Hey there, word lovers!
Since Hallowe’en is fast approaching, I thought this might be of interest to you. I found this list that was compiled by a library. They call it 13 Most Terrifying Books of All Time.
- Pet Sematary – by Stephen King
- The Island of Dr. Moreau – by H.G. Wells
- The Cask of Amontillado – by Edgar Allen Poe
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Turn of the Screw – by Henry James
- Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley
- The Exorcist – by William Peter Blatty
- Something Wicked This Way Comes – by Ray Bradbury
- Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris
- Hell House – by Richard Matheson
- Rosemary’s Baby – by Ira Levin
- Dracula – by Bram Stoker
- House of Leaves – by Mark Z. Danielewski
I will not read: #1 – Pet Sematary; #7 – The Exorcist (saw the movie years ago and that was enough!); #11 – Rosemary’s Baby.
I have read: #2 – Island of Dr. Moreau; #5 – The Turn of the Screw; #12 – Dracula (only in the daytime) – and they weren’t all that scary to me then. Well, except Dracula – which I enjoyed – although it kind of spooked me.
I plan to read: #6 – Frankenstein; #4 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Since I sometimes can be easily spooked, being a very visual reader (and I don’t like being haunted by the visuals), the others I’m not sure about: #3 – The Cask of Amontillado; #8 – Something Wicked This Way Comes; #9 – Silence of the Lambs; #10 – Hell House; #13 – House of Leaves.
What do you advise? Which ones have you read, and what did you think of them? Which ones would you suggest I avoid?
Stay safe and well. Thanks for reading … and Happy Musings!