Scaretober Books

A few Sundays ago, I posted about a Flavorwire list of the 50 Scariest books. Naturally, before I posted the link, I went through the list to see how many I’ve read. As I’m not a huge fan of scary books, I’ve only read 8. Here they are.

It by Stephen King — I honestly don’t know why I read this. Probably because it was a book on a list of books and I like reading books on book lists. Needless to say, I was not able to take a bath again for a year after reading this (note: I read most of it in the bath to begin with). And no, I won’t watch the movie, even if Tim Curry is the clown. Especially if Tim Curry is the clown.

American Psycho — One of the girls I supply for suggested I watch this movie. Because of my weirdness, I had to read the book first.  And it freaked me the heck out.

Dracula by Bram Stoker — I managed to get through high school and a degree in English Literature without reading this. My first read came when I was teaching British Literature during my student teaching. And I loved analyzing this in the context of the Victorian Era in England.

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood — I also read this during my student teaching. Unfortunately, there were so many other things going on that I don’t remember it.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson — I saw the movie first, and it creeped the crap out of me. Which means that the book didn’t scare me near as much.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding — I thought the inclusion of this book on the list was interesting. But I guess that’s because I found it more intriguing than I did scary.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alan Schwartz — Someone explain to me why this book gets banned.

1984 by George Orwell — Big brother is watching. Didn’t you know?

These are just the books from the list. Skeleton Creek, The Name of the Star and Unwind all scared me the first read through, too. What books have you read that scare you?

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