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I don’t normally enjoy scary books (or movies or television shows), but Halloween is a good excuse for me to scare the pants off myself with some good spooky reading. Here’s my list of books that should be read on Halloween.
1. Lucy (Laurence Gonzales) – I read this book just in time for Halloween last year. It’s been called the “modern-day Frankenstein,” but instead of dealing with reanimating the dead, it deals with genetic experimentation and the first half-human, half-ape: a girl named Lucy.
2. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – Of course this book makes the list. Not only was it written on a dark and stormy night, it’s full of creepy science experiments and corpses and other awful things. A story all about how playing God never ends well.
3. Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux) – Ghosts, murderers, doors hidden behind mirrors, secret passages, falling chandeliers…what’s not to love?
4. Graveminder (Melissa Marr) – Ghosts who are also zombies (kind of). Definitely creepy.
5. Heart-Shaped Box (Joe Hill) – This book is definitely out of my comfort zone, and so far it’s done a good job of giving me the creeps. It’s about an aging rocker who finds a “haunted suit” for sale online and buys it, only to realize that the suit actually is haunted, and that the spirit attached to it has a personal vendetta to settle.
6. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (Mary Roach) – Okay, so this isn’t a creepy book. But it’s all about the science of the afterlife: are there really ghosts, and can some people really talk to them? Where does the soul reside? What’s beyond that “white light” that everyone claims to see when having a near-death experience? And because Mary Roach wrote it, you know it’s as hilarious as it is well-researched and fascinating.
7. From Hell (Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, and Pete Mullins) – The story of Jack the Ripper in graphic (extremely graphic) novel form. Despite being a weirdo and bit of a jerk, Alan Moore is a genius storyteller, and this story gave me nightmares.
Okay, readers. What books scared you silly?