A great scary movie is always fun leading up to Halloween, but nothing beats reading a truly terrifying book. Movies are great because they show us all the same thing hoping to play on the fears of the audience, it works for some but not for others.
That's the great thing about books, each reader interprets them differently conjuring their own imagery. When it comes to horror books, the imagination can be a dangerous thing in some cases. Leading up to Halloween here are 10 books that will leave you sleeping with the lights on.
1. Pet Semetery - Stephen King
A perfect example of the book being far scarier than the movie. When I read this book for the first time I became not only scared but visually uncomfortable. What's dead should stay that way.
2. Dracula - Bram Stoker
Nothing is ever as good as the original. Bram Stoker gave us the original vampire and it even a century later it is still scaring people silly. One of my favorite books of all time.
3. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Again we go back to the beginning. When Frankenstein was written, science was no where close to where it is today, so the idea of creating your own monster truly did scare people. Still worth the read today.
4. Hell House - Richard Matheson
From the same pen that brought us I Am Legend, comes Hell House, a supernatural thriller. The house in question is said to corrupt and destroy all those who walk through its doors. Stephen King even called this the scariest haunted house book ever written.
5. Superstitious - R.L. Stine
What list of horror books wouldn't be complete without the first horror author that most kids are introduced to. Stine has done adult fiction, and Superstitious is a great read playing off of traditional superstitions and why people should pay more attention to them. You'll find yourself throwing salt over your shoulder in no time.