For some reason when the weather changes from humid and sweaty to crisp and clean, one of my favorite things to do is curl up with a big ol’ bowl of popcorn and watch a terrifying, sleep-with-the-lights-on movie. It’s actually the ONLY time you will catch me watching a scary movie and my limit is like one, maybe two if the first fell more on the suspense side that horror side.
Maybe it’s because I just had a baby or maybe because I’m getting older, but in the past year, I seem to have developed a terror threshold. I couldn’t handle some of the scarier ones; the effects were just too real! I decided to head to Library. Even though books can be equally downright scary, my visual imagination has to be more tame than a Hollywood make up artist.
Here are my picks of stories that will seriously have you on the edge of your seat:
1. I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. This is one of those novels that alternates between one story and another every other chapter leaving horrifyingly wonderful cliffhangers until near the end, you find out why they’re connected. Alternating between a group of friends who set out with the intention of renovating a dilapidated home into a bed and breakfast and a psychologist who starts out investigating a vandalism case that quickly leads to details about his missing son, they come to learn ghosts, twists, hauntings and suspense are their common bond. It’s event based on true events, which I know, I know, whatever that means, but in my opinion, still makes the story better.
3. Dracula by Brahm Stoker (annotated by Leslie Klinger. Because vampires are so hot right now. Because the origin of the blood sucking legend is really rather interesting!
4. The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal. Quite the interesting opinion that social and historical events directly impact the portrayal of horror in our media.
If those don’t do it for you, head on over to goodreads and check our their horror category to pick your own titles or if you’re a traditionalist and want to stick to the horror flick, check out this list available to stream on Netflix. Read or watch, make a night of it and don’t forget the popcorn!