As noted previously, I have a penchant for all things horror. Some of you were probably wondering, per my costume post, what sort of 6 year old wants to be Jason for Halloween? This girl. But in all honesty, it’s not entirely my fault. I was the second girl born on my father’s side, after nine boys. It didn’t help that my mother insisted on pigtails every day of my life up until I was old enough to wrangle the brush from her hands. I was also woefully small, even for a girl. So really I didn’t stand a chance, I had to develop street cred early on. I don’t know why I thought horror films
would do the trick, but that’s neither here nor there.
I’ve seen pretty much every horror film out there, including Leprechaun in the Hood. Not a whole lot scares me, not horror films anyway. But I am not without fear, of course. Some of the best horror stories ever told started out as novels, or in some cases, as true stories. Here’s is a list of the scariest books I have ever read; you’ll want to leave a light on, trust me.
The Shining By Stephen King
It By Stephen King
The Exorcist By William Peter Blatty—I can’t even touch this one because I couldn’t handle the first 100 pages, but God bless those who try.
The Silence of the Lambs By Thomas Harris
The Haunting of Hill House By Shirley Jackson—Perhaps the greatest haunted house story ever told.
Interview with the Vampire By Anne Rice
World War Z By Max Brooks—Eye witness accounts of the world’s first global war…The Zombie War.
The Girl Next Door By Jack Ketchum—Based on the tragic and disturbing true story of Sylvia Likens.
The Ruins By Scott Smith
Haunted By Chuck Palahniuk—What happens when the horror story you’ve been writing becomes your own?
Christina Bernecker is a training associate at OverDrive.