Oh, the Horror! Reads that will Give You Shivers
Looking for some Halloween reads to send shivers down your spine? Check out some of these horror titles this month.
Classic Horror Reads
Carrie by Stephen King
Carrie is a classic fast-paced horror read sure to get your skin crawling. Carrie is a troubled teen whose powers of telekinesis wreak havoc on a small town in Maine.
The Shining by Stephen King
The Shining has been called “back-prickling” and “haunting” – a King horror read that you will not soon forget. English teacher and writer, Jack Torrance, brings his family to a Colorado hotel to work as a winter caretaker, but hotel spirits attempt to ruin their stay.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Readers looking for something that dives deeper into the paranormal horror spectrum may find this paranormal possession is just what they need for a good scare. The Exorcist tells the story of possessed twelve-year-old Regan and her mother’s attempts to cure her.
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Rosemary’s Baby is a witching and strange horror tale sure to haunt readers. The author tells the story of young couple, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, who move into a New York apartment with a history of experiments and murder. When Rosemary becomes pregnant things really take a turn for the bizarre.
Newer Horror Reads
Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle
Devil in Silver is a disturbing tale full of psychological suspense to keep the reader turning the page. Pepper was recently admitted to the New Hyde Mental Hospital and after joining forces with other patients, he sets out to take down the creature lurking in the halls a night. They call the creature the devil and anyone could be its next victim.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box, written by Stephen King’s son, is said to be “gleefully morbid” and without a doubt creepy. Heart-Shaped Box tells the story of a semi-retired Rockstar who collects creepy artifacts, and his latest addition to the collection is a heart-shaped box with a ghost inside. When the ghost is released, no one is immune to its hypnotizing abilities.
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Passage is a read for the post-apocalyptic monster-loving readers who are looking for something inhumanly creepy. The Passage tells the story of an orphan girl and the FBI agent who is protecting her who are now charged with saving the human race from a virus that creates vampire-like creatures.
The Terror by Dan Simmons
For readers who enjoy historical fiction, The Terror is a creepy compelling depiction of the lost Franklin expedition of the 1840s in which 200 men disappeared on two naval vessels. The captain of the naval vessel, The Terror, is the protagonist of the story which is infused with science fiction, fantasy and horror elements.
World War Z by Max Brooks
World War Z is a horror read for all the zombie fans out there. Brooks tells the story of the zombie plague from numerous viewpoints, like a collection of short stories.
The Troop by Nick Cutter
The Troop is a disturbing and suspenseful story that is sure to fill the reader with horror. Cutter tells the story of a boy scout troop camping on an island off the coast of Prince Edward Island. They meet a victim of a military research experiment gone wrong and must fight for their lives after the island is quarantined by the military.
2017 Horror Reads
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
The intricate plot of Universal Harvester is sure to make the reader want more. A bored video store attendant begins getting complaints and finds something strange on one of the store’s VHS. The videos have been tapped over by black-and-white footage of frightened people in a barn. Soon he tracks the source of the strange footage and links it to disappearances.
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
This horror read will haunt the reader long after the last page – look out for the twist! Four writers are invited to stay at the infamous Finch House for one night. The evil they awaken within the house follows them and threatens their life. Will the protagonist, best-selling author, Sam McGarver survive the legacy of Kill Creek?
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman
Black Mad Wheel is a bizarre science fiction tale with a nonlinear storyline. A group of U.S. Army WWII servicemen and bandmates are asked by the government to use their musical knowledge to identify and investigate the origin of a maddening sound coming from a desert in Africa. The protagonist, Philip, wakes up from a coma and begins to experience flashbacks of the events that took place in the desert.
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Little Heaven will certainly deliver the horror along with some thought-provoking questions about family, love and community. A young girl is kidnapped by a monster to settle the score with her father, leading her father to gather his friends and go after her.