Trick Or Treat! (Top Ten Tuesday)

October 28, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 27

Hello BOOkworms!

It’s Tuesday my little darlings, and you know what that means! We’re going to do some listing! The crew at The Broke and the Bookish have challenged the blogosphere to list books that get them in the Halloween Spirit. It’s been WELL established that I’m a weenie when it comes to scary books, but as it happens, I’ve managed to collect a handful of titles over the years. They’re mostly vampire and zombie novels, as I can only handle the extremely fictional, but it should be fun nonetheless. Ready?

TTT TrickorTreat

1. The Passage by Justin Cronin (review): It starts out slow, but this book packs a whole lot of heebie jeebies! It’s like vampires meet zombies meet abject terror. Honestly, I’m still a little creeped out by shopping malls…

2. World War Z by Max Brooks (review): Ooooh boy. I think I had more nightmares while reading this book than any other, ever. Totally worth it though. Zombies!

3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (review): Neil Gaiman is the master of creepy atmosphere without hitting nightmare territory. I could have chosen any number of his books, but I think Neverwhere is my favorite so far. You should read it!

4. Feed by Mira Grant (review): Zombies plus blogging plus pop culture references equeals amazing. That’s some highly scientific literary math for you right there.

5. Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates (review): I rarely read books about scary things that ACTUALLY exist. I picked this up based on the title. I did not get zombies. I got a psycho killer instead. Eeep!


6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: This is a super creepy travel vampire mystery. That’s totally a genre. Seriously though, it has a lovely dovetail with the next book on my list!

7. Dracula by Bram Stoker (review): The original vampire novel! I feel like it would be silly to go into more detail here, I mean, it’s friggin Dracula!

8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (review): Atmosphere with a capital A! Find me a creepier house than Manderley, I dare you!

9. The Stand by Stephen King (review): I don’t care if it’s not one of his more monster-centric books, this is CHILLING. If you’re already panicking about Ebola, though, you might want to enjoy this one with some Xanax or something.

10. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: Have you read it yet?! We’re going to discuss this bad boy on HALLOWEEN with the Fellowship of the Worms, and you KNOW that’s going to be a good time.


Chime in Bookworms, what are some of your favorite Halloween spirit books?!

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27 Responses to “Trick Or Treat! (Top Ten Tuesday)”

  1. Nish

    This year, I am looking forward to reading Salem’s Lot on Halloween :). I did this tag this week and we share quite a few favorites, it seems!

  2. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    I am almost done with Rebecca right now, and I am very disappointed. The big bombshell has been dropped, but still nothing very creepy has happened? I was expecting craziness like that ghost scene at the beginning of Wuthering Hights, but alas.

    I have not read any of the other books, but I need to! Creepy zombie stories need to happen.

    • Words For Worms

      Oh man, see I really didn’t like Wuthering Heights- I didn’t find the ghost bit creepy and I wanted to punch Catherine and Heathcliff ALL THE TIME. Rebecca on the other hand, I really dug. Just the creeptastic atmosphere did it for me.

  3. Hobbie DeHoy

    Oh, I love Rebecca! Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw is another creepy classic. Also, I own this great book called The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories. I also tend to avoid the overly-scary.

  4. Jancee Wright

    So…’Salem’s Lot…I started it a couple days ago. It’s so good but so scary that I kind of want to read ALL the Stephen King and at the same time never read another King again. I didn’t sleep very much at all last night. So excited for the discussions!

  5. Michelle

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Feed. I keep almost buying it. I know I will eventually. Great list. Happy Halloween!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

    My TTT

  6. Isi

    I have read The historian and The passage, and yes, they are creepy, and I loved them!
    I’m a chicken too, so I do know that I will never be able to read The stand 😀

  7. Georgia B

    Is World War Z much like the film? Because I loved the film and fancied reading the book. I too love Neil Gaiman, his books are perfect for Halloween 😀

  8. Kelly

    I totes magoats want to read The Passage (and The Twelve), though the reason I’ve hestitated is because I heard Cronin is dragging his feet on the third novel. I just know I’m going to love this series, and will get all ragey if I have to wait too long for the third.

    • Words For Worms

      Yeah, best to wait so you can binge on the whole series at once, I think. If you have that kind of patience, which, really, with the spuds you likely do.

  9. Rory

    The Stand is just so plausible and that’s what makes it so effective to me. Plus I grew up in Maine and then moved to Boulder – so it’s totally written for me.

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