Question of the Week: What do you read that scares you?

To me, October is a horror-filled month full of scary movies and costumes, terrifying decor (i.e. entirely too realistic looking, over-sized spiders), and creepy sounds. It’s one of my favorite times of year! In anticipation of this month I’d like to know, what do you read that scares you?

Here are a few books that have frightened me (they may not necessarily be considered horror novels) –

Faith: A Novel – John Love
Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly
invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent
Commonwealth. 300 years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran
Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But
now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its
attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos. Eventually it
reaches Sakhra, now an important Commonwealth possession, and it seems
like history is about to repeat itself. But this time, something is
waiting: an Outsider, one of the Commonwealth’s ultimate warships.
Slender silver ships, full of functionality and crewed by people of
unusual abilities, often sociopaths or psychopaths, Outsiders were
conceived in back alleys, built and launched in secret, and commissioned
without ceremony. One system away from earth, the Outsider ship Charles
Manson makes a stand. Commander Foord waits with his crew of miscreants
and sociopath, hoping to accomplish what no other human has been able
to do – to destroy Faith!

The Reapers Are The Angels – Alden Bell
Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on
the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is
surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free. For twenty-five
years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a
plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to
herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a
time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her
in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her
on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between
the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple
must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after
sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly
nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of
the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here
the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism,
viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a
human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand
foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. 

Black Moon – Kenneth Calhoun
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife,
Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech
and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.
Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her. He
ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation,
where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.
Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their
drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets
in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia
abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her
family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around,
sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it,
no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it.
However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and
inner strength that he never knew he had. Kenneth Calhoun has written a
brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped
by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.

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2 responses to “Question of the Week: What do you read that scares you?”

  1. Ruth G. says:

    I tried reading Tess Gerritsen's Ice Cold but it just got too horrifying! I had to stop reading. Which is too bad, because the plot really hooked me, but it was soooo gruesome. And I thought Harris's Red Dragon was a Sunday School picnic, so that's gotta tell you something.

  2. Jackie says:

    I had to stop listening to the audio for The Diviners by Libba Bray after the villain started singing and the clip they used when Daniel Kraus' Rotters won the Odyssey Award was more than enough to make me NEVER LISTEN TO THAT EVER. The book was creepy enough.

    Which does point out that a well-done audio is WAY SCARIER than the book where your subconscious provides at least a little buffer.

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