Spooky Reads

unnamed-1As Halloween approaches, costumes are being prepared, candy is stockpiled and consumed (by the pound in this house!!), and everything you can think of is pumpkin spice flavor!  If you haven’t picked out pumpkins yet, or your costume, or prepared for trick or treaters, these books might help you get in the mood.  I’m not a huge fan of scary books – and definitely not of scary movies.  But I am a huge fan of Stephen King, and he has the ability to thrill!  These are some of his, and others that I’ve loved, that have scared the daylights out of me.

The Amityville Horror Jay Anson – This book may not be quite as popular as the movie version, but it’s just as scary.  Based on what is believed to be a true story, a family moves into the home in which an entire family had been ruthlessly murdered.

The Shining – Stephen King –  I have watched the movie and read the book and the book is so much better, and a lot scarier.  Both would be perfect for Halloween.

It – Stephen King – I read this book as a teenager and had nightmares for months!  I’ve been wanting to reread it, but haven’t gotten brave enough yet.  As if anyone needed another reason to be afraid of clowns!!

The Exorcist William Peter Blatty – By far the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, this book comrades the 40th anniversary of the movie’s release.  It does not disappoint, exploring the supernatural, it is sure to inspire nightmares!

Salem’s Lot – Stephen King One of the first books I read of his, years ago.  It’s so good I had to reread it (and might again!), and it’s one of the first books he wrote.  It’s the original vampire book – no teen romance here, just pure, evil vampires.

The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris Harris wrote the Hannibal Lecter series, which launched an entire movie franchise.  This book I actually read after seeing the movie, and both were terrifying.  Lecter is an evil genius, and when the movie and book were released it was around the same time that Jeffery Dahmer was caught, making this story even more chilling.

Bring on the candy!!  I’m heading to Target later to stock up on candy, it’s “for the trick-or-treaters”.  Until Halloween, you can grab one of these books, eat a few Kit Kat or two and enjoy the season.

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