This week’s Top Ten list over at The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten books for Halloween. This one’s easy, I read plenty of scary books. Of course the real stuff is often much scarier, but here’s my list of favorite fantasy/horror books. Not surprisingly, plenty of children’s books make this list. I don’t know why but the scarier children’s books are, the more we love them. In order of scariness…
1) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I’m a recent Bradbury convert, and most of his books aren’t scary, but this is one of the eeriest books I’ve read. I will never look at a carousel the same way again.
2) It by Stephen King. I could name a lot of his books in this category. But with It, Stephen King took every fear a child ever had and packed it into one book. Sewers, clowns, scary giant birds, spiders, this book had it all. King is great at taking the things you see every day and making them really scary.
3) Any of the short stories by Roald Dahl. Okay, anything by Roald Dahl.
4) The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. An easy pick.
5) Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The movie is frightening and the book is better. (Cornelia Funke’s books are a good runner-up.)
6) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. I can still hear my camp counselor reading this one. Thump, thump…
7) The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. I’ve never gotten this one out of my head. I keep meaning to read her other stories.
8) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
9 )The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Forget the Twilight series. You want vampires, werewolves, and some truly scary villains, they’re all here. I love these books.
10) Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez. Because horror can be funny, and no one seems to have read this guy.