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Scary Stories to Read

posted by: September 27, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Sleeping Beauties Though the recent warm temperatures might be trying to fool us, fall is technically here, and it’s the traditional time of year for horror. Here are three reads, both old and new, to keep you up at night.

 

Master of horror Stephen King has written a new novel with his son Owen. In Sleeping Beauties the women of a small Appalachian town are falling asleep and becoming some type of ethereal spirit. How will the men survive? And what is happening anyway? There’s a hint of the titular fairy tale along with the creeping horror.

Cover Art for The Changeling
Some similar plot elements are found in Victor LaValle’s The Changeling. Apollo and Emma have a baby, and Apollo vows to be the dad he never had as the son of a single mother. But suddenly, Emma disappears and something even worse happens to baby Brian, leading Apollo into a world of dark magic and terrifying monsters, right in his own New York neighborhood. LaValle takes the horror novel and elevates it to great literary heights.

 

Cover art for Uzumaki For an older read you might have missed, try Junji Ito’s Uzumaki. This gorgeously drawn graphic novel is set in a Japanese town that suddenly becomes overrun with spirals. The spiral pattern leads to madness, shapeshifting and eventually death. Ito is one of the most famous horror comic artists in Japan, and this work will easily show you why.


 
 

Revised: September 27, 2017