Trick or Treat—It's Horror Week!

Posted by Hayley on October 23, 2015

Horror Week on Goodreads is your chance to spook yourself silly. We are indulging in the macabre as we countdown to Halloween, highlighting spine-tingling books, author exclusives, groups, Listopia lists, giveaways, and quizzes that will keep you awake after the lights go out.

Here’s the complete schedule of what to look forward to:

Monday: Ask your favorite horror writers a question! We've got Justin Cronin, Kendare Blake, Clive Barker, Lois Duncan, Alan Moore, and many more authors taking questions from readers. Check out some of the other authors taking questions specifically during Horror Week!

Tuesday: What's the scariest book you've ever read? We asked and you answered! The top answers will give you nightmares.

Wednesday: You won’t believe this treat—we dug up excerpts from Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Isaac Marion, and Glen Hirshberg’s upcoming books, which we will share exclusively on this blog.

Thursday: Share your two-sentence Horror Story with us all week on Twitter using #HorrorWeek! We’ll select our favorites to post on this blog on Thursday.

Friday: Alan Moore is watching your questions come through on his Ask the Author throughout the week, and he'll answer his five favorite on Friday. Ask him your question here.

To get into the spirit, we asked some of our favorite horror writers to tell us a two-sentence horror story. Which one gives you the creeps?









Can you think of a scarier one? Share it with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Justin Cronin's 2 lines for sure!


message 2: by Matt (new)

Matt I'm loving Justin's the best ;-)


message 3: by Brandi (new)

Brandi Justin's creeped me out the most, with Lois's a close second. Chilling and effective for two sentences!


message 4: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Burnett Clive Barker gave me chills. Justin made my mouth drop. Loved them all, but those were my favorite.


message 5: by Char (new)

Char These are just plain fun. :)


message 6: by Addy (new)

Addy Loved Barker's! Leaving me hanging and wanting more:)


message 7: by Mary (new)

Mary Justin Cronin wins!


message 8: by Frederick (last edited Oct 26, 2015 08:54AM) (new)

Frederick Allen She looked at him and knew what was hers was now his, and what was his was forever hers, and that she could never change what is, was and had been. So, her screams echoed through the house, blood dripping from her onto the pearl white sheets, and his empty eyes starring with longing, with accusation, with pity...


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Clive Barker's makes me want to read that story now! I hope he plans to write it!


message 10: by Diane Lynch (new)

Diane Lynch I love what Justin Cronin wrote. I have to read his books. New author to me.


message 11: by Juliana (new)

Juliana Ongari da Silva Justin Wins!


message 12: by Diane Lynch (last edited Oct 26, 2015 11:01AM) (new)

Diane Lynch The newlyweds embraced each other after making love. The groom looked at his new bride only to find her slightly decommissioned body in his arms. #HorrorWeek!


message 13: by Beth (new)

Beth Diane Lynch wrote: "I love what Justin Cronin wrote. I have to read his books. New author to me."

I love his books! I highly recommend The Passage.


message 14: by Diane Lynch (new)

Diane Lynch Beth wrote: "Diane Lynch wrote: "I love what Justin Cronin wrote. I have to read his books. New author to me."

I love his books! I highly recommend The Passage."


Thanks. Downloaded it.


message 15: by Kikki (new)

Kikki omg I was creeped by all of them XD I LOVE IT


message 16: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Reagan Justin Cronin's was my favorite. =)


message 17: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Justin Cronin is always amazing. Alan Moore needs to do one of these too!


message 18: by Rissy (new)

Rissy Justin then Clive


message 19: by Nadia (new)

Nadia Justin Cronin FTW.


message 20: by Hrishabh (new)

Hrishabh Chaudhary Barker and Justin.


message 21: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle Justin Cronin then Lois Duncan. XD


message 22: by niksipiksi (new)

niksipiksi Diane Lynch wrote: "I love what Justin Cronin wrote. I have to read his books. New author to me."

The Passage by Justin Cronin is one of my favorites books. I really recommend it, because it's amazing. I'm not easily frightened but I had to have light on one night while I was reading this book because I was so scared :)


message 23: by Kaishary Islam (new)

Kaishary Islam - Bookishues Nadia wrote: "Justin Cronin FTW."

I KNOW RIGHT!


message 24: by Diane Lynch (new)

Diane Lynch The Passage it is. I thought I already read it but realized I confused the title with a different book


message 25: by Diane Lynch (new)

Diane Lynch Love October!


message 26: by Christoph (new)

Christoph Para Cronin. That is now a very scary name.


message 27: by Katie (new)

Katie Lois Duncan had me with the ribbon! All excellent & creepy!


message 28: by Ashley (new)

Ashley I find it difficult to pick between Cronin and Blake. I thought they both had just the right edge.


message 29: by Landslide (new)

Landslide Lois Duncan's gave me the chills. And most likely will give me nighmares...


message 30: by Kortne (new)

Kortne Barker then Cronin. I would definitely pick those up in a heartbeat.


message 31: by Ayesha (new)

Ayesha Diane Lynch wrote: "Beth wrote: "Diane Lynch wrote: "I love what Justin Cronin wrote. I have to read his books. New author to me."

I love his books! I highly recommend The Passage."

Thanks. Downloaded it."


Me too.


message 32: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Justin Cronin, most decidedly!


message 33: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Rodrigues Justin Cronin!


message 34: by Ayesha (new)

Ayesha Ashley wrote: "I find it difficult to pick between Cronin and Blake. I thought they both had just the right edge
me too..cant decide between them.



message 35: by Reading.Tea (new)

Reading.Tea The soft whining whisper "Help me" should be the last words for her to let go out of her body before the shadow crawled out from the dark and became a montrous creatures with long arms that reached out for her fragile soul. It closed its ice cold fingers around her throat and she finally let go.


message 36: by David (new)

David JUSTIN!!!! Freaky! Kendare's too.


message 37: by Robin (new)

Robin Justin!


message 38: by Emma (new)

Emma Justin's was pretty creepy, yet kinda funny. I loved Kendrare's and Clive's


message 39: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Eisenhauer They are all so awesome but Justin rocks my world:)


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I'm thrilled you're doing all this for Halloween week =)

Those lines were great. I have to agree the last one was best.


message 41: by Beth (new)

Beth Carpenter The first three that were presented. I would definately go out and buy those books just from the first sentences alone.
The last entry didn't really grab me the way the first three did.


message 42: by Joann H (Sshh!!! I'm reading) (last edited Oct 26, 2015 11:39AM) (new)

Joann H (Sshh!!! I'm reading) Let me try!!!!!:

With a racing heart and sweaty palms that were instantly chilled by the shockingly frigid doorknob, she opened the door and entered. It stood there, tall and encased in shadows as dark as the abyss behind it, waiting.


message 43: by Kaori (new)

Kaori Justin cronin was the best


message 44: by Rainbowgirl (new)

Rainbowgirl Blake's the only one that actually gave me the creeps


message 45: by Saiyara (new)

Saiyara That was scary, really terrific


message 46: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Vogel Liza opened the door to the nursery, but the baby was gone. Where his downy head should have rested, a strange curve of blood lay, which resembled a partially formed question mark or the number seven.


message 47: by Ibrahim (new)

Ibrahim Amin My mum said God always listens to little children. If I collect enough of their tongues, maybe he'll listen to me as well.


Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ Clive Barker's for the win...


message 49: by Ezra (new)

Ezra Clive Barker's indeed!


message 50: by Dalia hassan (new)

Dalia hassan the one of justin cronin for sure


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