here) so I'd say go with any/all of them this hallowe'en. I've also picked out a top 5 books (some of which, ok, are Stephen King books) that you should probably read, as well as 5 books that I might actually read during Hallowe'en. Everyone clear? Ok, good, let's go!
Top 5 Books to read during Hallowe'en
1. It by Stephen King- Ok, so I'm doing badly already. But seriously, this is pretty much still the scariest book I've ever read, and yet I love it, and I think it would be very successful at scaring the crap out of you on Hallowe'en. Especially if you're scared of clowns, and if you're not, and you read this book- you will be.
2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley- Definitely a gentler book for the easily scared, Frankenstein is actually a lot sadder than it is scary. Nonetheless, the creepy ambling about monstery thing is probably scary enough to give you a bit of a chill on Hallowe'en, so go crazy kids!
3. Any episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer- Because, seriously, have you ever seen it? That's some seriously scary stuff. Also, amazing, but scary: definitely. If you really want to pee your pants, may I recommend 'Hush', and if you need to take your mind off that afterwards, then watch 'Once More With Feeling'. You're welcome.
4. Dracula by Bram Stoker- So much scarier than I thought it would be, and all creepy and vampiric to boot, it's absolutely perfect for hallowe'en and will ensure you have a troubling fear of the dark... better get a nightlight...
5. The Shining by Stephen King- The quintessential King, you'll be scared witless if you read this anywhere around hallowe'en, say, in autumn. Or, for that matter, winter. Or maybe just not ever, unless you're really really brave.
And, 5 books I might actually read this hallowe'en:
1. Burton on Burton ed by Mark Salisbury- Tim Burton's not exactly scary scary, but his work is still creepy, and reading more about him on hallowe'en sounds like the perfect thing to do.
2. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice- I've seen the film because, you know, Brad Pitt, but somehow haven't gotten around to reading the book yet- this could be the year! Possibly...
3. Pet Semetary by Stephen King- Because I haven't read anything by Stephen King in, I swear, a month, and it's sort of killing me. This is the next one up on my list, and I also hear that it's ultra-scary, so I'm excited/scared to read it.
4. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist- My friend loves this book, and I've been sort of meaning to read it for ages, but it's never really happened. This hallowe'en might be its time, I just don't know!
5. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein- I've started reading this, and it's seriously scary stuff- kind of scary economic measures that completely disregard what is best for people and instead are focused only on the most money for the rich few. Terrifying because it's actually happening/happened, and probably the scariest thing I can think of to read on hallowe'en.