There’s something about this time of year that makes me crave a scary story. I love the dark nights and the delicious sensation of icy, cold fingers of fear as they crawl up my spine to caress the back of my neck when I’m reading or listening to a horror story. I love the fear they invoke when I wake in the middle of the night and must agonise over whether I’m brave enough to go to the toilet in the dark. I tell myself it’s just a book, yet I’ll scurry to the bathroom with my eyes half closed for fear of bumping into some creature from the latest story I’ve been reading.
Here are my top picks for classic horror stories:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
My love of horror began with this book. I was probably far too young to even be reading these kinds of books. It made a lasting impression and I’ve had a bit of a thing for vampires ever since.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
My true favourite kind-of-scary story has to have a haunted house at the epicentre. I adore creepy, abandoned mansions. The Haunting of Hill House is a perfect Halloween read and it will give you the chills.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
How can you talk about horror stories and not mention this book? I read Frankenstein in my teens and have the audiobook lined up.
It by Stephen King
I’ve read this at least five times, and each time I’ve enjoyed it even more. There is something about clowns that makes them scary enough on their own, never mind one that can change itself into the thing that scares you most from your worst nightmare. It makes me shudder even thinking about it.
My list could go on forever, and if you’re looking for a scary read this Halloween, these books are right up your alley. The only problem? You might be too scared to sleep with the lights off.
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