In Keeping With The Upcoming #Halloween Night Fright Fest …

What is the scariest book you ever read?

I have a couple, but if I had to say just one, it would be Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. I read that book in a room, by myself, in the dark and was moved to close the drapes and turn on the lights. I didn’t sleep well that night, either.

I believe the book is better than video although David Soul actually does a decent job of bringing the character of the writer, Ben Mears. I think what was so compelling in the story was the inner turmoil of Mears as he faces a fear from his childhood, as well as the hopeless feeling that seems to settle over the town that is facing a fear none of them will survive as one by one neighbors, friends, and family seem to sicken, die, or disappear.

Obviously, I enjoy a thriller (hence this blog) and I’ve read a lot of them in my lifetime. Some others that come to mind as truly terrifying include:

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan – classic vampire story with a modern, scientific dissection of the disease until the deaths reach epidemic status and the world is torn upside-down.

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver – what a sick and twisted killer Lincoln Rhymes must hunt down from a prone position – scary stuff indeed.

Eyes of Prey by John Sandford – my first Sandford novel and a delicious, twisted, satisfying serial killer rampage with Lucas Davenport the police officer trying to stop it. Got me reading the rest of the Prey series by Sandford.

So tell me, gentle readers, what stories have kept one eye open at night? Hmmm?



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