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Spooky Reads….

It is that time of year for everything spooky.  You drive down the road and see witches, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, and graveyards galore littering yards and store fronts.  In honor of Halloween, I leave you with a few haunting recommendations from my personal shelves to your’s . . .

If you are looking for a quick, classic horror, nothing will get your pulse beating faster than Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.  For a longer classical scare, you can turn to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

If you are looking for some more modern terror, then you would probably prefer The Shining by Stephen King.  You always thought the movie gave you nightmares; wait until you read the book! Would a combination of modern and classic intrigue you?  Then, John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things would certainly bring the grim(m) your way.

Maybe you prefer a real-life twist to your scare?  The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is sure to fill your need and add some random facts to your trivia bank along the way.  And, in case you want the reality feel, but not the non-fiction tag, then maybe False Memory by Dean Koontz would be a better choice for you?

Are you wanting something for the younger crowd?  I revert to the animal monster of Bunnicula by James Howe or for the youngest crowd, Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown.

There are truly a number of books that leave you haunting for more.  Here are a few other tales that you may want to explore that sit on my shelves or that our readers recommend:

  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Intensity by Dean Koontz
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

What books would you add to this list?

2 comments for “Spooky Reads….

  1. Jenny Beatrice
    November 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I just reread Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. It’s a great book. If you are a fan of the movie, you will love the novel. It stays true to the original story.

    • lisamiller
      November 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      The movie was great. You’re a brave woman to be able to read that scary story.