Which are your favorite horror novels?
A good horror novel can be scarier than the scariest movie you ever saw. Most of the horror movies today were created after horror novels so maybe it’s time to start reading. Here is a list of top ten favorite horror novels that may prove better than the movie.
- Piercing, Ryu Murakami – This story is like no scary movie you ever saw. You get to meet a guy who feels the sudden urge to pierce the flesh of his baby. Trying to contain this urge he starts looking for a prostitute, in which he sees degradation, and tries his new hobby on her. The book is not actually very scary in a “boo” kind of way, it’s most like how and when does our brain switch the flip and makes us a serial killer. It could be you…
- The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty – if you were scared at the movie then maybe you skip this one. The book is a hundred time more terrifying because you feel the evil lurking under your skin and the monster crawling into your brain.
- Ghost Story, Peter Straub – the author is a master of the genre and this is one of his best stories. The story starts slow with a society of elderly men who gather around to tell stories from their past. No one gets to be murdered with tons of blood flying around, just a few old men sharing their past. Can you take it?
- Hell House, Richard Matheson – an author obsessed with haunted houses who paints a picture you will never forget. Hell House remains imprinted on your brain for years to come.
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood – a story that seems so possible some times. It’s about a religious society where men are the people and women are kept for breeding and labor. It’s something that, as a woman and a human being, terrifies you to the very core.
- House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski – another hunted house story. This one will make you feel the claustrophobia as you read and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t felt it before.
- The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris – we all know the movie and we all admired Anthony Hopkins in the lead but the book is way scarier.
- The Amityville Horror, Jay Anson – it’s a normal, paranormal story but what terrifies you the most is the possibility that everything is or was true at a given moment. At least that’s what the author claims.
- The Trial, Franz Kafka – a classic of this genre and a very accomplished author. Kafka says a story that would terrify anyone: isolation, misunderstanding and forces that have complete power over you. Aren’t those a few of our greatest fears?
- And the last of the top ten favorite horror novels is Books of Blood, Clive Barker. Extreme bloody stories with many terrifying scenes that are not for everyone. This book is somehow the ancestor of the horror movies produced today.