages in less than a week.
World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, by Max Brooks – Ghosts and vampires and Zombies, oh my! One of the first zombie books I read. Still one of the best. I hear there is going to be a movie. It will not be good. Read this instead.
It, by Stephen King – This only requires this:
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – I didn’t sleep for days. I read this in about 8th grade, in math class. When I got caught and asked to explain myself I told the teacher it was too scary to read at night when it was dark and math class was as far away from dark as I could get. She was not sympathetic.
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury – I have never understood the pretty light blue cover of this book, unless they are trying to lull you into a false sense of peace and serenity, which you will need after reading it. Repeat after me serenity now, serenity now.
Complete Stories and Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe – It is beginning to look like I think that every list ever must have either Neil Gaiman or Edgar Allan Poe on it. And you know what? I am OK with that.
The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James – Before you watch the million or so movies that have rifted on this theme read this and be more scared.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving – I love this story. And while I do love Johnny Depp’s “Ichabod Crane as a girl detective” the story found here is quite different.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, by Stephen Gammell – And finally, one to remind you what scared you when you were young.