Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Fun Five: The 5 Stories/Books that Never Cease to Scare You

The Sunday Fun Five #12

Sunday Fun 5:
Feel free to participate by commenting below or writing a blog post: I wrote up some guidelines for blog participation here.

A Countdown of

The 5 Stories/Books that Never Cease to Scare You

I'll be honest- I'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to horror/scary stories- I simply don't like being scared that much while reading, so most of mine aren't too scary.

5. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
I think this is the ultimate nightmare for any woman- to live in a place where your value is determined by your fertility, and even if you have that, you still have no rights. Although I dearly hope this would never become real, this dystopia presents a distinct possible future if we ever relied solely on religious extremism to dictate our laws.

Image From Wikipedia and the film
4. "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
The ultimate survivor story, combined with a game that may or may not be legal and a crazy host. Run, Rainsford, run!

3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The nameless second wife of Maxim de Winter is unsure what foul deed killed his first wife, and lives with a housekeeper who worships said first wife as if she's still alive. I wouldn't want to live in that house, no matter how cool it looks on this book cover!

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and its entire series) by Stieg Larsson 
I was up all night reading this, in part because the mystery was gripping, but also I was scared to death for Lisbeth and Mikael Blomkvist. Mikael because he poked around a little to much, and Lisbeth because she's surrounded by psycho people. I can't say more without the dreaded spoilers, but this book is seriously scary.

Image From Wikipedia
1. "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
This is both my favorite scary short story and the one that scares me the most. I can't tell you much without spoiling this delight (other than it's murderously good), so I'll have to review it on my Mini Macabre Review Monday soon.

Do you have a favorite scary read- or one that scared you so much you don't want to read it again? 


  1. Ooh, I've never read any of these, but it is definitely that time of the year! I would love to read a truly scary novel for the sake of the holiday that is almost upon us! Great list, I will definitely have to pick one to add to my TBR list for the end of this month! (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields Reviews ( )

    1. I'm also trying to read scary books for Halloween- but most of what I've read so far have been more paranormal/thrillers than really scary stuff.
      I'm glad you enjoyed my list- and thanks again for commenting, Morrighan!
      ~Litha Nelle


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