In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”
The reason I’m including this is because of the unsettling feelings it evoked. What else is good horror if it makes you feel uncomfortable in your own home, your own skin? A story within a story within a story — it was the family and the house that gave me chills. A room appears that was never there before, and the dimensions don’t fit within the house. Eventually it becomes a passageway that no one knows where it leads to, but at some point, there are stairs that lead forever deep more hollow crevices for things you couldn’t possibly imagine, hiding to devour you. What’s worse imagining the unknown or actually walking to it?
If you love horror this is creepy!!
- EDGAR ALLAN POE: COMPLETE TALES AND POEMS (Edgar Allan Poe)
It seems that the best horror comes from the most troubled of minds, I recommend some of his short stories like, “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.”
Did you know that Poe was found incoherent in the streets of Baltimore, wearing clothes that didn’t belong to him? Creepy!
- THE HISTORIAN (Elizabeth Kostova)
Elizabeth Kostova writes of an amazing journey in the search of Dracula that spans generations with twists and turns and fears that they must face. The story spans from the Old World to the New World, from the mid-15th century to the years of the Cold War. IF you love any kind of vampire creepy book, do yourself a favor read this or Don’t! Not recommended.
- THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (Shirley Jackson)
There was a movie based off of this featuring Catherine Zeta Jones and Liam Neeson. Shirley Jackson’s main character, Eleanor, has a fragility that we empathize with, and we have a feeling that the house immediately preys upon it. Who hasn’t felt like Eleanor at one point? A dreamer and dissatisfied with the life she was leading, she jumped at the opportunity for a new adventure, a creepy book!
- THE SHINING (Stephen King)
This novel by Stephen King is probably one of my first books in horror, and I remember vividly how I felt as I read this late at night, in bed, and alone. There was a quiet dread that filled me and made my heart hammer in my throat. What makes this so great is not only does King create this architectural entity of evil, but we see with Jack’s devolution while also hoping Wendy and Danny will save themselves. There are some books that you can’t put down, and others that you have to so that your pulse can go back to normal and you can stop the images from taking over your brain before they leak into your dreams. This book will forever be a classic to me simply because of the fear it instilled in me!
Which CREEPY BOOK Would YOU READ?
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