2016 Oct 28
by Vandana Hiranand
It’s time to get spooky; Halloween is just around the corner! If you have not yet fallen into the scary Halloween mode, we have compiled a list of ten absolutely frightening books to get you excited for the spookiest holiday of the year.
- American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
A modern classic and exceedingly famous horror novel, American Psycho tells the tale of Patrick Bateman – a sophisticated, charming and intelligent twenty-six year old, who is also a psychopath. Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of violence in our time or any other.
- Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes
Beukes’ novel is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people who are trying to put themselves back together again. The story revolves around Detective Gabriella Versado, her geeky teenage daughter, a desperate freelance journalist, Thomas Keen, otherwise known as TK. As strange and disturbing bodies are discovered, the book explores how the characters of the city try to hold onto reality.
- Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Gaiman’s first modern classic for young readers captivated his audience instantly. The author narrates the story of young Coraline, who finds an alternate reality – a harrowing and nightmarish world. Trapped in this alternate dimension, Caroline will have to fight with all her wit and courage to return to ordinary life. Gaiman brings us an inventive, scary and thrilling tale.
- The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
Blatty’s novel is still recalled as perhaps one of the most controversial and terrifying novels ever written. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil. The Exorcist shook the nation, with its thrilling tale of faith and demonic possession. Blatty’s novel will always remain an unforgettable reading experience.
- Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk
Palahniuk’s novel is made up of 23 horrifying, hilarious and mind-blowing tales. His morbid sense of humour and disturbingly violent set of short stories may not be for everyone, but make for a fascinating read. The theme of the many stories touches on addiction and although there is no particular overarching theme, each story is rather captivating on its own.
- The Shining – Stephen King
Possibly the greatest classic horror novel, The Shining is a must read on any book list! If you haven’t read this yet, it’s definitely about time to get your hands on it. A sinister novel, it delivers on the scary end without excessive blood and gore. King won a number of awards and received much acclaimed fame upon the publishing of this novel.
- Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill
Hill’s deliciously scary debut novel was greeted with overwhelming critical acclaim. A book filled with skin-crawling supernatural terror, it was cited as Best Book of the Year by many magazines and even scooped up two awards. Hill’s novel tells the tale of a rock star haunted by a ghost he purchased over the internet.
- House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. Now, this astonishing novel is available complete in book form. The story centers around a family who discover something baffling: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
- IT – Stephen King
The largely popular terrifying novel, IT by Stephen King is known by most people around the world. The story explores the town of Derry, Maine and the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, and killing.
- Horns – Joe Hill
A twisted, terrifying novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original tale. A wild, mesmerizing and witty book, it explores the life of Ignatius Perrish, who wakes up after a night of drinking with a thunderous hangover, raging headache…and a pair of horns going from his temples. Hill most certainly upholds his reputation as a horror writer with this frightening tale.
- The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
This book contains the author’s novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft’s trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today’s writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman.