Horror Week

Posted by Cybil on October 16, 2017
Fright, scares, and Halloween tales: Here's your ultimate guide to October reading.

Readers' 50 All-Time Favorite Horror Novels
From monsters to psychological terrors, these are readers' top-rated horror stories.

Great Ghost Stories
Ghostland author Colin Dickey picks some of his favorites hauntings.
Fearful Folktales…
Author and Lore podcast creator Aaron Mahnke's twisted folklore and legends.


The Campy and Bizarre World of Paperback Horror
Man-eating jellyfish, Satan's pets, and crazed leprechauns? Welcome to pulp horror.

Read Deeper into Darkness
Shirley Jackson's biographer picks the dark tales that hooked her on horror.
Exclusive Sneak Peek: The Chalk Man
Peer into 2018's creepy thrillers early with this excerpt from C.J. Tudor's debut.


16 Audiobooks That Go Bump in the Night
These spine-chilling audiobooks can follow you…wherever you go.


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message 1: by E.F.B. (last edited Oct 16, 2017 08:57AM) (new)

E.F.B. Darkling by K. M. Rice is a good one for those who want something spooky, but don't like outright horror. I say this as someone who never seeks out spooky stories, but still found Darkling generally likable. :) It's available on Kindle, paperback, and Audible audio.


message 2: by Les (new)

Les A great list of scary books for Halloween!


message 3: by Prudence (new)

Prudence Currently reading The Turn of the Screw, and listening to The Woman in White. Both sitting so uneasy in me.


message 4: by Lostaccount (new)

Lostaccount If anyone knows a book that is truly scary, let me now. Never found a book that really scared me yet.


message 5: by James (new)

James Joyce Shouldn't "Horror Week" be the last week of October?


message 6: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Only reading Stephen King this month!


message 7: by Kitty (new)

Kitty i just started reading My Best Friend's Exorcism & it's like reading a brightly coloured 80s horror movie


message 8: by Marko (last edited Oct 16, 2017 10:17AM) (new)


message 9: by Sam (new)

Sam Quixote If you've never read it, check out the awesome novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, about a disturbed, and disturbing, little girl and her sister (are they witches?) trapped in smalltown America, surrounded by townsfolk who hate them. Unforgettable and perfect reading for this time of year.


message 10: by Darth Vader's Long Lost Sister (last edited Oct 16, 2017 10:23AM) (new)

Darth Vader's Long Lost Sister I don't think anyone should be allowed to read a book rather than the shining. (on halloween)


message 11: by Lori S. (new)

Lori S. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury ought to be on any list of Hallowe'en stories.


message 12: by S.A.A. (new)

S.A.A. Calvert I have only published two horror stories, "Hard Memory" and "Playtime". The latter starts:

"There was a group of children on the street, playing with a dog. As I watched, one of them started to eat it from the tail end."

That, I suppose, could go for my two-sentence bit, but it serves as my attempt to produce something I always love in a good horror story: the "WTF? Did I just read what I thought I did?" that King does particularly well. I shall watch Pet Sem once more, and then dig out the original version of Shirley Jackson's Hill House, which is a gold mine for my other favourite device in horror: the very disturbing throwaway comment.

"Oh God; it knows where I am now"


message 13: by Seventh (new)

Seventh Star Press If you like the world of visceral horror than I suggest Hellscapes I &II by Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press. Perfect read for this time of year along with a few other titles from seventh Star Press such as Knife's Tale by Daniel Dark, Cinema of Shadows by Michael West, Shadow of Somerest by Bob Freeman, or Slash of Crimson by Carl Moore. Plus many more that will satisfy any taste.


message 14: by Carol (new)

Carol Elyse wrote: "Only reading Stephen King this month!"

👍


message 15: by Breslin (new)

Breslin White Nothing in The Leavers (which I'm reading) is this spooky except for the references to M&M's


message 16: by Bibiana (new)

Bibiana Krall My list to get you going!

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...


message 17: by Seventh (new)

Seventh Star Press Well than I suggest you try these after Halloween. If you like Stephen King than you will love our authors. We would love to have you check us out.


message 18: by María Ángeles (new)

María Ángeles Me gustaaaAAAaaaaaa!


message 19: by Linda (new)

Linda If you like literary fiction but want something spooky this season (or anytime) I just read two ghostly books by award winning authors. Both are ghost stories. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward and White Tears by Hari Kunzri. Both are set in the Mississippi Delta where lots of lost souls are creeping around.


message 20: by Lolrus (new)

Lolrus Lostaccount wrote: "If anyone knows a book that is truly scary, let me now. Never found a book that really scared me yet."

"Birdbox" by Josh Mallerman, only book that ever scared me in 45 years of reading.


message 21: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Great! These lists are what I was looking for, waiting Halloween. :)


message 22: by Katie (last edited Oct 16, 2017 11:38AM) (new)

Katie Foster Some Mary Downing Hahn books are scary. Though I was 12 when I read them.All the Lovely Bad Ones is a really good book though.


message 23: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Schmitz Like Prudence, I read "The Turn of the Screw" years ago and couldn't sleep for weeks.


message 24: by Eliza (new)

Eliza Currently reading "Finders keepers" By Stephen king it's really good


message 25: by S.A.A. (new)

S.A.A. Calvert Marko wrote: "Complete Ghost Stories by one and only M.R. James."

Every Christmas, the BBC do a TV version of one of his stories, and I have had some seriously shuddery moments as a result.
This:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HD1j...


message 26: by Nichole (new)

Nichole I will try to watch the movie The Changeling (1980) again. Peter Medak was the director. One of the most psychologically upsetting movies of all time. To this day, I cannot sit through it.


message 27: by Gina (new)

Gina Lolrus wrote: "Lostaccount wrote: "If anyone knows a book that is truly scary, let me now. Never found a book that really scared me yet."

"Birdbox" by Josh Mallerman, only book that ever scared me in 45 years of..."


Birdbox was really creepy in a great way!


message 28: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Sam wrote: "If you've never read it, check out the awesome novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, about a disturbed, and disturbing, little girl and her sister (are they witches?) trapped in s..."
One of my faves!


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* YAY!!!! You did a horror one. Will have fun checking this one out.


message 30: by Elizabeth (last edited Oct 16, 2017 02:02PM) (new)

Elizabeth Fernandez Lostaccount wrote: "If anyone knows a book that is truly scary, let me now. Never found a book that really scared me yet."

I hear you; most "horror" just ends up being about silly monsters or bland paranormal pieces. I'm always on the hunt for something that will actually cause me to jump at any little sound. That being said, I don't know if you read YA, but The Dead House really got to me. It's not outrageously scary but it was extremely disquieting, especially when read late into the night.


message 31: by David (new)

David If you haven't read A Night in the Lonesome October yet, do it! It's not scary, but it's the perfect book to read for Halloween.


message 32: by Rafael (new)

Rafael Carvalho Bird Box was just great, one of the best horror stories I've read, and definitely the best to have come out in recent years.

Also, would definitely recommend Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three, as some of the best and weirdest horror short stories you can read anywhere, all very short and yet satisfyingly deep and full of vivid imagery, almost to the point of being poetic in its grotesquerie. Notable mentions go to the following stories: "Book of Blood", "Midnight Meat Train", "In the Hills, the Cities", "Dread", "Human Remains"... just to start off!


message 33: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Fleetwood I haven't read too many ghost stories, I am too much of a wuss, but Dark Matter by Michele Paver was so creepy and horrifying.


message 34: by Princess J. (new)

Princess J. Antoinette uhmmm... can anyone recommend a horror and/or scary book for a scary cat like me?

Image result for scary cat gif


message 35: by Scarlet (new)

Scarlet It should be a month!
Hope everyone has a devilishly wicked week.


message 36: by Kati (new)

Kati Marko wrote: "Complete Ghost Stories by one and only M.R. James."

Oooh, I've heard about that, thanks.


message 37: by Jane (new)

Jane The Wine-Dark Sea by Robert Aickman. Short stories, more in the genre of "weird" stories, but unsettling.


message 38: by Sushi (寿司) (new)

Sushi (寿司) I have just finished a Stephen King's book. Skeleton Crew


message 39: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Prudence wrote: "Currently reading The Turn of the Screw, and listening to The Woman in White. Both sitting so uneasy in me."

Ooh! I just finished Turn of the Screw myself! Really holds up through the ages doesn't it? So spooky and unsettling! *Shivers*


message 40: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Nichole wrote: "I will try to watch the movie The Changeling (1980) again. Peter Medak was the director. One of the most psychologically upsetting movies of all time. To this day, I cannot sit through it."

Oh, man! That was a slumber party staple when I was a kid! I still have to close my eyes if I pass a staircase in the dark because I'm terrified that a ball will come rolling down and give me a heart attack.


message 41: by Juliew. (new)

Juliew. Im currently reading a historical novel based on the real Dracula. It's pretty good so far and the author commented at the beginning saying he tried to follow the actual history.Vlad Dracula: The Dragon Prince


message 42: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Krantz Currently reading Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King :)


message 43: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Reading Before The Devil Breaks You, by Libba Bray. It's the third in a truly terrifying series set in New York City during the Roaring 20s.


message 44: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hammons Sam wrote: "If you've never read it, check out the awesome novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, about a disturbed, and disturbing, little girl and her sister (are they witches?) trapped in s..."

I read that one last year, I found it a little heartbreaking how the towns people treated them.


message 45: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hammons Princess J. wrote: "uhmmm... can anyone recommend a horror and/or scary book for a scary cat like me?

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That's a great gif!


message 46: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hammons I'll contribute, Ghost Boat by George E. Simpson and Neal R. Burger. I read once in high school, the last paragraph of chapter 17 scared me so bad I didn't sleep for two days. It was great.

You might also try Forsaken: A Novel of Art, Evil, and Insanity by Andrew Van Wey. I'm very claustrophobic and I didn't get all the way through the prologue.


message 47: by Isaiah (new)

Isaiah Eickmann that is wierd.


message 48: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hammons Isaiah wrote: "that is wierd."

The prologue involved someone getting in a trunk.


message 49: by Abdel (new)

Abdel Mostafa This is a nice list of things I might start reading this Halloween,Thanks for that!!!


message 50: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Corbitt What great timing for Horror Week - currently reading the second book in the funny and gruesome "John Dies at the end" Series This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It - so much fun. A lot of dude-humor, but I think some nerdy ladies out there would really dig it.


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