Need something a little extra spooky this season to scare your socks off? You are not alone! Some of us need more truly nightmarish tales to really send us running and screaming off into the woods. With these titles you might run into cannibals, a serial killer, a clown, or other dark scenes…
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Five friends from New York City escape to the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River for some rest and relaxation, only to be terrorized by a cannibalistic family with an unquenchable hunger for human flesh.
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Journalist Kazayuki Asakawa’s investigation into the sudden deaths of four teenagers from heart failure leads to an isolated cabin containing a videotape warning of death in seven days unless certain, now missing, instructions are not followed.
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
Three elderly friends with the power feed off emotions generated during murders meet every year to discuss their game–an ongoing competition of mass murder and vampirism.
The Between by Tananarive Due
The effect on an a black family of racist death threats. They are sent to the mother, a judge in Miami, but it is the husband who is most affected. Already unstable because of a near-drowning in childhood, the threats provoke in him nightmares and anger which he takes out on his family.
The Handyman by Bentley Little
Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood and acted as if he didn’t know how to respond in a human manner. Young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy, but eventually learned the terrifying truth about Frank. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of THEM out there…
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
A family vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake faces a home invasion by four strangers carrying menacing but unidentifiable objects who claim to be acting to save the world.
The Troop by Nick Cutter
During a camping trip, on an uninhabited island off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Tim and his boy scout troop encounter an unexpected intruder whose bioengineered body spreads horror faster than fear.