Halloween is almost here, and today at Mysteristas we pause to think about the things–and more importantly the stories–that scare us. Some people love to be scared, watching every hair-raising, chill-causing, pull-the-blanked-over-my-head-I-can’t-look movie they possibly can, for the thrill of feeling frightened for a short while. Others seek fear in the written word, devouring horror stories in big greedy gulps.
I have loved the work of Edgar Allan Poe ever since my mother (my English teacher in junior high) introduced me to him. Being from Maine, I’ve also read almost all the older work by Stephen King; it’s kind of required, really. And in graduate school, a dear friend introduced me to the work of H.P. Lovecraft. We even presented a paper on Lovecraft (and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!) at an annual International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) conference. But, I don’t live in the world of the scary, the frightening, the horrible. Instead, I visit every once in a while, and then go back to my comfortable home surrounded by murder and mayhem of a tamer sort.
So, what stories do the Mysteristas find most frightening?
Pamela: THE RELIC by Douglas Present and Lincoln Child. My husband and I listened to this in the car (on tape, can you believe it?) during a trip, and it’s by far the scariest thing I’ve ever heard. I’m not sure it would have been quite so scary if I’d read it, but darn close. Still gives me chlls!
Kait: THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite scary books, followed closely by HARVEST HOME by Tom Tryon.
Cynthia: Mine would be Stephen King’s THE SHINING (fiction) and Jon Krakauer’s INTO THIN AIR (nonfiction).
Sarah: TROUBLE by Jesse Kellerman
We’ll be adding other favorites as the day goes on, so come back later and see what we’ve added! Dearest readers, what’s the scariest story you’ve ever read? Do you seek out the scariest of scary stories?