The thrills and chills of the Halloween season are upon us and they aren’t only for the little ones. This is the time of year that a book-lover pulls out a spooky novel, crawls under the covers and white-knuckles it until the clock strikes midnight. (Are those footsteps you hear out in the hall? They just might be.)
These books score high on the scare-factor and are, arguably, among the finest thrillers ever written.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: Ten strangers are lured to a home on an uninhabited island and one by one they are murdered. The group struggles to stay alive and discover the identity of the killer. This book is the quintessential whodunnit. It is also the best-selling mystery novel of all time.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: A professor and his three young cohorts rent a spooky mansion known as Hill House in an attempt to find scientific proof of the paranormal. This is a case of “be careful what you wish for.” When the caretakers won’t even spend a night here, you know it isn’t going to end well.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub: A group of elderly men, friends of fifty years, known as the Chowder Society reside in a small town in New York and gather to tell each other ghost stories. “What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?” they ask each other. The reply, “I won’t tell you that. But I’ll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me…the most dreadful thing.” As the Chowder Society spins its tall tales, we find out that they have done something dreadful and as a result have landed in a real-life ghost story. They are being pursued, but by whom…or what? Will they solve the mystery in time and live to tell the tale?
All three novels are best read while home alone. Enjoy. And feel free to share the scariest book you’ve ever read. Can you top these?