Neither of us are big on horror, but we have read some unexpectedly creepy books! Another great Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Filled with devils and bizarre feats of magical realism, this is one of the scariest books I’ve ever read, even though it’s filled with mostly impossible events.
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
For a lighter spooky story of three endearing witches and some sad ghosts, Wyrd Sisters is a fun read.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The sinister can be found throughout this American journey filled with brushes with gods of all sorts.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
I can guarantee you’ve never read a story quite like this one. This piece of “historical fiction” follows Abraham Lincoln coping with the loss of his son while in purgatory. It’s completely bizarre and always entertaining.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
This lighthearted story of an ambitious chef trying to open a new restaurant turns seriously spooky when she abuses her newfound ability to reverse time.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Okay, I know I’ve picked this book for several Top Ten Tuesdays this year. However, I think this one fits what we’re talking about with this list, especially the scenes where Jane is convinced there’s a ghost or spirit in the attic and its really a “mad” woman.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness/Siobhan Dowd
There’s a physical monster, cancer, and a young boy who is defenseless against the world. It’s scary both physically and psychologically.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
This book surprised me with how dark it was; between Richard becoming invisible within his own life above the Below and terrifying creatures like Mssrs Croup and Vandemar, there’s plenty to chill the bones.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
I swear I had goosebumps the entire time I was reading this one. Told from the perspective of Merricat, an 18-year-old girl, the story is about the three surviving members of a family whom were mostly killed by poisoning. The surviving family members are isolated from the town and the rest of the world; an island of erriness. It’s the story of the killer and of the survivors.
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
Eric, the protagonist, wakes up with no idea who he is. He’s trying to put his life together when his living room floor disappears and he finds himself swimming with sharks, literally. Part mystery, part thriller, part everything else, this novel definitely kept me up until the wee hours of the morning.
Thanks for the warning, I’ll keep a pen and paper to hand while I read!
Thanks for this review, it’s a strong list! I’m not a huge horror fan either so my Halloween top five also includes a Terry Pratchett novel (after all, he has some great witches!).
Embarrassingly, I’ve never got round to reading The Master and Margarita. Is it worth giving a go?
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Thank you! The Master and Margarita is a dense one (I had to take serious notes to keep the character straight), but it was well worth it. It has some seriously creepy scenes and ideas.
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