Something Scary To Read

A fellow reader asked me to recommend a scary book to read. I would like to share a fuller response than I offered my friend for any of who this October would like read something scary. As usual, I hope this will help you. If would like to comment or add any of your favorite scary books please feel free to and I hope you have a fantastic October.

I have made it no secret that my favorite novelist is Stephen King. I have spent hours exhilarating in the words and stories of this most famous writer from Maine. I have been lost in his story, glued to the page horrified that one of his monsters would leap from the page and throttle me. I have eagerly ripped into each of his new yarns. I feel let down almost heartbroken that there will not be a new King novel this fall. My only consolation is that in 2013 we will have a double feature, two new novels—Doctor Sleep and Joyland.

King has many good books. I would start with either Salems’ Lot (vampires) or The Shinning (haunted house, psycho dad), though if you want a big scary book I would pick up It (demon clown). Any of those three would be good to start with on King’s scary books. However, The Green Mile, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63 or some of books that would not be called scary but are still very good stories.

I would pick either—

Salems’ Lot (439 pg) involves writer Ben Mears who returns to the town where he lived as a boy between the ages of 9 through 13 in Maine to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood only to find his isolated hometown infested with vampires.  He discovers that the residents are all becoming vampires. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears convinces a small group of believers to combat the undead. The story climaxes with a battle of the good and evil.


It (1142 pg) a promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. What was it? Read It and find out…if you dare!

For other scary reads not by Stephen King look at the following.

Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour (1035 pg) is extraordinary, impressive story with lush prose, dense atmosphere, and gothic tension. The tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches—a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being. The first novel in her series “Lives of the Mayfair Witches.” The novel begins the tale of a family of witches, and a spirit that has guided their fortunes for generations.

Dan Simmons’ Carrion Comfort (800 pg) the second novel by World Fantasy Award-winner Simmons draws on a variety of genres—horror, science fiction, political thriller, Hollywood roman a clef centers on a small number of “mind vampires” who can subjugate other people to their wills, read their minds, experience through their senses. The immensely powerful vampires use others, often bloodily, and often in frivolous “games” (hunting human prey, chess games with human pieces, and so on). While he could have trimmed the novel by a third, Simmons has produced, overall, a compelling thriller.

I hope this will help you find a scary read to enjoy. I, myself am reading Anne Rice’s Witching Hour and then I might pick up King’s It. May you find something good to read turn off the boob tube and enjoy words on a page.

Until next time, keep reading.


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