The book that launched the highly controversial movie wasn’t afraid to tackle the blasphemous back in 1971. A seemingly simple story of an eleven year old girl and her struggle to deal with the ancient demon that sits inside her head. This classic horror novel was perhaps the bravest of all time when it comes to tackling the ideals of good and evil. This isn’t a book of cheap tricks that relies on shock value, masses of blood and green vomit. The Exorcist is a clever and grotesque tale of the inner struggle of madness that breaks bonds, the power of love, and the fear of the devil that is ever present.
There’s nothing more sacred in this world than children and Ira Levin turns that innocent world upside down on its head and leaves us gasping for breath. Rosemary’s Baby is every new mother’s worst nightmare, a strange pregnancy that is draining the life from you, weird neighbors who are taking an unhealthy interest in you and a husband who just doesn’t seem to get it. Rosemary’s Baby is a fast paced read that will have your mind reeling with the subtle shades of horror.
Forget demons and possessed pregnancies, I am Legend truly encompasses the chill of Halloween by bringing to light the dark creatures of the night that should stay in the shadows. One man fights for survival in a world of blood thirsty vampires, by day he scavenges for food and when the night closes in, he barricades the doors and prays for survival. This is truly the essence of nightmares and Richard Matheson creates such a desolate and soul crushing experience that fear has never felt so real.
The confusion that seeps into the pages of House of Leaves may leave a strange taste in your mouth. A young family moves into a home on a quiet lane but something isn’t quite right, the house seems to be bigger on the inside than on the outside. Then one day the children disappear and a strange story starts to seep through the walls of this house. This book crawls beneath your skin and buries itself firmly in your mind. It’s not afraid to take risks with its tone of storytelling and it can be quite the challenge. However the creep factor will certainly keep you turning the pages in a hallucinatory trance.