"Take no heed of her...She reads a lot of books."
~Jasper Fforde

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

31 Days of Halloween #4

So, I participate in a librarian group on Facebook.  And the best part about being a librarian group on Facebook is the book recommendations.  Everyone always has some cool suggestion for your next read, and it can be a lot of fun finding other readers who also happen to work in libraries.  Lately, the big post is regarding scary stuff.  Namely, what's the scariest book you ever read?
So, I thought for today, I would share a list of the scariest books that my fellow librarians have read.  And as you can imagine, these are pretty well-read folks, so I'm sure you'll find something to make your blood run cold.
  • NOS4A2 (Joe Hill)
  •  House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
  • It (Stephen King)
  •  Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  • Koko (Peter Straub)
  • I Remember You (Yrsa Sigurðardóttir)
  • Fangland (John Marks)
  • Salem's Lot (Stephen King)
  • Amityville Horror (Jay Anson)
  • Sybil (Flora Rheta Schreiber)
  • Uzumaki (Junji Ito)
  • Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
  • The Shining (Stephen King)
  •  Three (Sarah Lotz)
  • The Offering (S.J. Hill)
  • Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
  • Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
  • Communion (Whitley Strieber)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series (Alvin Schwartz)*
  •  Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
  • Through the Woods (Emily Carroll)
*I would like to add for this one, the scariness comes not just from the stories, which are creepy on their own, but from the nightmarish illustrations that accompany each tale.  Newer editions of the book have "sanitized" illustrations that do nothing to set the mood.  Either read them as Schwartz intended or don't read them at all!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read a scary book in years. I will say that I just finished Flannery O'Connor's 'The Complete Stories' and she is one disturbing read.


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