1. Pet Sematary by Stephen King – I read Pet Sematary one fall when I was living in a small town in Arkansas. My apartment was at the bottom of a hill next to a dense and dark forest. I lived alone and stayed up late into the night reading about the Creed family and their discovery of a mystical burial ground that brings dead animals back to life. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much during and after reading this truly chilling exploration of death and grief. A very scary book.
2. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – This gothic novel set in post-war Britain is not really meant to be a traditional horror novel, but it is very spooky nonetheless. Dr. Faraday meets the Ayres family when he goes to their crumbling estate to attend Rodney, who suffers from PTSD. Something is haunting the Ayres family – is it supernatural or can it be explained by their poverty and vanished status in society?
3. The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin – Nicholas Close gains the second sight after a motorcycle crash. Unable to mentally cope with his new abilities he returns to his native Australia to live with his mother. Living in his family home, he begins to ponder the disappearance of his best friend from childhood and discovers that other children went missing too. What happened to them? Evil forests, pagan rites and witches make this novel a dark thriller.
4. The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle – Have you ever wondered about where Heathcliff lived before he arrived at Wuthering Heights? Clare Dunkle’s prequel to Emily Bronte’s famous tale is narrated by Tabby Ackroyd, the Bronte’s actual maid, who is employed to watch over Heathcliff at the brooding Seldom House. Lonely, bored and hostile, Tabby and Heathcliff begin to investigate their reason for being in the damp and isolated mansion devoid of adults. What they discover is a corrupt plan that puts their lives at stake. Gloomy, brooding and eerie, The House of Dead Maids is a fascinating vision of Heathcliff’s origins.
What are your favorite spooky novels?
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