For this month’s Halloween freebie, this list contains scary books and creepy characters or creatures. I haven’t read enough horror books to make a list of spine-tingling novels, so I’ve gone for a mixed list of generally creepy things.
1) The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding – I first read this book years ago and remember finding the Wych-kin scary. There’s something really spooky about this book, maybe it’s also the underlying Jack the Ripper vibes in one of the subplots, but it’s definitely a creepy book.
2) Jonathan in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – I always found Jonathan to be a creepier and more interesting villain than Valentine.
3) Joe Goldberg in You by Caroline Kepnes – If any character falls into the creepy category, Joe Goldberg does. He’s the main character but most definitely an antagonist. The use of second person narration probably adds to the creepiness of this book.
4) The Gone series by Michael Grant – I think something unnerving happens in just about every book in this series (I have only read the first four books so far). Plague was particularly creepy, with the bugs eating people alive and other disturbing things happening.
5) Mutts in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Here I’m referring to a specific scene. In the first novel, when the mutts come to end the games at the end of the book and they bear resemblance to the fallen tributes, I found that really creepy.
6) The Grievers in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner – These creatures really creeped me out when I read the first book in the series.
7) The Cranks in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner – I liked that the Cranks in the books aren’t zombies, they are not undead, they’re still alive, which somehow makes them even more horrifying.
8) The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks – This is one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. It’s a strange book, and also very creepy and weird.
9) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe – This short story succeeded in creeping me out when I read it. It’s an interesting story about a murderer’s guilt and is worth a read.
10) The Shadow Fold in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Although not a character, the Fold in the Grisha series is a frightening entity. The idea of impenetrable darkness that contains flesh-eating monsters is a scary thought.
What are the scariest books you’ve read? Let me know in the comments!