Book Lists, Book Recommendations

-| Creepy Reads… I Want to be Scared |-

So, obviously it’s spooky season and I’m really in the mood for creepy reads, here’s 5 that are either on my bookcase, libby app or wishlist.

*insert creepy voice here* Read on if you dare…

Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!
It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while…

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski 

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalised youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original coloured words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

Into The Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…
Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…

The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2) by Thomas Harris

FBI trainee Clarice Starling has an elusive serial killer to hunt.
Only one man can help.
Psychopathic cannibal Hannibal Lecter…
The serial killer nicknamed ‘Buffalo Bill’ has been capturing and starving women, then murdering and skinning them. FBI rookie Clarice Starling is assigned to solicit help from imprisoned psychopath Dr Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter, whose insight into the depraved minds of serial killers is second to none.
But in exchange for inviting her into the darkest chambers of his mind, Hannibal begins to probe at hers, demanding knowledge of her childhood demons as the price of understanding Buffalo Bill’s.
Clarice knows how dangerous this man is, and the terrible things he can do with this information. But women are still disappearing, and time is running out…

Do you have any recommendations?

See you in the next one…

18 thoughts on “-| Creepy Reads… I Want to be Scared |-”

  1. I read flowers in the Attic and the books that followed over 40 years ago when they first came out, so scary that it was that long ago. You also have my all time favourite book there which is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I have read that book numerous times and it never seems dated. I also have the original black and white film which I remember watching when I was quite young and it terrified me especially the ending. I have seen remakes but nothing beats the original.

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  2. I didn’t know that The Silence of the Lambs is a book 😮—it has a movie adaptation, right? My tired heart can’t take horror books like it used too, but I’ll keep these books in mind haha 😅. I’ve actually been meaning to read Into The Drowning Deep, so maybe I’ll get to it this season. Nice post 😁.

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  3. Ahhh, I read Flowers in the Attic when I was a teenager… so creepy!! I actually read a lot of V. C. Andrews’ books. And then I found out that after she had died her estate hired ghost writers to continue writing books in her name… weird!!

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      1. I remember that as soon as I read it, I went out and borrowed all the books in the series – so I guess that’s a good sign?! Honestly, it was about 20 years ago… so I can’t really remember!!

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  4. I really want to read House of Leaves – it sounds so intriguing! I think my favourite horror I’ve read is probably Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King (sorry, stereotype). It’s more a psychological thriller than an outright horror but definitely worth checking out.

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  5. I want to re-read Flowers in the Attic since I was probably 16 or so when I originally read it. And my daughter, who is not a reader, really enjoyed Rebecca. I need to pick that one up, too.

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