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!