Spooky Reads

Posted Oct 24, 2014

With Halloween just around the corner, we’re highlighting some of our scariest books to keep you up at night.  Whether you’re looking to explore the terrors of imagination, challenge your comfort zone, or get a grasp the darker side of humanity, there’s something on here that will keep the pages turning…

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Feeling macabre, aging rock star Judas Coyne purchases the suit of a dead man, but soon he’s on the run for his life once the suit takes on a life of its own.  Craddock McDermott, the malignant spirit that haunts the suit, has a personal vendetta against Judas and seeks revenge for his step-daughter’s suicide.  However, things aren’t as clear cut as they seem as Judas and his girlfriend Georgia uncover more about their frightful situation as well as themselves.  In a fast-paced plot full of twists and turns, Hill presents classic horror mixed with gross surprises, complex characters, and the timeless battle between good and evil.      

Tales of Mystery and Terror by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe, one of the most recognized writers of all time, presents thirteen short stories that are sure to make you tremble.  For example, The Tell-Tale Heart examines the dark power of guilt that will drive one mad; The Fall of the House of Usher delves into the somber anguish of isolation and familial bonding; and in The Pit and the Pendulum Poe heightens the sense of danger and fear with apt descriptions of gruesome torture.  True to the Gothic horror tradition, Poe captures our imaginations with the psychology of nightmares and terrors of the soul that will stay with readers long after finishing the stories.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

After a mass pandemic leaves the world stocked full of vampire-like creatures, Robert Neville is the sole human survivor immune from the affliction.  Hunting creatures during the day and hiding at night, he hopes to find a cure for the disease in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.  Haunted by flashbacks of his deceased wife and daughter, Robert struggles with his daily existence until he meets Ruth, a disheveled woman who lost her husband at Robert’s hands.  Originally published in 1954, I Am Legend reads like contemporary horror stories popular today and is an inspiration to several zombie/post-apocalyptic books and movies.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

In the sequel to Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs features former forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.  After a slew of horrendous murders occur, F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling reaches out to Lecter in attempt to track down “Buffalo Bill,” a grisly killer who kidnaps overweight women, starves them, and then skins their bodies before dumping their remains.  The plot thickens when a senator’s daughter is taken, and Lecter has the opportunity to make or break the case.  Jump inside the criminal investigation as well as into the nauseating mind of Hannibal Lecter in this all out unforgettable thriller; check it out today!

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