Weekend Ramblings: The Halloween Edition
My vision for this blog has always been all about the reviews, but I thought every once in awhile I should throw in some “bonus” content of sorts in the form of these Weekend Ramblings in which I ramble about whatever happens to be on my book-obsessed mind over the week. I’m not promising one every weekend, but thought it might be fun to try out every once in awhile.
THE TOP TEN SCARIEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ
I’ll begin by admitting that I don’t read a lot of horror novels. I really have to be in the right mood for a scary story, and since I often read before bed, I tend to avoid books that might give me nightmares. As such, there’s a lack of true horror novels in my list, and I’m sure other sources may come up with better titles that are much more terrifying, but what can I say? I’m kind of a wimp.
In no particular order….
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Crooked Man in this book terrified me, and rightfully so. This was my first exposure to dark retellings of classic fairy tales, and it’s one that’s stuck in my memory, though it’s been years since I’ve read it.
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
I had to read this short story in college, and actually had to do some Googling to come up with its name because the only thing I remembered about it was the very end, the creepy discovery the townspeople make in Emily’s bedroom after her death.
The Shining by Stephen King
I had seen the movie before reading the book (breaking one of my own reading rules), so I think I wasn’t quite as scared as I should have been, basically because I already knew what was going to happen.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
The “ghost stories” told in these books were only slightly disturbing, but man, oh, man, the illustrations were enough to give any poor kid nightmares.
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
This first book of the Graveyard Queen series appealed to me for its information about cemeteries, but at the same time totally freaked me out, not only for the creepy paranormal goings-on, but also for the even more creepy things that real people did to each other.
Agree with my choices? Want to share your all-time scariest books? I’d love to hear your thoughts!