1) Cycle of the Werewolf – Stephen King: First horror story I ever read. (Think I was 14…) Lost a lot of sleep over that one, and thinking about it still takes me back to the nervous feeling I’d get around Halloween as a kid.
2) The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling: You could always count on there being a good Halloween scene, and these books really capture the funner aspects of the holiday for me. (Friends, adventure, candy, etc.)
3) Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury: Man, is there anything scarier than carnies? lol Perfect example of a child’s fears realized by an adult’s perspective.
4) The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman: A book that is dark in the way only a child’s world can sometimes be dark. This one truly captures the spookier (less scary) side of the season, I think.
5) Pet Cemetery – Stephen King: Easily the story that has frightened and disturbed me the most over the years. Clearly, there is something fundamentally wrong with the concept of bringing back people we love from the dead, but it’s something I think many of us would seriously consider if given the chance. King makes us pay for the decision BEFORE we can put it into practice.
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