I’m making this post in preparation for October and thinking about my reading plans. Barring some ARCs and library waiting list titles, I’m planning to hunt out some thrillers and horror novels with an emphasis on heart-pumping moments. Still not sure what my October TBR will be though!
I haven’t come across many books that left me truly terrified, and mainly turn to videogames or movies/tv for that sort of thing.
But as a kid I was massively a fan of the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series. It has some of the most impressive and memorable artwork out there. I still live in fear of spiders laying eggs in faces. And whatever the lady in the second picture is. She does kind of look like a drawing of me in the most unflattering way possible lol..
Back then, I also devoured Goosebumps, Fear Street, some Christopher Pike books, and another series called Nightmare Hall. Here are some of my iconic faves from each. They definitely warrant some nostalgic re-reads!
Honestly, I don’t remember these titles very much- just that they are the ones I was most scared by as a kid.
Scratch that somewhat, I do remember The Betrayal and its sequels quite well and oh what I’d give for some 800 page adult fiction epic that was anything like it.
This is mainly a nostalgia post but there are a few recent horror (or thriller) titles that come to mind as having high tension or effectively scary moments. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky and The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.
Imaginary Friend is a sort of grab bag of different horror conventions thrown into one long, artsy book while The Turn Of The Key has a creepy, nefarious ultra-modern ‘smart’ house with mysterious hidden rooms.
There’s one older book that I can’t remember very well called Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz. In that one, we see the story from multiple perspectives so you’d know some horrifying stuff is about to go down, then an immediate switch to another perspective for cliffhanger chapters.
One thing to mark off my reading to-do list is reading something by Stephen King. I’m leaning toward Misery for its shorter length (370 pages, less massive than ‘It’ for sure.) But I’m also thinking of Tommyknockers since the film version truly terrified me many years ago, though it’s page count is on the high side as seems usual for King. He has so many books, it’s tough to choose. Was thinking of Carrie but after being unabashedly #TeamCarrie in the 1976 film, I worry I’ll just spend the whole time feeling sorry for her instead of being terrified.
- I’m still deciding on what to read, but what are your reading plans for October? Do you plan on reading any horror or halloween-themed titles?
- As mentioned in the title, what is the scariest book you’ve ever read? Or if not applicable, a book with a scary or tense moment that really stuck with you. It can be in any genre.
- Very open to horror or thriller reading recommendations if you have some or Stephen King best-first-book recs, if you have read his work and have some guidance to offer.
Many thanks in advance, as always, for your comments and thoughts.