Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

I haven’t been reading all that much seeing as I’m coming up to my last week at university – hence the lack of reviews. I’m currently swamped in papers and notes, and working on not one but FOUR major works. Only dying a little bit. Nonetheless I was actually really excited to do this Top Ten Tuesday (that and I’m procrastinating big time here).

I actually have a party on Halloween night and can’t believe it’s not even Halloween themed! Evidently it’s not all that cherished Down Under. I love horror books but (the movies I can’t stand – go figure) and actually have had to dwindle it down to the top ten that have scared me worst. Unfortunately I just can’t have STEPHEN KING listed for each one, so you’ll be delighted to see how wide I’m branching out here!

  1. Misery by Stephen King – what I said they weren’t all going to be him. This one almost made me shit myself. I have no bloody idea what was going through his head when he wrote this one but I was twisting in discomfort each chapter. I honestly wanted to chuck the book in the freezer like Joey did in friends when it proved too much.
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  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – this one is creepy! It’s more of a thriller than horror, but I’m counting anything that scared me as horror. Flynn has you on your toes the whole time in suspense and kind of hiding under the covers a little bit too.
  3. The Passage by Justin Cronin – technically this one shouldn’t even count because I’m only halfway through, but it gets pretty dark and creepy with the mutant vampires staking out the human race and all (sans glitter).
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  4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – probably the least scary on the list. As if it doesn’t get you into a halloweeny kind of mood. It’s eerie and spooky and I love it best.
  5. The Devouring by Simon Holt – love love LOVE this one! It’s a bit gruesome and a little mortifying… actually haven’t read it in ages. Totally going back to re-read it now.
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  6. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – Yes it’s too lovely to be on this list and now you’re probably thinking I have no idea what scary is but that book gave me nightmares! If how Susie Salmon was murdered didn’t scare you then I really don’t want to know what does.
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  7. ALL OF THEM. by R.L. Stine – The ultimate Halloween series in my opinion. These were my childhood. Bless.
  8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – because this list needs a little bit of a classic in it, something classically terrifying!

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  9. The Witches by Roald Dahl – something for everything! As if you didn’t get scared with this one. I don’t know why I read it so many times if it scared me!
  10. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe – the iconic to finish it off. Nothing says horror like Edgar Allen Poe. NEVERMORE. See, I spooked you just with that.

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