I’ve always believed that horror novels and thrillers are more of an acquired taste in literature. I mean, why would you go out of your way to scare yourself right? But it’s October and we love a good spook. Here are 6 books that compel you to read them, even if they keep you up at night and give you goose bumps.
Neil Gaiman, personally, is the unrivalled king of creepy. He has this way of twisting the most mundane things into stuff of nightmares. Case in point: Coraline, a story of a kid who discovers “another mother” living in her dreams. But what if this perfect mother isn’t what she seems? What if she likes sewing buttons in your eyes and has been collecting souls of unwitting victims? The book is just as spine-tingling as the movie, so if you dare, give this one a try.
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The original gothic novel, published all the way back in 1764, it nonetheless still packs a punch despite archaic language. Set in medieval Italy, Manfred, the lord of the castle, has to resort to dastardly acts after his son is mysteriously crushed to death by a giant helmet on the boy’s wedding days. A twisting plot of attempted force marriages, imprisonments and handsome vagabonds entertains, as the brooding air of a ghostly curse forces the fingerbiting in anxiety over what might happen next. Throw in some surprisingly engaging heroines, and you will find the forerunner for the horror genre that started our macabre love affair with being scared senseless.
This nail-biting thriller is a huge contrast to the other, more popular works of its writer. Not familiar with Robert Galbraith? He also goes by the name of JK Rowling on some days. This detective novel is Rowling’s first work under the pseudonym and it doesn’t disappoint. The story revolves around the death of a supermodel who appears to have jumped to her death from her posh apartment. But did she? What ensues is one hell of a whodunit and a big, chilling reveal nobody would expect.
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve only read two Agatha Christie’s in my life and apparently I started with the end. Curtain is one of the last books ever written by Christie. It left me with a cold feeling in my chest. In what is to be his last case, Christie’s beloved Hercule Poirot attempts to uncover the culprit of five murders surrounding an estate. Ageing and sick, Poirot does the unthinkable in this last novel. This book will have you guessing and contemplating until the very end.
Don’t let the gory title scare you off. This is one of the tamer ghost stories out there, but it still brings the goosebumps. Cas Lowood is your typical teenager— save for the fact that he hunts ghosts. As he goes from town to town, he encounters a murderous ghost the local folk called Anna Dressed in Blood, a spirit whose grisly murder has stained her dress in— you guessed it— blood. Will Cas end Anna? Or will he be her salvation instead? That’s for you to find out.
A favorite mystery/horror graphic novel by two badass Filipino artists, Tan’s Trese series is a beautiful execution of story and art. More people should read this thing! Alexandra Trese is a private detective that handles mysterious crimes and murders at the heart of Manila. With cases like At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street and At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street, these graphic novels are delightfully original and full of home-grown terrors that will scare you like no other could.
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