Today, Elizabeth Eckhart brings us 6 books to get you in the Halloween spirit. Creepy!!
That time of year has come again. Colder weather is setting in, and people are reaching for books to help warm them up. Let’s look at just a few and get the hair on your neck rising and your sleep seriously disrupted.
American Psycho – This novel is written by Bret Easton Ellis and is often referred to as one of the most disturbing modern classics. The story is told by a serial killer, Patrick Bateman, who doubles as a businessman. American Psycho was released as a film in 2000 with Christian Bale flawlessly portraying the charming sociopath Bateman. What makes this book terrifying is the fact that Patrick Bateman could be any one of us.
The Shining – Stephen King is a renowned author of horror novels. The Shining tells the story of a five-year-old boy, Danny, and his family who have just moved into the Overlook Hotel where his father has become the new caretaker. Danny has psychic abilities and begins to see people in what is supposed to be an empty hotel. There is a sequel to this book, Doctor Sleep, which follows Danny, who is now middle-aged. The Shining was also made into a movie in 1980, which starred Jack Nicholson as Danny’s father. The film (which is easily available through services like Netflix and DirecTV) has managed to surpass the book as an iconic part of American pop culture and is highly recommended for some frightful watching this time of year.
Dracula – Most of us are familiar with who Count Dracula is, but this novel by Bram Stoker allows us to learn more about this infamous vampire. This story tells us of Dracula’s journey from Transylvania to England, his quest for blood, his attempt at spreading his curse, and his battle with Van Helsing and his followers. There have been many different stories told about Dracula and other vampires, in fact a search on IMDB shows 200 films, mini-series, shorts, and television episodes based around the iconic character. The most recent adaption of this horror classic, Dracula Untold, in theaters right now This novel will bring readers back to the beginning of the vampire stories.
House of Leaves – This story is about a family, the Navidsons, who return to their house to find it is haunted. Mark Danielewski makes the reader feel what is happening on the pages; his writing style transforms this story in a way readers would not expect. Readers will find this book to be quite different than others they have read in the past. There is an expansion of this book called The Whalestoe Letters, which contains correspondence between characters who are introduced in the first novel.
Books of Blood – Books of Blood is a collection of multiple horror stories by Clive Barker. There are six volumes in this series, each of which contains about five different horror stories. A lot of the stories within this collection have a fantasy theme to them; however, each story is quite different than the rest. Some of Barker’s stories contained in this collection have been put on the big screen as well.
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe – Edgar Allan Poe is known for his creepy horror stories. This book includes all of Poe’s poems and fiction stories. You’ll find some well-known stories, like The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven as well as others readers may not be as familiar with, such as Annabel Lee. Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems offer a disturbing factor you won’t find in other writings.
Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in horror stories. Gather one, a few, or all of these books and celebrate this spooky time of year.
What are your favorite scary books?