I wanted to list all the scary movies that are worth watching for Halloween, but I thought to myself, why go for movies if reading something scary is better than seeing it on the screen? To have to picture a whole horror story in your mind while reading, is a much better experience than having to put up with bad actor choices or low quality movie effects.
I’ve collected all my favorite scary reads that I think are worth reading… Happy Halloween!
Memnoch is the fifth volume of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and also the most controversial book I think she’s ever written. She digs into religious themes and even goes as far as making up how some things might have or might have not happened in the times of the creation according to the Bible, all the way to when Memnoch was punished to Hell. Memnoch is also a name used for The Devil, who stalks Lestat during the beginning of the book. I really want to write more about this book but I fear I might have already spoiled it a bit just by telling you this! If you buy it, do not read reviews or descriptions about it before you get the book and read it. This story really is engaging and scary – of course. Just be aware that Anne Rice messed up with Theology a lot to write this book, in case you are very religious.
The second book in the basket is called Tempo Fechado and that is the Brazilian title of Whiteout, by Ken Follett. The book is about a virus that is stolen from a high-security laboratory, and Toni Gallo – our charming protagonist and head of lab security – has no idea of the nightmare that might be ahead of her when she tries to find out how and why some samples got stolen. The story is set during a very white winter, and involves a lot of important families intrigues as well!
I took a closer shot of the book because the cover is quite nice, as you can see on the picture above.
I also took more pictures of Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King because I thought this book deserved a bit more of a spotlight, since it basically represents the spirit of Halloween!
This book is a collection of short scary stories by Stephen King, that even inspired a Tv Series by the same title that aired on TNT. If you like quick reads, then you’re up for a treat! These are short stories and you can finish the book easily or just enjoy a story or two every once in a while.
Those three books on the picture above are all thriller mysteries. If you like a good plot twist, Cruel & Unusual by Patricia Cornwell is a nice murder mystery read.
Break no Bones by Kathy Reichs is a follow-up of another book called Crossbones. It’s a murder investigation story starring the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, that is a recurring character in the Temperance Brennan Series. This author also inspired the Tv Series “Bones” that airs on Fox.
Now, I haven’t finished The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz myself, but this is the same author as The Shadow of the Wind – an international best seller. So far, this is my favorite quote of the book:
I don’t suppose you have many friends. Neither do I. I don’t trust people who say they have a lot of friends. It’s a sure sign that they don’t really know anyone.
Obviously Interview with the Vampire is a classic, and I couldn’t leave this book out of this list. Maybe you have seen the movie – if you didn’t then be sure to watch it tonight – and thought it was enough, but as I have said before, reading is better! So naturally the book version is far better.
I have saved the best for last! The last crime fiction novel I read was Criminal, by Karin Slaughter. I’ve been collecting her William Trent Series ever since I bought my first book by this author. Trent is an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and appears in many books as the main character. Criminal goes deep into his past and brings a lot to the surface. His boss Amanda, also has her past featured in this story. This book gave me the chills and I must confess it was hard to read at times. The main crime of the story is rather cruel, but I guess that’s what made it so real. This is one of those books you have to come back for more and you might even carry it around with you, in hopes that you have a chance to continue reading during any break you might have! I didn’t drop it until I finished it.
These are all my Halloween-worthy reads! I hope I have inspired you to pick up a copy of at least one of these titles. Happy Reading!