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Some people don't like to be scared. I totally get it... and this post probably isn't for you. But come back tomorrow, I promise I will have something posted that won't encourage you to be freaked out all night.
Let's talk about some Halloween entertainment, shall we? I've prepared a list for you of the scariest books and movies I know of. If scary books aren't your thing, scroll down for some gruesome movies. Head to your local library and pile your arms full of fright, with these spooky tomes:
1. The Shining by Stephen King. This book is scary. For realsies, scary. I read this in my late teens and I only finished it because I was dared to, and I almost always accept a dare. I read it again in my 20's and it was just as horrifying. Don't read it alone, no kidding.
2. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I hadn't heard of this one until I read that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was going to star in the making of the movie based on this book. So I read it. Holy. Moly. It's one of those books that is fairly simple in its execution and that's what makes it so terrifying. Really. Terrifying. Don't say I didn't warn you.
3. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. This is a great book, hands-down, but it will freak you out. It is probably one of the most suspenseful books I've ever read. Like, I had to fight not to read ahead, and sometimes I wouldn't win. Read it.
4. Hell House by Richard Matheson. It's a haunted house book. Which I love. It's also the scariest thing I've read in a while. Really. Like, housework actually got done at bedtime because I was too scared to close my eyes. Yep.
5. Ghosts by Noel Hynd. The setting for this book is Nantucket, which has been idyllic to me since I watched "Wings" in the 90's. Remember "Wings"? Loved it. This book has now made me scared to visit the island. A book has actually scared me enough to avoid an entire island. Love it.
Are you more of a cinemaphile? 'Cause I've got you covered there, too:
1. The Exorcist. The rumors are true, this movie is really scary. When I was younger, it used to keep me up at night. Now, I've seen it so many times that I've become desensitized to it. But even after all these years, it still ranks as one of the scariest for me. If you've never seen it, don't watch it alone. Or at night, for that matter.
2. Poltergiest. This is one scary movie. To this day, when the television goes all static-y, I quickly turn it off. Then I shudder.
3. Paranormal Activity. I could be in the minority here, but I really did think these movies were pretty scary. I love the implication of scariness, and these movies imply a lot. Also, they creeped me out.
4. 28 Days Later. Zombie movies are my favorite, and I think this one is awesome. And scary. When the zombie apocalypse happens, my family is ready.
5. Halloween. I'm not a 'slasher film' kind of girl, but this one did it right. It's scary in the way that you really believe this might happen to you kind of way. Man, oh man, did that movie make me double-check that the doors were locked before bedtime. I might have even triple-checked.