Despite living in the most high-tech phase of modern history there will always be idealistic and dedicated fans of one of the most classic forms of entertainment, Of course, we are referring to reading. So if you’re not into fancy films with super-expensive costumes and special effects, video games, TV shows, and any form of high-technology entertainment we selected 25 scary books that will keep you up at night this Halloween.
20. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
If you’re looking for just another scary monster story you might be disappointed with this one since this book is so much more than it appears to be. The writing itself is simple but also very effective and the beautiful illustrations fit in perfectly and enhance the imaginative quality of the story. This book is a must-read for anyone who seeks some generous doses of “sophisticated horror.”
15. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
If you’ve seen the Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp in the main role or the countless TV versions based on the headless horseman then The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of those classics that you can’t just skip. Additionally, make sure you’re okay with feeling chills crawl up your spine because we can assure you that you will feel many effects such as this while reading this classic.
10. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H. P. Lovecraft
More horrific than haunting, The Call of Cthulhu is the perfect example of H. P. Lovecraft’s incredibly morbid but creative imagination. Lovecraft is probably the most influential writer of horror fiction in history and here he explores the pervading power of cults and will probably astound you with his ability to illuminate the seemingly indescribable in nearly every story included in the volume. Additionally, his striking skill in elucidating unnatural, unworldly situations in such comprehensive, disturbing detail is simply one of a kind.
5. Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub
There are certain writers to whose work you can always look forward and Mr. Straub is one of the very few selected “horror artists” who never disappoints any true fan of the genre. This novel is much shorter than most of his previous work but this is because it was exceptionally well edited where not one word is wasted. The way the story shifts viewpoints between characters using both first- and third-person perspectives is very well done and gives you the sense of direct participation in the plot. The storyline moves swiftly and the conclusion ties up all the loose ends, as well as leaving us a little unsure of Mark Underhill’s fate.