In celebration of Halloween, let’s salute good old spooky reads.
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Author: Stephen King
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23 thoughts on “Spooky Reads for Halloween”
Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Tales and Poems
Edgar Allan Poe
Why: Poe is so much more than “The Raven.” My favorite story of his is “The Masque of the Red Death.”
The Cask of Amontillado is my favorite. 🙂
He’s a real creepy guy. I think The Mask of the Red Death is my favourite also.
The Shining by Stephen King really got me. “Heeeeere’s Johnny!”
The classic. When a shaft of light in my home illuminates the small particles of dust in the air, I always think of his description of the wives reassembling themselves out of these seemingly random fragments. Brilliant and scary. It is my excuse for not dusting.
Another of my favorites!
The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson (author of The Lottery)
Before–and better than–Stephen King!
I keep hearing how great this is. Need to read it one of these days…
The Haunting of Toby Jug
I terrified myself and suffered nightmares by reading this classic just before going to sleep; I was fifteen years of age and in the Cambridge military hospital, suffering from acute sinusitis at the time.
Sounds super creepy.
Becareful what you wish for!
Not a super scary book, as I don’t like super scary, but a lot of psychological terror in Before I go to Sleep (which comes out as a movie this weekend, too). Fabulous book about an amnesiac who relies on her husband Ben to help her with everything, but one day finds a note from herself saying: DON’T TRUST BEN.
Is this the basis for a new movie? I think I read about it in the paper this morning.
One from my childhood. I read it when I was ten. “The Girl Who Trod On A Loaf” by Hans Christian Anderson.
That is one of the creepiest covers I have ever seen. *shudders*
Is this the same guy who wrote “Hyperion”, TD?
Love so many of the above, especially the Poe. I also like Lovecraft.
I thought the link would show the book cover, but alas not. Sorry.
We add that for you, Kathryn. Thanks.
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