My Top 6 Good Old Fashioned Fiction Scares
The older I get the more I enjoy Halloween, probably for the same reason you do – it makes me feel like a kid again! I’ll be dressing up as a flapper this year, along with my ‘gangster’ boyfriend. We’ll also be going on a haunted hayride, and taking my daughter and her friends to the corn maze. It’s also delightfully convenient there’s a haunted old inn very nearby, The Harmony Inn. Check it out on Facebook
There’s something delicious about a good old fashioned scare. And perhaps nowhere else do I enjoy such a scare than in books and movies. (But I like a good gag too!) If you’re looking for some entertainment this season, may I recommend six of my favorites?
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder. I remember seeing this in the theater when it first came out, and now I own the movie. Scary, suspenseful, combined with a beautiful, but tragic love story. As a romance writer and reader, I can’t go wrong!
Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye, starring a very young Drew Barrymore, and described on Amazon as “An anthology of three Stephen King short stories, connected by a supernatural stray cat who wanders through each tale.” I remember watching this on HBO years ago, and it’s stuck with me all these years. Now I’m sharing it with my daughter.
Witchboard, starring Tawny Kitaen (that was about the time she was rolling around on David Coverdale’s car in the Whitesnake video) and Stephen Nichols (better known as Patch from Days of Our Lives) – it’s about a Ouija board, and let’s just leave it at that. Holy crap! This scared me but good, back in 1986 when it came out – I remember holding onto my friend Mary Lou’s arm the entire time I watched this. In fact, I think I may have left marks – sorry Mary Lou! A bit low budget at times but this one hits you where it hurts 🙂
The Shining – a classic Stephen King scare fest. Can’t decide if I like the movie or the book better. I think the book. I have a distinct memory of having goosebumps on a ninety degree summer day while reading the scene where the topiary animals chase Danny.
Any books by John Saul. The God Project comes to mind. If you haven’t read it, get it.
Flowers in the Attic – creepy in a different way. I don’t think there was a teenage girl in my class who hadn’t read this series by V.C. Andrews.
Please share – have you seen these movies and/or read these books? What are your creepy faves? What do you enjoy the most about Halloween? I’d love to hear from you!
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