Darkness shrouds the night about me. I clutch at the blankets and burrow deeper into their fleeting comfort. Then a scratch at the door pierces the stillness. Thrusting a hand out, I grasp desperately for my sleeping protector. What is prowling just outside the door? Is it a fanged monster perhaps or some troubled poltergeist?
Setting my Horror novel aside, I discover kitty playing with a discarded rubber band. The heart stopping tension stays with me, however, as I crawl back in bed. Why do I read scary stories before bed time or at all? Heart pounding, shiver inducing tales of horror have been told around campfires of centuries. We humans love the thrill of being scared. Here are a few of my favorites:
Classic Horror Tales
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Modern Horror Favorites
- The Stand by Stephen King (So many others!)
- Relic,The Cabinet of Curiosities and other Agent Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
- Just about any story by Dean Koontz
- True Blood series by Charlene Harris
- The Narrows by Ronald Malfi
- Bird Box (the book not the movie) by Josh Malerman
- The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
Have I missed one of your favorites? Please share in the comments. I’d love to add a good book to my reading list.
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