Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween 2013: My Favourite Scary Books

One of my favourite book retailer websites, The Book People, contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in writing about my favourite scary books for their blogger outreach program. In honour of Halloween this week, I of course said yes! The Book People always have loads of great children's books available on their site, and I'm quite sure a good portion of my own collection has come from there. But anyway, I digress: here are some scary recommendations to tide you over this All Hallows' Eve!


I've always been a fan of the horror genre, whether it be in books, TV or film. I've loved it ever since I was about six or seven and devouring Goosebumps books on a regular basis, all of which I enjoyed. Then came Buffy and my lifelong vampire obsession, and with it an interest in all things supernatural. I'm always on the lookout for scary or creepy books, and I have found some, but none have ever affected me and kept me up at night. I'd love to find a book like that, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Here is a selection of books I've read which I think are pretty creepy in parts, and which I think any horror fan would enjoy.

I Am Legend is a book about the last human man in a world of vampires. His friends haunt him at night shouting his name on his front lawn, his family are gone and he is isolated and alone. Every day is a constant fight for survival, never knowing who or what might be waiting around the corner. Matheson's writing is creepy and never lets up; there are jumpy moments and moments where you just know something bad is going to happen. It's my second favourite novel, and deservedly so.

Stir of Echoes is Richard Matheson again, and this one is even creepier than I Am Legend. It's about a man, hypnotism and ghosts. I won't say anymore than that so I don't spoil anything, but there are some seriously unforgettable edge-of-your-seat scenes in this book. I haven't read it for a long time - about twelve years, I think - so I'm definitely due a re-read!

Salem's Lot is one of only two Stephen King books I've read, and I initially picked it up because it's about vampires. Again I read this one quite a while ago so don't remember everything, but I remember it really did creep me out every now and then. King's writing has the ability to unnerve you when you're least expecting it, and Salem's Lot is no exception.


So, there are three books I think are perfect for Halloween. What are your favourite scary picks?

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