I’m not one for scary things, normally. All I need is a silent dark house and I could weep in terror but in the spirit of All Hallows Eve (and to make sure I continue to blog regularly) here a five books guaranteed to scare you.

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

totTrick or Treat,
trick or treat,
candy is dandy,
but murder is sweet.

Point Horror at it’s best – teenage Alice was horrified. (As was adult Alice when she re-read it, that was a great night….) There’s nothing quite like murder, creepy houses and middle of nowhere locations.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

twilight“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

A guy stalks a girl to the point where she develops Stockholm syndrome – terrifying! Need I say more really.

The Rats by James Herbert

trNot quite as scary as I was lead to believe it was, but certainly very disgusting. Think about all the vermin wandering around secretly near where you live, then make them huge and bloodthirsty.

No thank you!



Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

f“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel…”

Of all the Gothic horrors I read in University (Dracula, Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde etc..) Frankenstein was the scariest. There is something absolutely terrifying about both death and cheating it. The thought of a monster coming to life and haunting its creator is enough to stop me sleeping for a week. This is the closest you’ll find to a zombie on this book, they (along with moths) are my greatest fear.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

ttt“As for you, you are alive. But it’s not the same as living.”

This combines all the wonders of a Gothic tale but is written by a modern author. It has the feel of Rebecca or Wuthering Heights, with twisted family dynamics and wild unkempt children. Twins marred by separation, violence and death. It’s wonderful!

What frightens you?

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
EireneAliceJenny @ Reading the Endsurreyedit Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

newest oldest most voted
Notify of

@nomoreparades Great collection! I think I found Dracula *slightly* scarier than Frankenstein. Although both absolutely terrifying, obvs.

Jenny @ Reading the End

Ahahaha, your summary of Twilight is so good. Did you read the live-tweet of the genderswapped Twilight? Cause it is EQUALLY TERRIFYING that way. http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/1096137.html?page=1


I haven’t read Trick or Treat and The Thirteenth Tale, but I guess I’ll do that now! As for The Rats, it doesn’t sound very nice…