Top Ten Horror Books

Top Ten Horror Books

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Top Ten Tuesday

Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share a Halloween freebie this week. I’m going with the obvious choice and listing my top ten horror books. I thought about listing my top ten horror movies that are based on books but I don’t think I’ve ever watched that many horror movies! I’m such a wimp! Also, I generally love Stephen King’s work but he doesn’t need any more publicity, so I’m avoiding him on this list. So here they are, in no particular order.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Devolution by Max Brooks

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

Classics of the Macabre by Daphne du Maurier

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

That’s my list! Have you read any of these? Did they scare you as much as they scared me? Which books did/would you choose? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!

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  1. I read NOS4A2 but I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I liked a couple of his other books (The Heart-shaped Box was a favorite). But I’m also not a Stephen King fan. His books are too long and need a good editor. But I do enjoy the story concepts and some of the movies based on his books are really good.

    Loved Devolution. That was a fun one. I also really enjoyed MY Best Friend’s Exorcism. Creepy and I loved the ending.

    Monstrumologist has been on my list for a bit now. I really need to get to it. And the LIzzie Borden series looks fabulous. Daphne Du Maurier’s collection looks really good too. I didn’t know she had written one. I’ll check the others out. Great list!

    1. I liked The Heart-Shaped Box too. I like King but I know what you mean about needing an editor to cut down on the length.

      Monstrumologist scared me to death. I read it when I was working days and my husband was working nights and I’m not sure I slept while I was reading it. It might have been a case of right book, right time but it’s probably scared me more than any other horror novel I read.

  2. I loved Odd Thomas and have read it three times, which is very unusual for me. There are parts that are quite scary, but overall, it’s fairly tame. Nothing like The Shining or It (by Stephen King).

    1. Tastes change! I’m surprised I’ve read so much horror this October. I’ve pretty much only been able to focus on YA fantasy since the pandemic started. I thought horror would be a nonstarter. The real world is scary enough as it is right now. But I’ve been reading plenty. I guess it reminds me things could always be worse? 🙂

    1. I think Odd Thomas should be pretty safe for you. Odd is such a great character. The du Maurier collection might be okay although it was surprisingly disturbing too, but more in a Twilight Zone kind of way.

  3. I reallllly want to read NOS4A2. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to that one yet. Same with I Am Legend. I LOVED that movie but haven’t read the book yet. Happy reading!

    1. NOS4A2 is so good! It’s my favorite of Hill’s novels and he would be fairly high on a list of my favorite authors. I Am Legend was scary for me primarily because of Neville’s utter isolation. I don’t know if I’ve watched the entire movie but I’ve seen enough to know that it has very little in common with the book. I do like what I’ve seen of the movie though.

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