Ten Scary Books I’m Too Chicken to Read (But Want To)

Posted October 29, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Tomorrow is Halloween, so of course that means it’s a creepy/Halloween freebie this week! I really love freebie weeks because I get to see your creativity and I get to stalk your lists for future TTT ideas! I’m a huge chicken, so I’m sharing books that I’d really like to read, but I’m worried they will be too scary for me. I’ve included the keywords from the synopsis that have me thinking I might not be able to handle it. lol. Maybe you can help talk me into some of them, or save me from books you know a chicken can’t handle!

1. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

Cemetery. Corpse. Danger. Storm shuts down the only road to the property. Power goes out. MURDEROUS PHANTOM. Raising Hell.

2. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Beware. Isolated village. Evil that has lain hidden for years. Horrifying truth.

3. The Shining by Stephen King

Stephen King. Atmospheric old hotel. Remote. Sinister. Strange and terrible forces. Stephen King.

4. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Dark past. Mysterious outsider. Gruesome murders. Grotesque flair. Secrets.

5. Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Debilitating insomnia. Experimental new procedure. Malfunction. Dreamworld. Nightmares. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations. Tormented.

6. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Amish. Murderous. No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in.
(Note: I’m not afriad of Amish people. It’s the whole package.)

7. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Screaming. Drenched in blood. Vanished. She doesn’t know who she is. Haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Bloody razor. Violent. She will never escape. Twisted secrets.

8. Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Devil. Eerie. Grim. Liar.

9. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Three decades. Inferno. The girl of nowhere. Disturbed mind. Sinister. Alter ego. Dark, twisted magic.

10. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Jack the Ripper is back. Brutal murders. Rory spotted the man… The only one who can see him. His next target.

What are your Halloween plans? My students will be having a very fun-filled day at school (including a costume parade and class party). Knowing how insane it will be, and how tired I’ll be when I get home, my plans include watching Arsenic & Old Lace while eating caramel apples like an old person! 

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19 responses to “Ten Scary Books I’m Too Chicken to Read (But Want To)

  1. I kind of want to read Dream Fall. And sadly I wasn’t much a fan of there’s Someone In Your House, although like Rissi says it wasn’t that creepy really- there’s just one kinda gory moment I didn’t care for.
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  2. There’s Someone Inside Your House was really gory– so if you don’t like that, I wouldn’t read it. There is quite a bit of romance though!! Another Little Piece is kinda gross and super weird. I’d love to know how the author came up with the idea for it. The Shining book made me scared of topiaries to this day, but I don’t think it’s quite as creepy as the movie overall.

    I’m kind of a chicken when it comes to gruesome movies– so I understand your apprehension!!
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  3. I’ve read a few on your list. The Shining is one of my favourite scary books, topped only by The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. I have insomnia often, but I loved Dreamfall and can’t wait to read Neverwake. My library has it on order. I really enjoyed There’s Someone Inside Your House, but Another Little Piece not quite as much. That one is really dark and strange. I haven’t heard of a few of these, but I’m adding them to my list! I really want to read The Hallowed Ones.
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  4. Kay

    I’ve read two on your list – The Shining and The Name of the Star. I’d skip The Shining if I were you – early Stephen King is genuinely scary – trust me. Ha! However, you might try The Name of the Star. I’ve read all that series and it’s a good one. Yes, ghosts and Jack the Ripper, but in a better YA way.
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  5. I just added There’s Someone Inside Your House to my GR list, but honestly just based on title it sounds like it might be super creepy for me! I haven’t read a lot of Stephen King so I can’t speak there…I don’t remember the movie being super creepy though. But maybe the book is way worse!

  6. I love your blog. I found it about 2 weeks ago and have enjoyed this blog. Keep up the great work and these are some great recommendations.

  7. Great list, you must have nerves of steel! I had a crack at The Shining. It was terrifyingly good (with the emphasis on terrifying). Think I spent the night cowering under the covers!

    I’m a book blogging newbie and excited to have stumbled across TTT. Will look forward to giving it a go this month