A weekly meme by The Broke & The Bookish
It’s my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday and it’s a Halloween freebie day. So here’s my top 10 creepy books in no particular order:
- Rebecca by: Daphne du Maurier
This is a classic tale about a young woman who moves to a remote estate after marriage. She soon becomes suspicious of the house’s occupants and starts to investigate. This wasn’t super creepy, but I do remember feeling concern and suspense as the main character goes about her investigation.
- The Shining by: Stephen King
This is one of the scariest books I’ve ever read! It wasn’t just the obvious scary parts (although those scared me), but I was also very creeped out by Jack’s mental state as he remembers the past and processes his present circumstances. Remember the “Friends” episode where Joey tells Rachel to read The Shining? 🙂
- Black-Eyed Susans by: Julia Heaberlin
I read this mystery last year for the R.I.P. challenge, and it definitely grabbed my attention. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and sympathize with the character who knew something wasn’t right, but couldn’t always explain or prove what was wrong.
- The Woman in Black by: Susan Hill
This is a great classic Gothic novel! I haven’t seen the movie, but this book is a great story that grabs the reader’s imagination, but doesn’t go overboard and cause nightmares.
- The Historian by: Elizabeth Kostova
Once again, this isn’t incredibly creepy, but it’s very atmospheric and leaves a lasting impression on the reader. The main character is on a search for Dracula so you can imagine that there’s some suspense to be found within the novel’s 700 pages.
- Frankenstein by: Mary Shelley
This novel is probably expected to be on a creepy book list, but I wouldn’t say it’s as scary as people who think about the typical Frankenstein’s monster think. Not only is the idea of a “monster” on a quest for revenge a scary thought, but the concepts of creating life and the responsibility of that creation is disturbing.
- The Quick by: Lauren Owen
I would like to read this book again. It has some chilling and suspenseful moments as well as being an interesting story. A woman searches for her missing brother in Victorian England and discovers mysterious and dangerous people in the process.
- Bird Box by: Josh Malerman
Wow, this post apocalyptic story had some very suspenseful moments! There were times where I couldn’t put the book down. It was easy to feel scared and horrified along with the blindfolded character.
- House of Leaves by: Mark Z. Danielewski
I didn’t enjoy all of this story, but it sure was creepy! Also, creepy things kept happening to me while reading this book and I was beginning to think the curse at the beginning of the book was real.
- Dracula by: Bram Stoker
Like the previous book on the list, I didn’t enjoy the whole book overall, but it also had some memorable creepy moments that have stuck with me over the years. It’s a classic and, like Frankenstein, worth reading just because of how influential it has been on modern culture.
What’s a creepy book you’ve read? I’m always looking for ideas for the annual R.I.P. challenge and I actually enjoy suspense any time of the year!