Super 6 Books that Scared The Bejeebus Out Of Me!
As a kid, I LOVED books (duh!), but I particularly loved books that would scare the hell out of me. And I paid the price, after reading books like The Shine, It, etc. at like 10 or 11 — I am still a (tiny) bit afraid of the dark. But, there is something about a book that can scare you — it is a controlled scare, which makes it fun without a lot of risk. SO, here are six of what may not be the most scary books in the world, but six that definitely scared the bejeebus out of me.
The Ghost Next Door
YES, it is a Goosebumps book, which should be relatively tame when it comes to scary books. But I read this book SO many years ago (I don’t even want to admit how many… but here’s a clue: A person born the same year that it was published is of legal drinking age. Yeah.) and it STILL sticks with me. When I first read the book was completely freaked out and couldn’t sleep when I found out the twist. Of course, it helped me figure out the plot to The Hours, so there’s that.
My Stephen King obsession led me to Dean Koontz. In fact, I’m pretty sure I picked this book up off my grandpa’s book shelf one summer when I was bored. I don’t remember how it ended, but I remember it was WEIRD and CREEPY and I couldn’t sleep (but mostly that was because I was reading.)
War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
Just the idea of a world like this is terrifying.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Walking Dead got me over my fear of zombies. I thought I was immune to their terrors… until I read this book. I found myself turning my lights on a couple of times while reading.
The Solitary Series
This book (and the entire series) was just plain creepy. I hid under the covers and refused to read the book when I was in the room by myself. It was TERRIFYING and so different from anything I had read before. This is one series I won’t soon forget (especially the terror).
If you read it, you know. This book is responsible for my years-long ban on all things scary. Although, I don’t regret reading it, I don’t think I can bring myself to reread it and go through that terror again.
So… what are some of your favorite books that scared the crap out of you?