Friday, October 14, 2011

Five Faves (6)

The Frightfest Edition!

Hi guys! I wanted to change Friday's Five to Five Faves so if people would like to participate, they can do so any day of the week and not be restricted to posting on Friday. I will still be posting my Five Faves every Friday if you want to link up!

In the spirit of the Spooky Season, I have decided to go with a creepy theme for my Five Faves this week. So, let the Frightfest begin.....

1. It by Stephen King

Honestly, it was hard not to make this post 100% King-themed. He is absolutely the master of my nightmares!

It in particular is a spook-fest for me because of the clown factor. I don't have a crazy fear of clowns (if they are coming out of a car and throwing confetti - they are fine), but if they are trying to eat my face, creeping through sewers or controlling my friends, then I have a big problem with that.

2. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I remember my mom and her friends reading this book when I was a kid. They were entirely freaked out. Of course, that meant I wanted to read it to and see what all the fuss was about. Naturally, I was forbidden, but they had already said enough, the images of flying pigs with glowing eyes, flies that suck blood and axe-murdering dads were already in my head. Left to my own imagination, my take was probably more scary than what was in the the book.

As it turns out, it wasn't. Amityville Horror (with the added edge that it was supposed to be TRUE) creeped my the flip out by the time I got to read it. True or not, it's a creepy tale.

3. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

I guess this list is turning into the Old School Horror Edition because all of these picks are from my childhood. Could be I was easier to scare as a child, I'm sure. Anyway...

Talk one part nervous expectant mother, stir in two parts creepy neighbors and questionable husband and you've made a recipe for disaster...of the Satanic kind.

Rosemary's Baby is a must NOT read for any expectant mothers out there!

4. Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice

Rice is the literary vampire world's Original Gangsta. Now, while I do love me some Twilight, no one (not even S.M.) can hold a torch to Rice her novels are complex, compelling and downright scary.

Let's just put it this way: Lesat could kick Edwards ass with his hands tied behind his back and his fangs cut off. He probably founded the Voltari...

If you've never read her books and you're a Vampire or supernaturoeal fan, you need to get back to the roots!

5. Edgar Allen Poe: Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allen Poe

Speaking of getting back to your roots! Poe was the master of the scary tale. No horror story list would be complete without him. All other horror writers owe a tip of the hat to Poe.

If you haven't read your Poe lately, this is the perfect time of year to start. I re-read The Telltale Heart last year and had a new-found appreciation for Poe. My jaded teenage heart didn't realize (when I was required to read it for class) how gruesome and twisted Mr. Poe really was. I really should have paid more attention in class...

That's it for this week, friends! Don't forget: If you'd like to participate in Five Faves, feel free to add a link to your post below. Don't forget to link back to your BFF here at Steph's Stacks!

If you don't have time for a full post, please add some your faves in the comments section below.

Happy Halloween!


  1. I don't read a lot of scary books. I do enjoy Poe though.

  2. Ooooh nice picks! very very nice! Funny enough I read Edgar Allen Poe when I was a child, it wasnt for school but I saw it in the library. I agree though, I think its good to re-read it now when you can understand the words better and appreciate it more. I think I may read some of these again.

    I havent had time today but I shall add in my 5 this weekend. Would you like me to stick with your new image and theme? I have no problem, after all it is your meme :P


  3. @ Kris - If you want to do a spooky theme, you can feel free to use it. I'm trying out the Five Faves idea so people can participate anytime they want. What do you think?



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