by Shauna Lynn--WBP Blogger and Editor
It’s definitely that frightful season out there. It’s also getting colder and fairly fast too. What better way to warm up with a good book, a good SCARY book. There are so many out there though, which one do you want to read? I’ve scanned several websites and tallied up several scary books and I’m going to give you the top five.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Goodreads says, “First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill Househas been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. “
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Amazon.com says, “The deceptively simple story focuses on Regan, the 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C.; the child apparently is possessed by an ancient demon. It's up to a small group of overwhelmed yet determined humans to somehow rescue Regan from this unspeakable fate. Purposefully raw and profane, this novel still has the extraordinary ability to literally shock us into forgetting that it is "just a story."
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Goodreads describes this one, “There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.”
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Part of Goodreads’ description states, “ There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.”
The Amityville Horror (A True Story) by Jay Anson
A portion of the description on Goodreads says, “On December 18, 1975, a young family of five moved into their new home, complete with finished basement, swimming pool, and boathouse. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror, leaving most of their belongings behind. — The fantastic story of their experiences was widely publicized on network television, newspapers, and national magazines. But the Lutz family never disclosed the full details to the media. Now, their own carefully-reconstructed memories -- and independent interviews with local clergy and police -- reveal their entire harrowing story.”
I’ve seen portions of a few of the movies, but now I’m going to be ordering these books to cuddle up with my kitties and some hot cocoa and a good scary book. Nothing better to get that blood flowing when you are cold and achy. Which one do you plan on reading first?
Shauna Lynn, a talented writer, founder of Pickles and Peppers, and chronic illness advocate covers a wide variety of topics that she is passionate about. In her free time, she loves creating crafts with her family or creating a new and delicious recipe that she shares throughout the blogosphere. She loves animals and curling up with a good book too. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what unique and engaging content she can create for you. Be sure to stop by her blog Pickles and Peppers for food, family, and fun with a side of reviews and giveaways.
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