Are You a Fan of Scary Books? Then, You Should Read These
If you are one of those people who prefer the book over the movie and if you believe only words can send chills down your spine, then you are on the right place. This list suggests some hard-to-put-down books that would keep you up at night and would make you check for the monster under your bed. Did you get curious enough?
1 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
The scary stories of the title are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted by Schwartz, while the marvelous Stephen Gammell is responsible for the scary illustrated pictures within the pages. This is one of the best choices for any reader who wants some diversity on Halloween night. If you read it before Halloween you might get an idea for a spooky costume and decoration.
2 Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son but he will never be as great as his father even though with this book he proved that he is capable of writing tales nearly as scary and good as those of his father. With this poltergeist caper about an aging rock star who collects macabre memorabilia Hill manages to offer the reader creepy images that will haunt their minds for a long time.
3 Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James
R. James is king at developing the suspense in his tales of terror. In this book you will creepy, scary short stories that will definitely disturb your sleep for quite a while. Just read this book with the lights on or during day time and you will be fine.
4 Under the Skin by Michel Faber
This book recently became a movie with Scarlet Johansson. The plot revolves around a beautiful woman that is not what she appears to be – She picks up big, muscular male hitchhikers, but what she does with them? Well, let’s just say it will turn you into a vegetarian for at least a month (if not the rest of your life). Just a joke – This would be Hannibal Lecter’s favorite book if he were more than just a fictional character.
5 Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
This book is about amnesia victim suffers from short-term memory loss. As the victim, Christine, spirals into paranoia, the reader wonders if—and why—her husband is not being entirely truthful with her. Without question, Before I Go to Sleep is a suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller relentlessly paced.
6 Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
If you have seen the movie than you probably know what this is all about. But don’t avoid it, it is as good as the movie. Anne Rice manages to deliver the confessions of a vampire in the most realistic and masterful way. Not necessarily scary and horrifying but without a doubt hypnotic, shocking at times, and irresistibly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty, about love and loss and the extraordinary power of the senses.
7 The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
Eleven tales of the supernatural bring to light the author’s interest in the traditional New England ghost story and her fascination with spirits, hauntings, and other phenomena. This is definitely the right book for those who have had the opportunity to watch the BBC adaptations of these stories.
8 Chasing the Dead by Tim Weaver
This book is a road trip back to life, literally. Susan Young’s daughter gets kidnapped and the strange voice on the other end of her telephone line tells her to follow a specific route from her childhood hometown where she has to pick up a dead body that she assumes is the corpse of a man she knows was killed many years before. But, let’s not give away too much, get this book and give yourself a scary treat.
9 Seven Gothic Tales by Karen Blixen
If you are a fan of twentieth-century gothic fiction then this is the right book for you. Isak Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen) amazingly captures the wild power of the imagination and in each of these tales includes suspense, intrigue, violence, and a strong, unconventional woman. The narratives contain many twists and only a careful reading will absorb the full beauty of her language. If you’re a feminist who happens to love the classic gothic stories then this book will make you more than happy.