Some reading suggestions for Halloween:
Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property—complete with boathouse and swimming pool—and the price were too good to pass up. Twenty-eight days later, the entire Lutz family fled in terror
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the insideof their new home seems to be without boundaries.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinster events.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Eleanor Vance is a 32-year-old woman who has spent her entire adult life caring for her demanding invalid mother. After her mother’s death, she is invited by Dr. John Montague to become part of a paranormal investigation team at Hill House. Eleanor is at first very happy, making new friends and feeling as though her life has finally truly begun. Eventually, though, the nightmarish happenings at Hill House combine with the all-too-human cruelty of Eleanor’s comrades to drive her to the edge of madness—and beyond.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
In this chilling portrayal of insanity, Shirley Jackson tells the story of sisters Merricat and Constance and their Uncle Julian, the only three members of their family who survived arsenic poisoning six years ago. The three live alone in their large house, isolated from the citizens of the nearby village, who believe Constance murdered her own family. While the three have all slipped into various degrees of insanity, even more horrifying is the cruelty of the villagers toward the three family members.
It by Stephen King
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Author Ben Mears, a recent returnee to his home town, slowly realizes that “the Lot” is being gradually taken over by an old world vampire and his familiar. He joins forces with some of the locals to fight back and—at a terrible cost—eventually triumphs.
The Shining by Stephen King
Jack Torrance sees his stint as winter caretaker of a Colorado hotel as a way back from failure, his wife sees it as a chance to preserve their family, and their five-year-old son sees the evil waiting just for them.
The Ritual by Adam Nevill
Unexpectedly clashing with his three old University friends while hiking in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, Luke takes a shortcut that leads the group to an ancient pagan sacrificial site where they are hunted by a bestial predator.
I read somewhere a long time ago that Stephen King said The Hot Zone by Richard Preston was one of the scariest books he had ever read. It is seems very appropriate right now.
What are some of your favorite scary books?