Trick or Treat!!!!
No, wait a minute, there are no tricks here, just a treat of my five favorite horror novels. So, Happy Halloween! Yeah, that’s it. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
5 The Shining by Stephen King- I love haunted house stories. The only thing better than a haunted house is a haunted hotel, and this hotel is haunted with a capital “H”. As I got deeper into the book, the tension and horrors ratcheted up until the final climax. This is the book that made the word “Redrum” famous. This book was turned into a movie (where Jack Nicholson famously poked his head through a destroyed door yelling “Here’s Johnny!”) and a television mini series. Read this one with the lights on. Like, all of them.
4 Ghost Story by Peter Straub- When the first sentence you read in a book is “What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?”, you know you are in for a treat! There is a society of older men who gather and trade ghost stories. A young man enters the group with a ghost story of his own that ties all of them together. I was up all night finishing this book, had to go to the bathroom, heard voices and hopped back in bed and held it until thr sun came up! Yes, it is that good!
3 The Wicked by James Newman- Among my favorite type of horror novels are the ones set in the south, especially the mountain area of North Carolina. James Newman really got me in the feels with The Wicked. This book deals with a family moving from New York City to a small mountain town, Morganville, NC. The Little family moves in an attempt to repair their broken lives, only to find that there is an evil entity that wants to feed on the souls of the townspeople, especially the children. Having moved from New York to the Mountains of North Carolina, it was almost like he looked into my head and saw the uncertainty that comes with that kind of move.
2 A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay- In this day and age of reality television, what is better than a show about a family where one of the children is possessed by the devil? That is what you get with Paul Tremblay’s novel A Head Full of Ghosts! The Barret family is being torn apart by the onset of schizophrenia in their fourteen year old daughter. The doctors cannot help. The local priest suggests an exorcism, and a television production company gets involved. The only thing scarier than a possible possession is what happens at the end!
1 The Red Church by Scott Nicholson- Like I said before, I love southern horror, and no one serves it up better than Scott Nicholson. The Red Church is one of his best books. The town of Whispering Pines is a typical small southern town, except for the Red Church that sits on the way home for 13 year old Ronnie Day. Ronnie’s life is full of problems; his parents are separated, his brother is a pest, he cannot find Jesus in his heart and his mother wants him to attend midnight meetings at the red church, with pastor Archer McFall. The three main families: The Days, The Littlefieds and The McFalls all share a history of betrayal and guilt, and Archer McFall convinces his congregation that he is the Second Son of God whose congregation must proves its faith by cleansing their sin in blood. Creepy? Yes. Does the terror mount? Yes! Must you read this book? YES!!!