Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spooky September Challenge - Top 10 Spookiest Books.

I'm participating in Parajunkee's Spooky September Challenge! Today's writing prompt is Top 10 Spookiest Books.  These are not in any particular order.  

1. Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz.  I think this is one of Koontz's superior novels.  It's about a young man who can see demons, who walk among us.  One day he has to flee his hometown and finds refuge in a traveling carnival.  But, it's not the last he sees of the demons.

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker.  While a bit difficult to read at times, it really is a classic.  Some seriously messed up imagery gave me chills.

3. Beautiful Sorrow by Mercedes M. Yardley.  This was not just creepy but a beautiful collection of short stories and poems.  Mercedes knows how to make dark fiction a masterpiece.

4. Bag of Bones by Stephen King.  I listened to this on audio and it was narrated by King.  So, there's that.  This book is about a writer, Mike Noonan, who has writer's block after his wife's death.  He retreats to a town in Maine and collides with the supernatural and a town secret.  It has a haunting quality and scares that are expected from Stephen King.

5. Dr. Sleep by Stephen King.  A follow up to The Shining, this story follows Danny Torrance into adulthood as he has to battle evil once again in the form of a vampiric cult.

6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  This is one of my favorite books of all time.  Libby Day is the sole survivor of her family's massacre.  Twenty five years after the crime, she meets a young man who is in a group who believes that her brother, who is in jail for the crimes, is innocent.  Libby and he go forward into investigating.  This is a gritty, dark and raw thriller.  There are twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end.

7.  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This is a fun YA supernatural thriller.  It has ghosts, great characters, and a fun plot.

8. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons.  A group of pre-teens in the 60s, fight evil in their hometown.  Lots of scares and coming of age moments.  Soooo many creepy scenes!!!

9. You Come When I Call You by Douglas Clegg.  This novel was like recalling a dream.  To be honest, I don't remember a lot about it, but I remember people in a small desert town battling evil.  While I don't necessarily remember specifics, I will never forget how this book made me feel.  This was actually the first novel I read by Clegg and he has never disappointed me. 

10. Pet Sematary by Stephen King.  Okay, remember how I said that this list was in no particular order?  Well I left this one for last because it scared the living crap out of me.  I don't get scared easily, but this was heart thumping, horrifying and at times even cruel. 

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think of them?  What was some of the spookiest books you've ever read?


Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I don't think I've read Twilight Eyes! I might have to track it down. Koontz didn't make my list, but I strongly considered putting down Coldfire by him, because it scared the crap out of me... might have to do a re-read when I'm picking up Twilight Eyes. ;)

And Doctor Sleep was soooooooo good, I liked it so much more than The Shining, plus now I'm scared of RVs.

Confuzzled Shannon said...

You know I have seen many of Stephen Kings books made into movies and have seen those movies so many time I am not sure if I read the book too. Pet Cemetery is one of those, so is Christine and Firestarter.

ParaJunkee said...

I was waiting for your list! I have to read Flynn's Dark Places, in fact I just downloaded the audiobook. I also need to read Yardley...heard great things. :D Thanks for doing the challenge with me!

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