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Some Scary Reads for the Halloween

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So Halloween is fast approaching and I thought it appropriate to talk about scary books. I used to read a lot of scary novels back in the day. Age, however, has made me a softy and now I prefer watching them than reading (my imagination I think is far more vivid than movies). But, there’s something about a good scary, thrilling, even gothic novel that is simply divine and appropriate for the season.

As a young teenager I used to read RL Stine, Christopher Pike and Stephen King. There was something wonderful about those books that made sleeping a little bit disturbing, but equally eventful. In anticipation of Halloween, I decided to list some books I read and plan to read that have an element of frightfulness to them.

  1. The Exorcist. I watched the movie, but reading the book was a totally different experience. Personally, I love a good exorcism story. When I read the book I’ve watched the original exorcist film about two times, but the book was a totally different experience. The detailed description brought my imagination to life and I found myself waking up in the middle of night immediately imagining a little girl crawling on my ceiling.
  2. The Spirit Quest Chronicles by Tony Perez. This is a local book that chronicles the cases a group of gifted individuals tackled, mostly dealing with the exorcism of haunted places. I like that this is based on true accounts from people’s real-life experiences.
  3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. While not completely scary, I love the feel of the book, the eeriness it it.
  4. Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Not necessarily scary in the traditional sense, but it deals with local folklore, monsters and whatnot – providing a nice light read to a scary season.
  5. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I haven’t read this book, but I heard it has enough eeriness to it for a good Halloween reading. It’s currently sitting on my table, but I hope to read it soon.
  6. In Search of a Distant Voice by Taichi Yamada. Equally eerie and weird that sort of takes the reader on a trip. Imagine hearing a voice calling out to you out of nowhere. See? Scary stuff.

So, this is my list. Of course the classics are still wonderful to get back to such as Dracula, Frankenstein and even a little Edgar Allan Poe. Short stories like The Headless Horseman can also give a little fright. So I’m curious: What’s your go-to scary tale? Any books you’d recommend for those of us who aren’t so afraid to read a good fright? Share your recommendations.

For other scary books, check out our theme early this year: Paranormal and Carnivale and our theme last year on Haunting Tales.

9 comments on “Some Scary Reads for the Halloween

  1. First, I LOVE those eggs!

    As a rule I’m too chicken to read scary books. Rebecca doesn’t fall into the horror category so I’ve read that, but no way would I read the Exorcist (did NOT see the movie). Have you read The Amityville Horror? Even my husband is afraid of that one. 🙂

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    • Hahaha. I’m glad you do. Seems like an appropriate picture for scary things. I read scary books, but I don’t read them one after the other. I love the whole possession plot though. Oh, i’ve read Amityville and watched all the movies. I mean i do get scared, but for some reason I still like watching them and reading them.

      Yeah, I suppose Rebecca is more haunted than it is horror. Thanks for dropping by Jama.

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  2. Iphigene! I can recommend no other title but the Bradbury ones that I have just read (and currently reading): Something Wicked this Way Comes and The October Country respectively. Perfect for the season.

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    • Oh, so they are scary books. My goodness how did you read them one after the other? lol. I will get to that some time….Not now though. I’m reading nonfiction over the halloween.

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      • I alternate between Moers and Bradbury – light and dark. 🙂 When I was reading Something Wicked this Way Comes, I was also reading Moers’ City of Dreaming Books. Now that I’m halfway through The October Country, I am also halfway through The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Moers. They complement each other.

        And I hesitate to call them ‘scary’ books – it’s more like playing with the darkness, teasing it, and inviting it to come and have tea for awhile and share a few stories. It’s never gory, but it brings you someplace where light is somewhere distant – and kind of like a dream.

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  3. i like the eggs…so cute…but i don’t like horror movies.
    The last one that I watched was the Exorcism of Emily Rose and I never wanted to watch any horror films -__-

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    • Aren’t those eggs cute?!
      Oh I love the Exorcism of Emily Rose. I liked The Rite too. of all the horror plots, I like possessions the best and I like reading about local folklore also. 🙂

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  4. Me too for Bradbury, Iphigene. And there is a wonderful Roald Dahl Anthology for adults where he says he thinks he’s chosen the scariest stories. Hm-m! I wonder. Dracula can be creepy for the first time! Thanks.

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    • In the near future when my TBR pile is a bit thinner i’ll read some Bradbury. Oh, never heard of that book by dahl. That would be interesting to read. I try to read some horror once in a while to get my blood going. Also, i think it takes some level of craft in writing a good scary story.

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