My Top 6 Good Old Fashioned Fiction Scares

evening-959029__180The 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.eyes-394176__180

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!

Rebecca E. Neely is an author, lover of spoon rings, diners, the Steelers & great reads.

9 Responses to “My Top 6 Good Old Fashioned Fiction Scares

  • I read Flowers in the Attic (and the others in that series) when I was a teen. The book that really got under my skin was Amnityville Horror.
    Love the new site:)

    • Rebecca E. Neely
      2 years ago

      There’s one I’ve never been able to get through – just creeps me out too much – but my hat’s off to you 🙂 Thanks on the site! And thanks for stopping by – I appreciate it!

  • Oh, the creepy movies! I just finished reading and watching Stephen King’s Secret Window, and now I’m listening to The Shining on audio. I’ve seen the movie a couple of times, but this is my first to read the book. So far, it’s one I can’t listen to by myself in the dark!

    Yes, this is the time of year to act – and feel – like a kid again. Pass the candy corn!

    • Rebecca E. Neely
      2 years ago

      Oh, that sounds really cool – audio of The Shining 🙂 Love candy corn – sugary fun!

  • The all time best is HALLOWEEN !
    Marathon all day today !! I decorate more for Halloween Than than Christmas. LOL
    I’m right there with you Rebecca.

  • The all time best is HALLOWEEN !
    Marathon all day today !! I decorate more for Halloween Than than Christmas. LOL
    I’m right there with you Rebecca.

    • Rebecca E. Neely
      2 years ago

      Hi Samanthya! Glad you enjoyed the post – I need to get some more Halloween decor! 🙂

  • E J Frost
    2 years ago

    Those are creepy! Peter Straub’s “Ghost Story” tops my list – the creepiest book I’ve ever read. The undead/shapeshifter looking out of the back of the car window as it goes into the lake – gives me chills just thinking about it all these years later! The movie “Ghost Ship” would be on my list, too, more the premise of a floating soul-trap than the somewhat questionable execution (despite Gabriel Byrne, who tries his best, bless him). And then pretty much anything by H.P. Lovecraft, whose Cthulhu stories make my skin crawl.
    Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love the smells – dead leaves, fallen apples, pumpkins, smoke. The tastes – apple cider, pumpkin pie, candy corn (despite how bad it is for my teeth). I love the crisp air and bundling up to stay warm. I love watching kids trick-or-treat, hearing them shriek with excitement (and maybe a little fear). And, yes, I love being scared at this time of year!

    • Rebecca E. Neely
      2 years ago

      Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by today – I remember Ghost Ship – way creepy! And I agree wholeheartedly about the smells and tastes – love the smell of leaves 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading! Love to hear your thoughts.

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