My Favortie Scary Books

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With Halloween approaching at the speed of fright, I thought I’d share my favorite scary stories, all from the pen of the master of fear, Stephen  King.  I have loved Stephen King’s works for at least 30 years.  I’ve read almost every one  and enjoyed  them all to varying degrees. But we all have favorites, right ? So here  are my top 5 scary books from Mr. King:

1)  It.  A group of children try to save their small Maine town from IT, the monster with a 1,000 faces–the most common one being Pennywise the deranged clown. They return as adults to finish the job, even though they must face their greatest fears to do so.  I loved the friendship portrayed in this book, but IT scared the crap out of me .

2) The Stand. When a superflu wipes out 98% of the  world’s population, a cataclysmic battle between Good and Evil ensues using the survivors  as pawns. I remember being sick with a cold when I first read this book, which increased my fear as I read it. And with  the Ebola scare in full swing I don’t  think I’ll be re-reading it any time soon.

3) The Shining. A writer and his family spend the winter in a haunted hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The movie with Jack Nicholson is a horrifying representation of this book. Except the part of the book that scared me most isn’t in the movie. It takes place in a tool shed when the evil spirits try to take over the good guy. Still makes me shiver to think of it.

4) ‘Salems’ Lot.  Vampires take over a small town in Maine. Truly frightening how one bite spreads across the whole town. Great chase scenes too!

5) The Mist. I loved this story of prehistoric monsters attacking a small Maine town (I think it best NOT to live in a  small Maine town) when a government experiment goes wrong. One note of caution: if you like this novella,  DO NOT watch the movie. They changed the ending and it’s horrible!  The book is 100% better!

But King’s scariest book , in my opinion, isn’t on my list, because it’s not my favorite .  In fact, I’ve only read it once because it scared the bejesus out of me:  Pet Sematary.  About a man who can bring things back  from the dead with horrifying consequences.  Brrrr, creepy!

So those are my Halloween picks for scary reading.  Hope you have a frightfully good time with them on a dark and stormy night!

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13 Responses to My Favortie Scary Books

  1. I’ve never read any Stephen King’s books. Horror isn’t my favorite genre. But I did see – well mostly see – the movie IT. That one scared the heck out of me! I still can’t see the whole movie without my hand buffer in front of me. LOL.

    -RB

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      IT is my all time favorite Stephen King novel! And I liked the TV movie up until they showed “IT,” which was rather anti-climactic. Years later when I saw Aliens, when they showed the Queen, I said “That should have been IT!” LOL

  2. D'Ann says:

    Stephen King scares the beejeezus out of me! I love The Shining!

  3. melissakeir says:

    I remember watching Salem’s Lot on TV when it first came out and I had nightmares forever! Certainly not the romantic vampires!!

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Not at all, Melissa! That TV movie scared the crap out of me when the big ugly vampire pulled himself up out of a rug on the floor it looked like. *shivering still*

  4. I am a huge Stephen King fan! I have hardbound copies of every single book he has ever written. It is a tradition in my family these days for my niece and nephew to give me his latest book for Christmas.

    And I am with you on Pet Sematary. I gave my cat weird looks for weeks after reading it.

    His son writes some scary as hell books as well !! He writes under the name Joe Hill. The Heart-Shaped Box is my favorite, but it is followed closely by N0S4R2 and the one recently made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe – Horns. He’s also the author a great American ghost stories anthology.

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      My husband gives me hardback copies of Mr. King for Christmas, although i don’t have all of them in hardback. The bad thing about that is they are so heavy! Under the Dome was over 1000 pages! You could kill someone with it. That would probably make Stevie smile. LOL Thanks for telling me about his son. Didn’t know he wrote horror too. I’ll definately have to check him out!

  5. You missed the best one, Jenna. Dead Zone. I liked it because it was more psychological – I could actually believe a person killing someone for those reasons (but not so scary, I guess). And of course, the writers’ favorite, Misery! 😉

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I did like the Dead Zone, Alex, both the book and the movie. I did love Martin Sheen especially in the movie and thought it ironic when decades later he played the President of the United States on The West Wing. 🙂 I loved Misery the book, the movie not as much, although Kathy Bates was scary as hell and deserved her Oscar!

  6. Needful Things is my favorite King novel. I love the irony, and it isn’t all that scary. IT was scary. I’ve never liked clowns and it reinforced my feelings about them.

    Good list. Mr. King would be proud.

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I liked Needful Things too. And yes, the irony was fun to watch. 🙂 I’ve never felt one way or the other about clowns, and I loved Tim Curry as Pannywise in the TV movie. But yeah, he was scary. 🙂

  7. lizaoconnor says:

    I don’t read Stephen King anymore. He’s way too dark.

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