Sunday, October 26, 2008

7 Books for a Proper Scare

First, a confession.

When it comes to stories that scare, my tastes lean more toward the light fare of The Twilight Zone rather than heavier plates served up by The Shining.

All the same, a good scare can be fun. Some favorites are listed below and you are invited to add recommendations.

  1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub. This was made into a terrible movie, but the book is chilling. It reminds us that evil is out there.

  2. The Mist by Stephen King. I haven't seen the film, but the original story is enough to make you check the windows and doors.

  3. Neverwhere by Neal Gaiman. There is another world in London's underground and, although some of its inhabitants are very unpleasant, Gaiman's tour is a treat.

  4. "Man from the South" and other short stories by Roald Dahl. I read most of these stories in high school and still remember them. Great stuff. Definitely not Wonka territory.

  5. The Road by Cormac Mccarthy. I reviewed this in an earlier post. A haunting story of a father and his son in a post-disaster world. This will become a classic.

  6. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Another disaster story, made weirder and scarier by exotic plants that walk and kill.

  7. Dracula by Bram Stoker. Ignore the movies. They failed to do justice to this genuinely frightening novel.

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