Who doesn’t love a great horror story? If you’re looking for books to scare the crap out of you, there are approximately 1.2 gazillion options to choose from, but we’ve narrowed down the list to a few prime selections that are sure to give you the creeps.
House of Leaves
Unconventional, brilliant, terrifying… all these words and more can be used to describe Mark Danielweski’s 2000 novel House of Leaves.
This book is fascinating not only because of the tale it tells, but because of the manner in which the story unfolds. It contains various narrative layers and voices that create an uncommon depth and richness to the world in which a daring reader falls.
From Brandon O’Brien’s review at The Rumpus:
I would have never before contemplated the notion of the reader as explorer, player, code-breaker, and more until I myself had seen a novel that is its own labyrinth, that asks the reader to play, that trusts the reader to decode. I imagine not a lot of people confess to loving a book because it inspires them to write better rather than because it entertains or touches them, and I’m not saying that House of Leaves doesn’t entertain or touch. Above all, though, it challenges me. This book prompts me to write something like it, and to find other people who have done so or are trying. It forces me to ask myself whether breaking the mold with my own writing should include, at times, writing beyond the margins.
You can find the author on Twitter at @markdanielweski, and keep an eye out for his next big release.
Really weird, as in clocks blinking “00:00”, there’s a total absence of any people or animals… and then they begin to experience entirely different realities.
Has this turned into a trip to another world, or a trip inside their own heads?
Take a chance on this thriller to find out, but beware if this book sends you deep inside your own head, too.
Stephen King is the king of the horror novel hill, and we could pick any one of dozens of entries for this list, but with a movie remake on the way, It should be at the top of your reading list this year.
King’s classic took some people’s fear of clowns and made it a mainstream phenomenon. Seven adult friends return to their hometown of Derry, Maine to confront an old terror from their childhood, in the hope of saving a younger generation. Old fears are often the worst fears, and that’s exactly what they run into in this landmark horror novel.
Need a little more convincing? Just check out the trailer for the new It movie…
If that doesn’t give you the creeps, you may want to check your pulse!
Books to Scare the Crap Out of You
These are just three selections to terrify a brave reader, but which are your favorites? Share your creepiest reads in the comments below… if you dare!