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13 of the most terrifying books published

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.

  1. Pet Sematary – by Stephen King
  2. The Island of Dr. Moreau – by H.G. Wells
  3. The Cask of Amontillado – by Edgar Allen Poe
  4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. The Turn of the Screw – by Henry James
  6. Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley
  7. The Exorcist – by William Peter Blatty
  8. Something Wicked This Way Comes – by Ray Bradbury
  9. Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris
  10. Hell House – by Richard Matheson
  11. Rosemary’s Baby – by Ira Levin
  12. Dracula – by Bram Stoker
  13. 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!

Book Review: Sudden Death Overtime – by Steve Vernon

Sudden Death OvertimeBook: Sudden Death Overtime
Author: Steve Vernon
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Date: February 10, 2012
Genre: dark humour; fantasy novelette; horror
Pages: 123
Price: Kindle under $1.00
My rating: dark humour with shock value
 

Steve Vernon is an author who writes like no one I have read thus far. His freedom with the written word is astonishing. It’s as if every thought he has spills out onto paper and has to be shared. Every dark thought, as applies here.

Sudden Death Overtime does not fit my usual reading, because horror is not a genre I particularly enjoy, but I expect this is a dark fantasy unlike most others. This book (novelette because it is short) is sure to satisfy readers who like this genre, but it is not for young readers.

Steve Vernon writes well. His capturing of human nature and the could-care-less attitudes in conversation are true to life, including the coarse and vulgar language between men who are less than etiquette conscious. His imagination is spooky, in this case, horrific!

There is a totally black tour bus that shows up in odd places in a northern Canadian community and people start disappearing. There are four old men who still love hockey enough to clear the ice every Saturday for the kids in the community. There are vampires … and those determined old men … and hockey … and gore. And a twist at the end.

If you like hockey, vampires, horror, dark humour, and you don’t mind coarse language, then you will like this book. Steve Vernon has them all in Sudden Death Overtime. It is a short read that packs a wallop.

You can find Sudden Death Overtime  listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Book Review: Dracula – by Bram Stoker

Dracula, a mystery by Bram Stoker (1897)
 
Book: Dracula, a mystery story
Author: Bram Stoker
Original Publisher: Archibald Constable and Company (UK)
Original Date: May 26, 1897
Genre: horror, gothic, mystery
Pages: 408
Price: Kindle currently $0.00 on Amazon; paper $10.51 (sale)
My Rating: WOW! Read this book! Captivating, exciting, spooky.
 

For some time I had considered reading Dracula, but not being interested in the modern vampire and zombie movies and television programs I avoided it until a year ago.  I decided to read some of the classics and chose this one because I had seen the Dracula movie long ago and wanted to be able to say I had read the book. I found it on YouTube and began by listening to it, but then found it for free on Kindle so finished it that way – which was better for me.

This story so captivated me I had to keep reading. Bram Stoker’s writing style and beautiful use of language is thrilling to read, and the characters he created made for such a good story. The only problem was that I had to put the book down when it got late into the evening. It freaked me out a little! Not that I believe Dracula to be real but Stoker’s brilliant writing and settings really spooked me! I couldn’t read it after dark. Now that is good writing. I am so glad I read this book.

The story is written like a diary but with each person writing from their own perspective. If that sounds boring or as if it would be hard to follow, it isn’t at all. It makes it very interesting. The reader wants to keep reading to know what is going on since last hearing from each character, where is Dracula in his plotting, who else is going to meet with trouble at his design, how are they going to defeat him.

Points of interest:

  • Other titles Stoker had for this book were The Dead Un-Dead, and The Un-dead, before deciding on Dracula
  • His main character was called Count Wampyr until Stoker came across the name Dracula while researching for the book
  • Dracula is an old story, but not quite the original vampire story since Stoker borrowed some details from a couple of previous authors, but he built on that and made it better.

Vampire stories told now could not be what they are without Bram Stoker’s Dracula. If you think you know about vampires from what is currently written, do yourself a favour and read Dracula for the ‘real’ story, even though it’s fiction. 🙂  I don’t believe you will be disappointed.

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Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂