Monday, October 26, 2009

Good time to revisit scary stories

I will admit, Halloween is not my favorite holiday. However, it is a good time to revisit all those scary stories I read many years ago. Below are some of my favorite scary, and, perhaps thought-provoking stories.

Edgar Allen Poe wrote some of the scariest short stories I’ve ever read. My personal favorite is The Cask of Amontillado, in which a man is buried alive behind a brick wall. This one is not for the claustrophobic! Another good Poe story is The Pit and the Pendulum, a story about a man imprisoned and tortured during the Spanish Inquisition.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for his haunting novels such as The Scarlet Letter, also wrote many short stories. Two of his most disturbing stories are The Minister’s Black Veil and Earth’s Holocaust.

Another scary short story is Stephen King’s Battleground, found in the Night Shift anthology. It tells the story of Renshaw, a professional hit man who is attacked and killed by an army of toy soldiers.

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s books Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone are frightening in a different way. From the points of view of two very different teenagers, one in Pennsylvania and one in New York City, the books tell of an asteroid hitting the moon and the devastation this causes on earth.

Finally, my all-time favorite ghost story is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It may not be very scary, but it always makes me think and reflect on what is important in life. I hope you enjoy these selections, and Happy Halloween!

Vicky @ Warrenton

1 comment:

  1. A third book in Pfeffer's series is coming out in the spring! Can't wait.

    The scariest book I've read is still Carrie-read it in high school!