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Some of the Scariest Books I’ve Ever Read October 14, 2010

Posted by Evelyn in Audio, Fiction, Horror, Thoughtful Ramblings, Thrillers.

I love to read scary, thriller/suspense/horror books and have probably read hundreds, if not more. Probably some of the most famous scary books are The Shining by Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, or Ghost Story by Peter Straub. But, there a few less famous books  that stand out in my mind as the scariest stories I’ve ever read. 

At the top of my list is Intensity by Dean Koontz. OK, technically I didn’t read this one, but listened to the audiobook traveling back and forth to work. It is the story of Chyna Sheppard a young psychology student who is a guest in a Napa Valley farmhouse and becomes trapped in a fight for survival with Edgler Vess, a self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer.” All I can say is that as Vess creeps up the farmhouse stairs in the dark intent on killing the occupants  and feels a spider hanging from the ceiling hit his face, HE EATS IT!!! I looked down at my speedometer and it was at 80 mph. Enough said.

Next is The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, the story of  heavy-metal rocker Judas Coyne who likes to collect macabre things. (Think Ozzy Osbourne) When he receives an email about a ghost for sale,  of course he agrees to buy it.  “It” comes in a heart-shaped box containing a black suit, and ends up being the spirit of the dead stepfather of one of Judas’s ex-girlfriends who is bent on revenge. In case you didn’t already know, Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son and the old adage “like father, like son” is definitely true here.

For my final choice, I’m going to say Hell House by Richard Matheson. I looked all over for more of Matheson’s books after I read What Dreams May Come (great book but awful movie) and stumbled upon Hell House at my local library. It is the story of a wealthy publisher who wants to establish the fact of life after death and hires a physicist and two mediums to prove his case. They travel to a long-abandoned house in Maine, spending one long night there, and learning the hard way exactly why the locals call it “Hell House.”  This has to be one of the scariest haunted house stories ever written.

Reading some scary books of your own? Don’t forget to leave the lights on!




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