Guest Post: Barb from Booker T’s Farm

October 9, 2015 Misc. 2

MMMOhMy! 2015Please welcome Barb from Booker T’s Farm and she is talking about her favorite horror novels! I found some new books to read and I hope you do too! 🙂

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).

Birthing House

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Heavens Rise

 

 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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