This list is super late, I know. I’ve started building this since last week and I’ve been so busy with work and partying (it took me a whole day to recover from last Thursday’s hangover). If you’re looking for something to read this weekend then I suggest you take up my Halloween Reading List – if your stomach is ready for it.
10. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (novel)
Horror Score: 5/10
This is such an awesome pairing and a great book to start with – light and hilarious. This is the first time I’ve actually laughed about the Apocalypse. The second time was this movie – This is the End. (Disclaimer: I’m a huge Pratchett fan)
9. Chew by John Layman (graphic novel)
Horror Score: 7/10
The story revolves around a “cybopath”, someone who can find out what happened to food or anything s/he eats by chewing it. Such is the life of Tony Chu, an FDA inspector, thrown into world food crisis. This can get a bit graphic, but its humor easily makes up for it. Interesting, original and fun. 11/10.
8. The Jaunt by Stephen King (short story)
Horror Score: 8/10
If you like sci-fi and mind-fuck, you should read this short story, which might have been overlooked in King’s sea of famous novels like It, The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie, Needful Things (my favorite), Under the Dome (now a TV series) etc.
7. Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire (graphic novel)
Horror Score: 7.5/10
A rare new breed of hybrid human-animal children are the only ones immune to a strange pandemic that has swept the Earth into chaos. Survivors hunt these hybrids for research, food, money or for sport. This post-apocalyptic graphic novel is both shocking and depressing. I cried a few times in a short span of 25 issues.
6. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (short story)
This is a collection of mystery stories that are most likely precursors to locked-room mysteries, cyphers and dropping false clues in the art of detective storytelling. Highly enjoyable if you enjoy detective stories and archaic English.
5. Sandman by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
I don’t believe Gaiman has topped this one yet. The unfolding of a great mythos paired with art to scare the sleep out of you – will get you hooked on the first volume. I’m glad I got to see a graphic novel growing into a classic.
4. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell (children’s book, compilation of short stories)
Horror Score: 10/10
Reading the stories without the art will be completely pointless. Make sure you get the first edition – it is so freaky, it has been banned in the US. The drawings will scare you so much, you’ll peel every page like a band-aid – well, that’s just me. This lady reminds me of the demon in the Spanish film, Rec.
3. A Treasury of Victorian Murder: The Beast of Chicago by Rick Geary (graphic novel)
Horror Score: 9/10
Geary tells such good accounts of historical horror – every story is way better than fiction, because all of them are strangely real. I recommend this if you’re interested in reading about murders and how they happened – in a very factual and sometimes humorous way. His account of Jack the Ripper, also a part of this collection, is a fascinating read as well.
2. The Nightmare Factory by Thomas Ligotti (collection of short stories)
Horror Score: 9/10
I’m a big Lovecraft fan and I think no one has ever come close to his kind of storytelling than Thomas Ligotti. The dread comes very slowly, gets disturbing and leaves you hanging like dishrag. Poetic and emotional. Make sure to read “The Frolic”.
1. The Best of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft (compilation of short stories)
Ah, who doesn’t love a good Lovecraft story? If you haven’t read him, start out with the “The Dunwich Horror” and “The Thing at the Doorstep”. Seriously, I think this guy has seen things.
If you like something a bit shorter but can still give you nightmares, try www.reddit.com/r/nosleep or if you find listening easier, subscribe to RelicRadio (The Horror) or Old Time Horror on your Podcast app on iTunes.
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