Spook Yourself Out This Halloween with These Books.


Another 5 more days and it’ll be October. How time has flown by so quickly, hasn’t it? And in a few days’ time, y’all will be preparing for the Oktoberfest and Halloween. Free flow fun, food and frolicking on the streets with pretty little ladies in skirts and pigtails. Not to mention, the beer as well! Yes, we must not forget the kegs and barrels and beer taps.

And later on, everyone will be celebrating the end of October with a fiesta of fright and freakiness. The Halloween food and drinks, a smorgasbord at your dining table. The endless night of trick-or-treating for the children. Let’s not also forget the haunting and spooky sensation when watching classic horror movies.

So for the month of October, I tripped over a stack of horror books that you could pick up on your way home from work or school. Just head down to your nearest bookstore or library and select a couple of these titles. I could only find 8 but I’m pretty darn sure there are more than just 8 scary stories:

[1] The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories by Edgar Allen Poe

This book apparently ranks amongst his finest written collection of works. Considered to be claustrophobic and nerve-wrecking, the tale tells the story of Roderick Usher and his dead sister with one of the ghastliest conclusions of any ghost story.

[2] Under the Dome by Stephen King

The book’s plot takes place in a small town in Maine which has been sealed off from the world by an invisible force field. Nobody knows what the force field it is or how it even got there. As far as anyone knows, it’s on the sealed-off stage of the town where the best and worst of human nature will be displayed. Mysterious, isn’t it?

[3] Neverland by Douglas Clegg

This sinister tale had originally been published back in 1991, yet it is still as haunting now as it was then. Neverland is a Southern Gothic story about a 10-year-old boy who becomes drawn into a web of evil while on vacation with his family. There is a shack on the property of his grandmother which the boy’s cousin has named “Neverland” — and this is where reality gets blurred with nightmare. Not quite your kind of bedtime story, eh?

[4] Red Rain by R. L. Stine

Famously known for his Goosebumps and Fear Street series (stuff of horror that I grew up with yet not learning to appreciate the fine arts of fear), Stine returns with a title enough to send shivers down your spine.

Red Rain tells the horrifying tale of a woman who adopts two twin boys, orphaned by a devastating hurricane… Only to discover their true evil nature later on. No one had expected nor suspected that within a matter of weeks that their small town in Long Island would fall into the grips of unspeakable evil, as what had seemed like an innocent teenage rebellion suddenly turned into something much more sinister. Are you having any goosebumps yet?

[5] Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn

Not all the scary shit take place outside the comfort of our homes. Sometimes, the bumps in the middle of the night can happen in our very own backyard. There are few men who are as frightening to you or me, no more than Charles Manson, one of the most notorious serial murderers in the history of the world.

In this New York Times Bestselling biography, a new set of interviews and previously-unknown details of his life are included to help us understand Manson in the context of his time and why some of us still find ourselves fascinated with his criminal career.

Great. Just writing this post alone tonight is already giving me the creeps and it isn’t even October yet. Every sudden noise outside my condo makes me jump in my seat. When Fright Night comes round on October 31 and you’re thinking of reading one of these books, make sure you have a friendly sleepover with your pals or you might never want to turn off the light! Have a frighteningly great Sunday night, guys!


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