For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I shared some of my favorite Halloween reads – scary books that I already read and loved. But today, I’m going to share some of the scariest books on my TBR (to-be-read) list. Some of these are books I’ve wanted to read for years, others are new to me, but they all look really great. I make it a habit to read scary books around this time of year – especially Stephen King. Last year, I read his book of short stories, Full Dark, No Stars, and this year, I went for a classic: The Shining. Let me know what you’re reading this Halloween in the comments!
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker. I went out and bought a copy of this book the day I finished The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, which was probably sometime around 2009. So, I’ve had it for a really long time. I even got the full cast audiobook, but only made it through a few hours. Still, I really want to read this, if for no other reason than that it’s a classic.
2. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I have a weird relationship with this book: I really like it, but I can only read a little bit at a time. I’ve picked it up twice so far, and am still only about halfway through. I will finish it eventually.
3. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I’ve wanted to read a Joe Hill book for a while, and that desire only increased when I found out that he’s Stephen King’s son. I’m planning on picking up either this one or Horns soon, because they sound really good! I’m also really interested in his graphic novel series, Locke and Key.
4. Misery by Stephen King. What would this list be without the master of modern horror? There are a lot of Stephen King books on my TBR list, but I think Misery will be next because I love the movie. Even though it makes me cringe every single time I watch it. Who doesn’t love Kathy Bates?
5. The Call of Cthulhu by H. P Lovecraft. Lovecraft is one of those must-read authors that I haven’t yet read. What better to start with than his most well-known story?
6. Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere lately, and I’m really curious. I don’t know too much about it, but what I do know sounds very intriguing.
7. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Another book I don’t know much about, but my cousin recommended it to me. The same cousin who introduced me to Stephen King back when I was way too young to be reading Stephen King. He knows what’s good.
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Yet another author I have yet to read – I really need to figure out how to read faster. Anyway, I’ve heard amazing things about Patrick Ness, and this novel in particular, so I thought it’d be a great place to start.
9. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I actually saw the stage adaptation in London (back before it was a movie with Daniel Radcliffe), and it terrified me. So I think this is a good pick for when I’m in a mood for some classic gothic horror.
10. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. You didn’t think I’d put just one King novel on here, did you? I actually really enjoy his short fiction, and this is his newest collection of short stories which comes out next week (November 3rd). I’m really excited about it!
What horror books are on your TBR list?