You’re a prime candidate for scary books if . . .
- Netflix can’t keep up with you. You watch horror movies faster than they can add them.
- The selections at your local video store’s scary movie section don’t even faze you anymore.
- There is absolutely nothing scary — or good and scary — to watch on TV.
- You know your brain is starting to rot from watching too many stupid flicks. (Of course a rotting brain is also a sign of being a zombie, so be sure you know the difference!)
- Your language skills have become so bad some of your best friends are accusing you of being less than literate.
If any of the above sound even remotely like you, you need scary books and horror novels. Why? Because unlike other forms of entertainment that can bore you to tears through bad acting, terrible scripts and cliche plots, books use your imagination and whisk you away to other places. You participate in the story by using your own mental version to follow along.
It’s not your imagination if you think the world is getting gradually dumber and dumber. If you don’t think it could happen to you, just keep watching those bad horror movies. Before you know it, you’ll not want to watch anything else. And shortly after that, you’ll only be able to scream.
If you feel yourself getting slightly stupid, you needn’t wait until all the signs of idiocy manifest completely. Start reading today before you lose any more brain cells!
Recently, horror novelists like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Saul emerged to scare the living daylights out of people! But great thing is, they get and keep people reading. Of course the masters like Dickens, Poe and Hawthorne are an excellent choice (see this page for downloadable classics), to keep your braincells active and to expand your vocabulary. But for those who want more contemporary material, our list of scary books will help you find something to read.
For those who are seeking information on what books to read, feel free to read our reviews below. Everyone has their own taste and interests, but with time, we’ll have information to suit just about everyone.
Stillwell: A Haunting in Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash – A veritable page turner, this is the ghost story about a 300-year old ghost who was rumored to have been murdered by her husband-to-be. Paul, a realtor with a reputation for being able to sell anything, undertakes the task of selling the Stillwell estate, but its gruesome reputation and haunted history is an obstacle he most overcome. Riveting and highly recommended! Here’s what I thought of it…
The Shining by Stephen King – Perhaps you’ve seen the movie, but have you read the book? Here are six good reasons why this book is better than the movie.
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson – This famous “true” ghost story published in 1977 scared the daylights out of me. It’s a must-read for ghost story lovers.
Endurance by JA Konrath – A fast-paced horror novel that reads like a movie. The plot is along the lines of Vacancy or Hostel.
The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller, by Joe Hart – A fast read with deeply scary scenes, this is the story about a man who agrees to take care of a remote cabin and goes there with his handicapped son. There, they discover a dark secret lurking in the basement. A great ghost story for ghost fans and highly recommended. Find out more . . .
Ghost Box by Derek Neville – Being a security guard at an abandoned facility is not all that it’s cracked up to be, especially when calls come in from kids who disappeared decades ago. Some jobs just aren’t worth it. Read my reaction to this book here.
Cell by Robin Cook – Not a horror or ghost story, but a reviting thriller sure to satisfy horror and sci fi fans alike. Consider your smart phone and all the high tech apps that are cheap or free. What if your phone were your primary care physician and had the power to independently influence your health care? And what if that health care app had a flaw, resulting in the extermination of patients with certain medical profiles? Yet instead of wanting to fix the flaw, the makers want it in place to cut healthcare costs and will stop at nothing to silence those who know about it. A fast read and hard to put down!