The first one’s usually pretty okay. Perhaps some concepts or ideas you haven’t encountered before. Then there’s a sequel, and most people are in one of two camps: “Yay, they’re making another one!” or “Ugh, they’re making another one.” By the time the third one rolls around you know what to expect. Usually this is the one that continues all the motifs, maybe wraps some things up, but mostly it’s what you’ve seen before.
My third scary books list is no different. The same things that freaked me out years ago freak me out now. It’s just that I find them in different books every year.
So here you go, the third installment of my favorite scary books! I’ve also got print copies of my favorite scary books lists on my Horror Display at the library.
Marie’s Favorite Scary Books, Part III: The Revenge of the Scary Book
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
A creative, gory, and enjoyable zombie read. I talked about it on the blog here.
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
A ghost story reminiscent of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, but with a chilling magic all its own. Click here to read more.
Severed by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, art by Attila Futaki
Human horror at its finest. A tale of a monster on America’s highways, searching for victims. The artwork is brutal but gorgeous, striking a distinctive and effective balance. This is the blog post about it.
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
A tale of abuse and survival, and the monsters that lurk inside all of us. Thinking about it gives me a bad taste in my mouth. You’ll understand when you read it and get to the end. This one set me so sideways I never wrote a post, so here’s the Goodreads page.
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Let’s end on a relatively peppy note! Read my blog post about this inventive, scary, and clever new title here.
I’m not going to say “The End,” because I want to leave the door open for a fourth installment in October 2015. Maybe I’ll set it in outer space. Or somehow go back in time and do a prequel list.
During Horror Time, the possibilities are limitless.