Slow October is slow. But despite half a month having gone by already, I still want to recommend you my very top five horror books to read this spooky month.
I like my horror invisible, mind breaking, lovecraftian. Keep that in mind when adding books to your own list, and consider what you prefer yourself:
Bird Box by Josh Malerman: something happened in the world. Something appeared. People, at first only a few, started seeing something. Something that was not meant for human brain to witness and process. Their minds break… A few survivors huddle together in a house they make light-tight, in hopes to survive. But how does one survive without supplies from outside? And how does one resist the temptation to see what is it out there?
There’s a Netflix movie adaptation that is good to watch after the book. It’s not as good, and quite a bit different, but still pretty good and worth the shot.
The Mist by Stephen King: after a horrible storm the little town awakes broken up. Naturally thus a whole handful of people gather in the store to get supplies and other necessities. A store that becomes their island of safety as the mist rolls over and swallows the reality behind the windows. Something rustles there. Something screams. No one comes out of there. And no one returns either…
There’s a few adaptations as far as I am aware, but I’ve seen none myself.
I, Zombie by Hugh Howey: zombie apocalypse told from the zombie point of view. The death. The cravings. The terror of breaking but undying body, and something else propelling it, something with that hunger for flesh, for brains, for human life. It was terrifying to read. And even more so at the end…
There’s a Netflix series by this same title, the series are based on White Trash Zombie books, and loosely to that, it got nothing to do with this marvelous piece.
Ring by Koji Suzuki: a woman who was more than met the eye has disappeared. But even death cannot stop her, or her vengeance, as a tape appears and starts spreading death. From terrifying moments, to sweat inducing tension this book makes the reader think of all the horrors it doesn’t tell you about, all the while death breathes out of the pages.
Adaptations were both Japanese and American made, by now I’ve seen them all, and not one has left as deep an impression as the book. It’s not as messy, for starters.
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris: a classic. Clarice once again comes visit Hannibal Lecter in his cells behind dozens locks and keys, as it is a monster they must contain. But the rising star detective requires this monster to help catch another one like him. It’s only a matter of whether she’ll not come to regret getting involved with the sly and brilliant creature before her.
Anthony Hopkins will forever remain my Hannibal Lecter, despite the fact that Mads is a pretty good one too. And this specific movie, Silence of the Lambs, is my favorite in the franchise.
Such are my top five horror books to read this month of October. If you have something more to recommend, I’d love to hear it.