Horror Books

night shift
Do you have a favorite scary story or two? Something you’ve read that meant you slept with the lights on?

Horror movies bring out the total wimp in me – I’m the one “watching” with my hands in front of my face asking those around me “is the gross/scary part over yet?” But there’s something thrilling about a full blown case of the heebiejeebies because of a book. Bring on the jumping at shadows and cringing at night time noises!

My top five scary stories:

Nightshift by Stephen King

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

“Midnight Meat Train” by Clive Barker

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

“Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

What are your favorite scary stories?

Some top horror novel lists:
Booklist’s Top 10 Horror Novels of 2011

Horror Writers Association Horror Reading List

One Comment
  1. Here are five, count ‘em, five great horror novels off the top of my head to compliment yours.

    I’ll see your 5 and raise you 5 more, starting with:

    Books of Blood, Volumes 1 thru 6 by Clive Barker — simply the most diverse, exquisite horror short stories one will ever read.

    “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Wymark

    “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

    “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    “The Crowd” by Ray Bradbury

    …..and the poem “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti (thrown in for good measure!)

    p.s. I didn’t add any Edgar Allen Poe. All his short stories should be read without fail. This needs no explanation.

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