If, like my husband, you can read at the speed of a maglev bullet train, you probably have plenty of time to read several scary books between now and Halloween. If, like me, you read roughly at the pace of a sleepy tortoise, you should have a creepy back-up plan.
Watch a movie!
Each of these movies won a Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay. I took the summaries from the Internet Movie Database, parentheticals are mine. Here are my personal top 3 faves from the awards list:
2014: THE BABADOOK (JENNIFER KENT)–A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. (atmospheric old-style horror, with plenty of creeping madness and a sympathetic lead)
2012: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (JOSS WHEDON AND DREW GODDARD–Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (I wrote a whole post about this! Read it here)
2004: SHAUN OF THE DEAD (SIMON PEGG AND EDGAR WRIGHT)–A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (this duo can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. This movie is funny, smart, scary, and moving, with great actors filling every role)
If you need more ideas, check out Daniel Kraus over at Booklist. He wrote two of my favorite scary books, Rotters and Scowler, and for the past several years he’s run the “31 Horror Films in 31 Days” Challenge. Great suggestions there!