This week I am doing six scary books for #SixforSunday hosted by the lovely Steph of A Little But a Lot but because I am terrible at following rules…my scary books aren’t all scary in the traditional sense and some of them are short stories. Oops.
1. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre Obviously this comes under the “not traditionally scary” category. I found this scary because it points out just how little actual research, ethics and effort goes into some of the health studies presented to us as fact by the media and how badly informed the general public are because of this.
2. Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman If you haven’t read this yet, you must. This is a re-telling of Snow White. It is beautifully written, utterly chilling and will subvert the fairy tale for you forever. Snow, Glass, Apples was one of the first short stories I read that wasn’t for studying and it convinced me that short stories can pack just as big a punch as full-length novels.
3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn The teeth. Oh my gods the teeth. This story of a journalist investigating murders in her old home town is not so much “scary” as steadily creepy. I read this actual years ago and the ending still plays on my mind and freaks me out at the strangest of moments.
4. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenengger Creepy twins in a gothic tale of body swapping. Do I need to explain why I find this one scary? Nope? Good. If you haven’t read it yet, do. It would be the perfect Halloween read. You know, if you want to be spooked out of your skin.
5. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice I am not a person who generally finds vampire novels scary. This makes it to my list not so much for the story as a whole, but for Claudia: the young girl turned vampire as a companion who turns out to be something her creator did not anticipate. When reading a certain part of this, my small child (then small baby) let out an eerie wail over the monitor and I have honestly never been so scared in my entire life.
6. The Good Father by Noah Hawley This makes my list of scary stories for playing on my fears as a parent. It is the fear of knowing how your child’s future is not something you can control, the worry that they will do something horrific and wondering if you could still love them unconditionally if they did. The narrator of The Good Father is a respected psychologist who finds himself in this position when his son is convicted of assassinating the future president and finds himself on death row. There are passages in this novel that I can still perfectly recall and which still make me shudder.
What books make it to your six scary stories? What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments!