When Stormi mentioned having guest posters for the month of October, I jumped at the chance. I love October and Halloween and all things scary. When I was young, I remember watching horror movies with my father late at night so maybe that is where my obsession began. Either way, I adore scary books and movies and have seen and read plenty of good and bad. I don’t really scare very easily, so when reading horror, it’s the “creep factor” that I am pretty much looking for. So without further ado, here are my Top 10 Favorite Horror Books! (in no particular order).
The Birthing House – Christopher Ransom. This book has it all – haunted house, possession, obsession and murder. It totally creeped me out and haunted house stories have always been high on my favorite list.
The Shining – Stephen King. King is my all-time favorite writer and this book started my love of horror. I recall reading it in 8th grade history class (I sat in the back and had the book doubled up inside my history book – sorry Mr. Hodges). I have read this 3 times and seen the movie more times than I can count as I feel it isn’t a bad rendition. Plus this October marks the 35th Anniversary of the movie!
The Good House – Tananarive Due. I promise my whole list doesn’t consist of haunted houses. However, this is a great supernatural read which combines family heritage with what happens when magic is misused.
Curfew – Phil Rickman. Combining the setting of an old Wales area with a creepy church bell ringing every night and tales of evil rituals makes this a very creepy, very scary book. This book caused me to start collecting Rickman books, although I do believe I only ever read one other one.
Horns – Joe Hill. When I first learned King had a son who was writing horror, I remember rushing to the library to grab this novel. I devoured it in 2 sittings and it definitely was one of my more scarier reads. This is not a book for someone with a fear of snakes, but I rallied on and loved it anyway. Saw the movie adaptation last year and it reminded me that the books are always better!
Wither – J.G. Passarella. Published in 2000, this is a wonderful older horror read. I love witch tales and the darker the better. This is first in a trilogy I have been meaning to re-read for years. Perfect for Halloween.
So Cold the River – Michael Koryta. This author has mastered the creepy tale and I have read at least 4 of his novels. The novel is set in a creepy little town in a doomed hotel and long forgotten evil. Another read which is great for when the weather just starts to turn cold.
Christine – Stephen King. I could do a whole list of King novels, but I had to refrain. There is something about a car being possessed with evil that really scared me when I was younger and read this book. My father and grandfather were life-long mechanics and were always restoring and collecting classic cars so I think that factor alone intensified this read. Plus, I do believe our cars sometime take on a personality of their own.
Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill. Not too hard to tell who I consider my favorite authors. Possessed spirits and rock and roll – what’s not to love about that? I think both Hill and his father are great at creating a bigger evil than what we normally expect – the evil inside of people and the inner demons they fight.
The Heaven’s Rise – Christopher Rice. I have read many horror books set in New Orleans, and this is one of my favorites. I love books that focus on the old history of the area. This book combines history, mystery and thriller with a bit of horror and while it often gets mixed reviews, I really did enjoy it. He must have learned something from his mother Anne.
Hope you enjoyed my list. I tried to share some more famous books with some not-so-known ones. Maybe you found a new book to add to your Halloween reads.
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