Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Scariest Books

Here it is again, the fabulous list crazy meme from The Broke and the Bookish! This week we are exploring the top ten scariest books, just in time for the day of ultimate spookiness-Halloween!

Now let me begin that I generally tend to shy away from scary books as a rule. I don't have much stomach for scary. My first scary movie was Nightmare on Elm Street at a slumber party, and I was so freaked out I had to call my mom to come get me because I was afraid to sleep. It has of course been downhill from there.

So here are my top ten scary books!

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker. This book is the grand daddy of scary books. This one book began a phenomenon that lingers today-our fascination with vampires. Without it we may never have had Twilight-- well don't blame him for that. It's still a great book.

2. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. Powerful witches living in the heart of New Orleans. How cool is that? But there is a dark force that has connected generations of the Mayfair family, and now Rowan, who almost escaped when her mother moved her to California when she was little, is back to face that force head on. Is she strong enough to endure? Such an awesome book, and the sequels are equally fantastic.

3. Pet Sematary by Stephen King. I haven't actually read this book-I saw the movie. And this is why I will never read the book. The premise alone gives me the willies.

4. Lisey's Story by Stephen King. This one is considered to be more benign than his straight up horror books, and this is why I read it. But it creeped me out like only King can. I was only able to read this one in daylight.

5. The Nanny Diaries by two chicks whose names I don't remember. It is scary that a book can be this bad. I cower at the very thought.

6. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. The king of twisted and his masterpiece. The ominous repetition always has me shaking in my boots.

7. Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Even in print this thing is scary, but mostly because it shows us that there is a dark side to ambition, which is present in each and every one of us, just waiting to manifest itself.

8. Sphere by Michael Crichton. The scariest creatures in this book are located in the minds of the main characters. No one is safe from their own mind when it turns on you. Scary!

9. Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. When your own mom decides you are cramping her style, look out and watch what goes into your food. This book is very sad and scary at the same time. 

well there they are, my top ten (well 9. I'm tapped out) scary books in all their glory. How does it shape up to your list?


Brenna said...

Haha, The Nanny Diaries. That's funny :)

Red said...

Haha, I like that The Nanny Diaries made your list :)

I like that you've included Macbeth on here. It is a pretty horrifying tale.

Straylights said...

Michael Crichton wrote about some scary stuff! Miss him! Great list

My Top Ten

Sarah said...

Even though you shy away from scary books, you've still read a lot more than I have!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I laughed out loud when I got to The Nanny Diaries. I read this and thought it was pretty ridiculous myself...then, they went and made a ridiculous book into a ridiculous movie???? Ridiculous and Scary! ;)

Bibliophile said...

Good choices - and nice to see a bit of comic relief among the dark and creepy.

readerbuzz said...

I don't read scary, so the only one on your list I've read is Nanny Diaries. Agreed on that one.

Kayla + Cyna said...

Hm, I only ever saw the Sphere movie, but I wasn't a fan of the ending. Did the book end the same way?

LOL @ the Nanny Diaries.

Chelle said...

I have The Nanny Diaries waiting on my to be read shelf. It might have to wait a lot longer. lol.