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Boo! readers,

Halloween is almost here and that means we're discussing scary books! Please use this thread to discuss your favorite horror books and authors.

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tinybutvicious t1_itzanee wrote

The Haunting of Hill House, and everything else by Shirley Jackson!


okiegirl22 t1_itzc8ru wrote

We Have Always Lived in the Castle isnt straight horror, per se, but is so unsettling and strange!


tinybutvicious t1_itzks4u wrote

Technically, I have learned, Shirley Jackson is terror rather than horror. It’s so hard to find good terror writers!


okiegirl22 t1_iu0w7u2 wrote

Well, TIL that there is a difference. Good to know!


SkishyBear t1_iu401yt wrote

I just finished reading this and just couldn't get into it.


Brickwater t1_iu1owjv wrote

It took me a couple tries to get into it. But once I got past the beginning, I was sucked in.


PlantEater17 t1_iu2tefk wrote

I’m currently reading this! It took me a little bit to get into it, but now I’m enjoying it!


okiegirl22 t1_itz948m wrote

Shout out to the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series for getting me interested in horror when I was a kid! “Harold” and “The Thing” especially scared me half to death!


[deleted] t1_iu24o7c wrote

I am 34 and I read these every year. For nostalgia, and the notes/sources (at the back of each book) are interesting.


Reader124-Logan t1_iu4w6b1 wrote

As a librarian, I often recommend these to young fans and for parents. I wish they’d been around when I was a young horror fan. I read a lot of the Alfred Hitchcock collections, and I am still a devoted short story reader.


Soda_Books t1_iu04mkl wrote

Something Wicked This Comes, by Ray Bradbury - Has the perfect Halloween/autumn atmosphere. Wonderful story and prose as well.

Salem's Lot, by Stephen King - Terrified me. My favorite Stephen King story.

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson - Another great vampire novel. Has one of my favorite endings ever.

The Color Out of Space, by H.P Lovecraft - I personally think this is Lovecraft's creepiest story. Highly recommend.


korthlm t1_iu2hcay wrote

Do you need to read Dandelion Wine before you read Something Wicked This Way Comes? I see it’s the second in a series, but I’m not sure if it’s the kind where you really need to read them in the correct order.


Soda_Books t1_iu2wchq wrote

Something Wicked was the first one I've read so far from this series. From my understanding they are not connected in terms of story. So I think you can read in any order.


Mightymjolner33 t1_iu0g1dc wrote

I really tried to get into the Halloween spirit this year with my reading. This month I've read the following:

Something Wicked This Way Comes

From the Dust Returned

Halloween Tree

The Ruins

The Fisherman

The Troop

The Deep

The Canterville Ghost

Herbert West :Reanimater

The Call of Cthulu


epochpig t1_iu0pi0g wrote

Loved The Fisherman! Atmospheric/weird horror is my favorite (Lovecraft)


JTcards76 t1_itzb0vk wrote

Nick Cutter’s {{The Deep}} and {{The Troop}} are both fantastic also Justin Cronin’s {{The Passage}} which is a trilogy but the first book is one of my favorites.


okiegirl22 t1_itzc3gx wrote

The scene with >!the turtle!< from The Troop will haunt me forever.


Fast-Childhood-1165 t1_iu214c2 wrote

It’s on my TBR. Just started “Penpal”.


okiegirl22 t1_iu24dxe wrote

Isn’t this the one that was originally a r/nosleep post, or something like that?


Tayreads608 t1_itzc5nj wrote

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (The Sundial along with everything else she wrote is great)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (I’m counting it as horror)

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (In The Dream House is also worth the read)

Carrie by Stephen King

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (is there’s a book that feels more like autumn)


walkinmybat t1_itz5zpi wrote

Dan Simmons, Carrion Comfort: a louche pleasure but a pleasure

Bram Stoker's Dracula: still wonderful after all these years


korthlm t1_iu2huri wrote

People don’t recommend Dracula often enough! It’s SO good! I wish there were more very good literary classic horrors. To add to that list of excellent classic horror that doesn’t get enough recognition, I’d say give {{Rebecca}} by Daphne DuMaurier a read, and perhaps {{She}} by H. Rider Haggard (not so much Halloween vibes, more like The Mummy kind of vibes.)


walkinmybat t1_iu3p38n wrote

...yeah, I'm with you both barrels on Dracula... not so much the other two. I loved Haggard when I was 13... went back to him when I was 23 and thought it was awful. Testosterone-laden crap for jerking around kids who don't know any better. Sorry. I prefer to be jerked around in a more adult fashion lol... Rebecca I read when I was a goodeal more mature and afterwards wasn't sure whether it was really worth the time. Not the sensation I look for in a novel.

I was trying to find an example of Lovecraft that I could add and couldn't think of one - but he built strange new worlds, I'm sure you're aware. Wasn't The King in Yellow his? And Chthulu?

Well, and Poe. The Cask of Amontillado was perfect. For modern horror, probably Moby Dick, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Flies, Hilberg's book Destruction of the European Jews and Gitta Sereny's Into That Darkness... those last two are not works of fiction, but what they discuss is far enough in the past that we have bigger worries now...


JTcards76 t1_itzb9wd wrote

I’ve heard mention of Carrion Comfort several times but haven’t picked it up. I’ve heard people either love it or absolutely hate it. What did you like about it?


walkinmybat t1_itzoivx wrote

...ah, it's really indescribable... sorry. Anything I could say about it would give you the wrong impression, I'm sure. Part of the fun is its decidedly 20th-century (that is, premodern) view of evil - as though if we just defeat the Nazis we'll have nothing further to worry about. Kind of like sinking into an easy chair cause you know we DID defeat the Nazis, so we're fine, right? ...right? lol ...hollow laughter...


FredR23 t1_iu2b58x wrote

it's depressing, if you like that


MorriganJade t1_itzrp9n wrote

recently I loved We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson, The girl with all the gifts by Carey and You let me in by Bruce


Signguyqld49 t1_iu3npd7 wrote

Just about any of the stories in Clive Barker's Books of Blood.


Reader124-Logan t1_iu4wr3s wrote

Yes! I found them in a used shop as a teen in the 80s and recently purchased in digital for re-reading. They’ve aged really well.


epochpig t1_iu0qitr wrote

Laird Barron! The Croning is my favorite, but all his books and short stories are highly recommended. He uses folklore from the Pacific NW (who knew Washington State could be so spooky). Very similar writing style to Lovecraft with more of an outdoors grittiness.


Dana07620 t1_iu2w8dj wrote

Based on how tattered it is from all the rereads, it has to be The Stand by Stephen King.

Though the absolute scariest thing I've read in my adult life is the short story Kaddish by Whitley Strieber in the horror anthology Dark Delicacies.


Hey_Jonny_Park t1_itzqm21 wrote

1922 Bag of Bones by Stephen King

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Click Clack the Rattlebag Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman

The Dunwich Horror by Lovecraft

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

Most of these are short stories, and not all of them considered as horror, but i love all of those books equally (ok, i’m lying, i love “Click Clack the Rattlebag” the most)


rinzula t1_iu04pzd wrote

Anything by Darcy Coates


probablynotapossum t1_iu0pfg9 wrote

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes . I wish I could read it for the first time again


Stop_And_Smile t1_iu1vnxg wrote

I've recently started reading Stephen King, and I've loved what I've read so far. I started with Carrie, then Pet Sematary, then Misery. Pet Sematary is one of my favorite books I've ever read.


DanielKix t1_iu1vorx wrote

One I read every spooky speaks on for the past few years is The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp. It’s become a favorite!


herbalhippie t1_iu29i3x wrote

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson

The Legend of Hell House - Richard Matheson

Ghosts - Noel Hynd

City of Masks - Daniel Hecht

The first two are well-known but I don't think I've ever seen anyone mention the Noel Hynd book. I picked it up one day in a store when I was needing a book while on a roadtrip and didn't see anything else that caught my attention. It's a story about a haunting set on Nantucket Island.

City of Masks is set in New Orleans and is sort of a psychological thriller as well as a horror story.


FredR23 t1_iu2bba4 wrote

don't miss The Other or Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon


golden-abyss t1_iu37gco wrote

Shadows of the Playground -Jacob Grant & Kiana Walter follows a theme similar to Scary Stories to tell in the dark but the stories are WAY darker and more messed up.