I love autumn. Even in Texas, where it is still 93 degrees outside in the middle of October, autumn is my favorite time of year. I can unashamedly drink hot tea like it’s going out of style, it’s normal and not at all unusual for me to watch Hocus Pocus once a week, and, best of all, people are psyched about scary things! Eleven months out of the year I’m the weirdo who likes slasher movies and monster flicks, and apparently I’m the only one who watches documentaries about serial killers in my spare time (they’re interesting!!). BUT when the leaves go crisp, I’m no longer alone. So, in celebration of my un-aloneness, here is a list of all of my favorite scary reads to get you in the spooky Halloween spirit!
1) Stephen King
He isn’t called the King of Horror for nothing. Almost anything with Stephen King’s name on it is bound to fuel your nightmares for weeks, if not longer. You have your pick of the litter: telekinetic teenagers on revenge kicks, rabid St. Bernard’s, serial killer clowns, and possessed killer cars! So, pick up one of his books (you can find Stephen King in any worthwhile used bookstore for a few dollars) and prepare to sleep with the lights on!
2) The Classics – Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Not only are all of these books timeless classics, they are also available for free in eBook format! If you have a cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer then you can download the Kindle app and read these for free (Thanks, Public Domain.)!
3) Edgar Allan Poe
If Stephen King is the King of Horror, then Edgar Allan Poe is the granddaddy! The Fall of the House of Usher is one of my all time favorite spooky stories. Not to mention The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven. Oh, and speaking of free, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe are also available for free in eBook format or you can go to http://poestories.com/index.php. Again, you have got to love the Public Domain.
4) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
“Focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green were prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all of their dreams.”
This book could be classified as a horror or a romance novel, and that is just the beginning of its unusual qualities. Some pages have only one or two words per page, other pages are written diagonally, and footnotes can span up to ten pages. This book is quirky and spooky and perfect to get you in the Halloween spirit!
Click the link and read my review of this slasher novel!
6) Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke
This anthology features horror stories from some of the best young adult thriller and horror authors working right now. All of the stories are unique spins on classic stories. One of the stories was inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and it spooked me for days. The stories can be read in less than thirty minutes, which is great for those who don’t have the time to commit to an entire book, but they are just as complex and scary as any horror novel.