I was not planning on reading a lot this Halloween because Stranger Things is coming back with a new season, but I am now. I frankly do not know why.
If you know me, you know that I hate reading horror. Absolutely! But I gave a little though and I came to the conclusion that maybe I do not like the genre so much because I haven’t tried it much, not experimented with it often. Hence, I thought, what better time to read some horror stories and suggest some too? So I went on the internet and picked out the best of the horror novels with really interesting plots!
Here is my Halloween Reading List:
Song Of Kali by Dan Simmons
Song of Kali is a horror novel by American writer Dan Simmons, published in 1985. It was the winner of the 1986 World Fantasy Award. The story deals with an American intellectual who travels to Calcutta, where he becomes embroiled in mysterious and horrific events at the centre of which lies a cult that worships Kali.
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, his second published book. It sold over 4 million copies, “making it the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s.” The commercial success of the novel helped launch a “horror boom”, where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Ghost Story is a horror novel by American writer Peter Straub. It was published on January 1, 1979, by Coward, McCann and Geoghegan. The book was adapted into a film by the same name in 1981, minus the novel’s fifth protagonist character, Lewis Benedikt.
The novel was a watershed in Straub’s career. Though his earlier books had achieved a limited amount of critical and commercial success, Ghost Story became a national bestseller and cemented the author’s reputation.
The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs is a novel by Thomas Harris. First published in 1988, it is the sequel to Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon. Both novels feature the cannibalistic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter, this time pitted against FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling. Its film adaptation directed by Jonathan Demme was released in 1991 to box office success and critical acclaim.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box (2007) is the debut horror novel of author Joe Hill. The book was published on February 13, 2007, by William Morrow.
BONUS: A Stephen King novel for old times sake!