Halloween is approaching; it's time for carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, and of course, curling up with a good scary book. For your Halloween reading, here is a list of some of the scariest books and stories that we have ever read. Readers beware; these ones might give you nightmares.
"In the seventh grade I had an English teacher who invited her husband, a high school drama teacher, to read to our class. As he read Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-tale Heart" you could've heard a pin drop. It was riveting and obviously memorable."
"What makes this book scary is the fact that the ghosts are corporeal and kill people. They don't just say boo and induce a heart attack, they actually have the ability to savagely rip a person into bloody shreds."
"The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright was definitely right up my alley because I loved dollhouses and the idea of dolls moving on their own made me deeply uncomfortable as a child. The main character is a brave and resourceful girl who solves a murder mystery that adults cannot. The story gets bonus points for using the local library as a source for sleuthing!"
"Stephen King's short story "N." found in his Just After Sunset short story collection recollects the accounts of a psychiatrist treating a patient for delusional behavior but discovers that there is more to reality than we want to believe. WARNING: Readers may experience obsessive compulsive delusions after reading."
"This collection of short stories contains the two scariest stories I have ever read; The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Although its been years since I've read them, I can still vividly recall the sense of unease they evoke. Just thinking about either of them makes me shudder."