Ten Frightening Reads

It's always nice to have a surefire scary book to read when the trees begin to change and pumpkins start to pop up on doorsteps. Here we have ten great books, all good reads that will make you feel like checking under the bed before the lights are out. There are some classics, some newer stuff, and perhaps one or two you've never heard of - read 'em and creep.

1. The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty ($8)
Blatty penned this fictional retelling of a documented exorcsim that took place in the 1940's. The film based on the book remains a slumber party favorite.

2. Vampire Tapestry - Suzy McCee Charnas ($11)
You won't find a coffin, crucifix, or cape anywhere in Charnas's beautifully written and unique novel. You also won't be able to put it down.

3. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson ($10)
Hill House makes every other haunted house seem about as scary as the spooky ramshackle mansions in Scooby Doo.

4. It - Stephen King ($9)
What could be scarier than a creature that presents itself as the embodiment of our deepest fear? Pretty much nothing. We do not suggest tackling this one if you live alone.

5. Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre ($10)
H.P. Lovecraft's stories have inspired almost every modern day horror writer. He is the creator of forgotten creatures and worlds that make you sleep with the lights on for months.

6. Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk ($10)
Perhaps one of the most disturbing books ever written - people actually passed out during readings.

7. Edgar Allen Poe: Complete Tales and Poems ($10)
No one escapes reading at least some Poe in high school or college, but there is much more to the Baltimore Bard besides quothing ravens and beating floorboards. Take some time to explore Poe's tales of madness, obsession, love beyond the grave, and vagina dentatas.

8. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley ($11)
Victor Frankenstein gives birth to a freakishly big human collage only to be disgusted by his creation and the transgression against nature it represents.

9. Dracula - Bram Stoker ($12)
Dracula is the grandaddy of all fang fiction. Twilight's tormented Edward and True Blood's brooding Bill both reflect a degree of the Romanticism and mystery of Stoker's vision.

10. Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde ($8)
"Youth is the only thing worth having..." Wilde's Dorian Gray bartered his soul for perpetual youth and beauty. Perhaps had he lived today and had access to botox, chemical peels, and Dr. 90210 he would not have found himself in such a moral predicament.

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Faith Calvert

Posted on 03.04.10 at 2:40 PM

Wow, this is the coolest site. And I love that you guys have the stones to address the literary.
Whoever writes this should get a raise. Kudos.

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