This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about getting into the Halloween spirit. I love Halloween. It's my all time favourite holiday and I plan my costumes starting November 1st and then work on them all year. Yes, I'm a tad obsessed, but who doesn't love a night where you can be anyone you want to be and get free candy while doing it? So here's my list of spooktacular books to get you into the Halloween spirit!
What's Halloween without some good old fashioned vampires. Rice writes them so normal that it's frightening. You just never know what's living in the shadows.
2. Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready
Imagine living in a world where you can see and communicate with ghosts? There is no hiding from them unless you are in a black boxed room. Smith-Ready downplays the scariness of this as it's not the main plot point, but it still gives me the creeps.
Cas is a ghost hunter. The thought of that is scary enough. And Anna is a vicious ghost that shows just how powerful spirits can be. This book might have given me nightmares.
4. Carrie by Stephen King
I Honestly haven't read this, but I wanted to include King on the list because he is the king of suspense and terror. His books are those of nightmares and he writes them flawlessly.
Poe creates a frightening scene just with his words. Even in his short stories, he captures your spirit and crushes it. Other tales worth noting are The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. Anything by Poe is perfect for a spooky night lit only by candles.
6. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Griffin has taken Poe's dark tale and created a fantastic YA book of it. Living in a world where plague and disease has taken over, what is there to live for? Griffin transforms his world into her own with just enough of his terror to keep you thinking.
An underrated zombie book of perfection. It's not really about the zombies, it's about surviving and it's perfect for teens and adults alike. The horror outside is downplayed but the thought of what's out there is enough to keep you reading to see if anyone will survive.
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is one of the books that started it all. Along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Stoker's Dracula captures the essence of the horror that lives on the streets with us. Dracula will steal your breath away and follow you even after the last page.
A zombie series with a fresh take. It's reminiscent of The Village and I think that makes it scarier. Everything is old and run down and the zombies are just on the other side of the dying fence. This series will stay with you and haunt your dreams.
10. Fear Street by R.L. Stine (or Goosebumps if you prefer)
Simple, easy, horror. These were the books I read in high school and couldn't get enough off. Each tale had a gruesome twist and the sheer, average, terror of it was enough to keep me up at night. Stine has a way with plots. His books are simple, yes, but they still leave you breathless.