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Chills and Thrills for Halloween

Scary (or not) books for October

Over the past month, I was trying to get into the Halloween spirit by reading books that promised to spook me, scare me, and get my adrenalin a little pumped. None were really scary, but some of them definitely were worth the read!

The Ice Limit, by Douglas Preston and Lee Child

A thriller set in Chile, this is reminiscent of James Rollins' work. It was enjoyable and compelling, but kind of forgettable. Good for a rainy (or snowy!) afternoon.

Creepers, by David Morrell

Not as 'creepy' as it sounded, it started off in a supernaturally promising way, but then degenerated into cheap scares. Neh.

The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian

I liked Bohjalian's Midwives, but I think that story, about a midwife on trial, was more scary than this one. This turned out to be a plane crash (THAT was the only scary description in the book) PTSD story / ghost story / witchcraft / vampire-ish story. It got so ridiculous, it was laughable.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

Slightly creepy, kind of dated, twist at the end I kind of saw coming. This is the same author who wrote the short story "The Lottery"... ever heard of that? This is in that same vein - angry villagers, mob psychosis, creepy families. It was slow, but enjoyable to try and get inside the minds of the protagonist sisters.

Earth Abides, by George R Stewart

My hands-down favorite of this group. It wasn't really scary, but it involved a virus that mutated into something lethal and spread so fast around the world, that it killed most people in the world. The few survivors had to figure out how to live. The book lays put the question: what happens to the earth after man is no longer dominant? It then proceeds to answer that question in a plausible way. It's well-written, and timeless (was actually written in 1949 - only a sprinkling of dated references).

I'd love some recs for next year... what's the scariest book you've ever read?

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