In the mood for a good scare this Halloween? Here are four horror books we dare you to read after dark.
Stephen King’s The Shining is the ideal place to start if you’re looking to stay up all night. It follows Jack Torrance, a struggling writer who starts a new job as a caretaker at an isolated haunted hotel. Sanity faces off against supernatural forces, with terrifying results. They don’t call him the King of horror for nothing.
The Hunger, by Alma Katsu, is a retelling with a twist, following the Donner Party on their journey west. As if the details of the real-life event weren’t scary enough, Katsu adds a supernatural component to crank up the nightmare fuel. In a Tweet, Stephen King himself specifically warns readers of The Hunger not to read it after dark. You can’t say you weren’t warned.
Tender is the Flesh
Speaking of cannibalism, Tender Is the Flesh is a tough read to stomach at any time of day. The dystopian novel, written by Agustina Bazterrica and translated by Sarah Moses, tells the tale of a possible future world where humans can no longer eat animal meat and cannibalism has been made legal. It’s a traumatizing read stocked with social commentary that will keep you up at night.
The Only Good Indians
The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones, is a chilling tale about childhood friends, culture, and vengeance. Following the events of an elk hunt gone wrong, our characters must face off against an evil entity with a side of social commentary. It’s brutal, violent, and scary – the perfect bedtime story.
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