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?