Carve a pumpkin, turn off the lights, and get your spookiest BOOkish costume on because Halloween is right around the corner. In celebration here are gr staff’s scariest books they’ve ever read.
Beastly Beth (Sales Manager): The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
A horrifying pillar of popular culture, this book follows the story of a 12-year-old girl, the daughter of a famous actress, who gets possessed by a violent demon. A Jesuit psychiatric priest attempts to expel the evil presence – but at what cost?
The Indomitable Abominable Angus (Editorial Assistant): Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
Set in 1937, a young man sets off to the Arctic to be a wireless operator on the latest expedition. As the sun shows its face for the last time and the winter sets in, the other crew members begin to disappear and Jack is left alone in the uninhabited land. A chilling ghost story.
Dan of the Dead (Designer): The Shining by Stephen King
This is the book that established Stephen King as the king of horror. Jack Torrence is an aspiring writer and a recovering alcoholic who accepts the position of grounds keeper of The Stanley Hotel during off season. Supernatural forces creep in affecting both the hotel and Jack’s sanity, leaving his family in terrible danger.
Sc-Emily (Intern): 50 Shades of Grey by E L James
This poorly written, Twilight-without-vampires slash fiction follows Anastasia Steele’s relationship with entrepreneur Christian Grey. The most terrifying aspect of this story is not the character’s porn star names, their abusive relationship written as a love story, or even the sentence “I feel the colour in my cheeks rising again. I must be the colour of The Communist Manifesto” but rather the fact that it is the fastest selling paper back of all time with over 125 million copies sold.
Gr-emma-lin (Intern): By the Prickling of my Thumbs by Agatha Christie
Christie’s lesser known detective duo Tommy and Tuppence investigate the disappearance of an old woman from a retirement village that Tommy’s aunt recently passed away in. A painting leads to Sunny Ridge, where they discovers a horrible past of child murder and secrets.
Merle the Menace (Children’s Editor): I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti
In a sweltering heat wave Michele Amitrano enters an abandoned house on a dare. What he find inside he must keep a secret, but when he discovers the truth he learns that what happened there might be closer to home than he thought.
Grim Reaper Rowena (Editor and Publisher): It by Stephen King
Seven children are terrorised by the eponymous create as it exploits their deepest and darkest phobias. Told alternatively between the 1950’s and the 1980, the shapeshifting creature morphs into your nightmares. Especially as It’s most common disguise is clown, chosen in order to attract and prey on his preferred victim, young children.
Tim the Terror (Deputy Editor): Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Louis Creed, a doctor, moves from Chicago to small town Ludlow with his wife Rachel and their two kids Ellie and Gage. After a series of unfortunate circumstances they learnt that the nearby cemetery has to power to bring those buried there back life, but at a price.