So Halloween is here marking the end of summer. What better way than to stock up some spooky, scary novels to last us this winter as we prepare to spend more time indoors . Here is my pick of scary books. I think I should buckle down and give them a read (Horror is not my favorite genre. I don't understand the need to scare myself senseless. I seriously don't! But I think I should give it another try). What do you think about these? Do let me know which is your favorite horror novel of all time in the comments below.
The Woman in Black By Susan Hill
Published October 18th 2011 by Vintage (first published 1983)
The classic ghost story by Susan Hill: a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town.
Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Mrs. Drablow’s house stands at the end of the causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but Kipps is unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind its sheltered windows. The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images—a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black. Psychologically terrifying and deliciously eerie, The Woman in Blackis a remarkable thriller of the first rate.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Published March 7th 2000 by Random House (first published 2000)
Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams. (Description as it appears on Goodreads.com)
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
Published October 10th 1997 by Scribner (first published 1973)
These 11 spine-tingling tales of the supernatural bring to light the author's interest in the traditional New England ghost story and her fascination with spirits, hauntings, and other phenomena. Fine line-drawings by Laszlo Kubinyi enhance the mysterious and sometimes chilling mood.
The lady's maid's bell (1904)
The eyes (1910)
The triumph of night (1914)
Miss Mary Pask (1925)
Mr Jones (1928)
Pomegranate seed (1931)
The looking glass (1935)
All souls' (1937)
(Description as it appears on Goodreads.com)
Maya's New Husband by Neil D'Silva
Published January 2nd 2015
Maya's New Husband is an Indian horror tale. It is a story of a woman named Maya who plans a future with a man she doesn't know anything about. As her new life begins, secrets begin to slowly tumble out. This is quite a bold story, so be warned. (Description as it appears on Goodreads.com)
Do tell me about your favorite horror novel of all time in the comments below!