This was one of the first horrors I actually read, it's what sparked my love of actual scary horrors, before this I'd read somewhat scary books but this was the first that made me lose sleep. I remember dreaming about the bloody book! This book is probably one of King's most well known since the film is always classed as a classic horror these days. The book focus' on a group of friends mainly between 1957/58 and 1984/85 the story starts off with what seems like a murder of a child but we soon find out things in Derry aren't what they seem and there's something supernatural and creepy lurking in drains below the town. We follow the group of friends as they tackle the being known as IT as children where IT takes the shape of many horror favourites such as a clown (this was the worst one for me), werewolf and many more things children are typically scared of. They have to tackle IT again as adults realising that IT takes the shape of what you fear most (bit like a boggart in HP.) I can't really tell you much about the book without really giving it away but trust me it's definitely the scariest book I've ever read. I'd seriously recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind having a few sleepless nights or feeling themselves get goosebumps as they read it.
Edgar Allan Poe is a well known classic horror/sci fi/ mystery writer and I love his style. It's not the stories he writes its the tone it's written in, if you get what I mean. He's mainly known for his classics such as The Raven and The Tell-Tale heart, I won't lie these were the first ones I read and I remember only reading The Raven 'cause of that Tree House Of Horror episode of The Simpsons... Haha. But yeah The Raven is about the narrator who is trying to get over the loss of his love when he hears a rapping at his door, then at his window. The narrator accidentally lets a Raven in, this Raven's not your standard Raven it answers questions with the term Nevermore. It doesn't sound scary but Poe's writing style gives you a few shivers. My personal favourite of his is the Poem of Annabel Lee. I recommend this book to anyone who wants some short stories and poems you won't be disappointed by Poe's chilling tone.
Back to King again, I think we established not long after I started this blog that King is my favourite author and almost anything he wrote before 1990 will scare me somewhat. The Stand is way different to IT mentioned above as the horror lies in the fact that the events in the book are more believable or likely to occur than the events in IT well some of them are. First off if you read this don't do it if you have a cold or else you'll be convinced you're about to die, don't read it if you believe that Ebola is going to kill everyone either as you'll probably get paranoid for no reason. The book starts off as a sort of end of the world kind of sci fi theme everyone has died of a super flu. The book is split into 3 sections and I really like that, the first section focus' on the disaster and introduces us to our main characters, the second you follow the different groups of main characters and find that all their stories intertwine eventually they start up a civilisation but realise the death of almost everyone else is not the main worry there is a rising supernatural evil and they must destroy it. The final section is the confrontation between good and evil. I started this book thinking it was a full on horror/scifi to find it turn into a bit of a fantasy but still it was amazing. My heart was racing for half of it, you just relax and then something else happens. It really makes you think about things and you feel really weary of colds/the flu haha. A real good read for anyone who likes a horror that makes you think.
So I started reading The Walking Dead comics when the first season came out but I didn't make it very far, this has recently led me to lending the books off one of my friends and I'm really enjoying them. I've been asked once or twice how I can read these/class them as books when there's so many pictures but I don't think it would have the same effect if it was an actual novel. Also the art work is pretty amazing so you know you can enjoy that too! Unless you've been living under a rock since 2010 you'll know what TWD is, if not where have you been?! Basically its a story about a group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, trying to find a way out of it, a solution maybe a cure. Now I'm only on the second one and on season 5 and so far the world (well america) seems pretty much over ran by walkers still. If you haven't seen it you might be thinking oh great more zombies just kill them, but zombies aren't the only problem there's no civilisation people are just as dangerous. I can't wait to finish the series, I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the show as there's a few differences and anyone who's a fan of a good ole Zombie Apocalypse.
Finally we visit yet another classic horror author Lovecraft, to me Lovecraft is most well known for his short story The Call of Cthullhu (I still can't pronounce it so don't worry) I won't lie to you, I still haven't finished reading it as I find Lovecraft's style of writing just as chilling as Poe's, if you have to leave something because it's freaking you out too much you know it's a good one. I think it's the fact he leaves a lot of it a mystery so you just don't know what's coming and I don't like that. This short story in particular is about a mysterious being that lives under the sea and could end all humanity and has stuff to do with cults, basically I'd recommend reading it because Lovecraft is a hella creepy writer. Like seriously creepy.
Have you read any of these? What are your horror/scifi recommendations?