Halloween is the first holiday in my favorite holiday season that culminates in my absolute favorite holiday, Christmas. I thoroughly enjoy Halloween: the costumes, decorations, candy, and our annual trip to Fright Fest at Six Flags. But I’m not crazy about the scarier side of it including horror movies or haunted houses. I absolutely refuse to watch slasher movies, but I will venture into a haunted house as long as I hear reviews that it isn’t too realistic and that it lacks mazes.
I’m also not a fan of horror stories; however, I have read a few. Some I have enjoyed, while others I either wouldn’t recommend or didn’t finish. With Halloween a mere two weeks away, now is the perfect time to read a thrilling story. Here is a list of five terrifying tales I think everyone should read.
#1: Anything by Edgar Alan Poe: Poe isn’t called the master of horror for no reason. Any story he wrote would be perfect for those wanting a good scare. My personal favorites are “The Telltale Heart”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
#2: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving: Although it has almost nothing in common with the 1999 movie with Johnny Depp, this short story is a thriller in its own right. I enjoyed it more than the movie, and I highly recommend it.
#3: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: This novella is CREEPY! It is a definite must-read!
#4: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: While I love the many theatrical versions of the story, none are as moving as the actual novel. Did you know the Phantom has an actual name? If you read the novel, then you will know his name and his story in detail.
#5: The Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm: Any of the classic fairy tales are a must-read for one wanting a creepy story. From stepsisters cutting parts of their feet to stepmothers dancing to death in a pair of hot iron shoes, these are not the fairy tales as told by Disney!
Do you have a terrifying tale that you recommend? If so, please leave the title in the comments below.