The All Hallow’s Read website has some great lists of recommendations broken down by various age groups for those like me who have zero experience with children but want to send something at least somewhat appropriate to a niece/nephew/friend’s kid. But what about adults? I personally haven’t read nearly as much horror as I would like, not by a long shot, but even so here are some of the books I will be giving or have considered giving this All Hallow’s Read.
- Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances – Neil Gaiman
A collection of short stories that range in creepiness, there’s definitely something in there to freak out nearly anyone to some degree.
- The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales – H.P. Lovecraft
A classic in horror fiction. Very weird, very twisted, very fascinating (lots of monsters!)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
I didn’t realize it was horror until now, the kind of horror that will make you feel like a child again.
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
In case they haven’t read one of the true monster stories! Include also: Dracula – Bram Stoker; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
- Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Is it a children’s book? Sure, a very scary one that adults will love too.
- Clearly a running theme that many things by Neil Gaiman are goodly scary in the best way, and so is anything by Stephen King while I’m at it. In fact, King is listed most often in the most popular horror books in Goodreads. I don’t think any of us are that surprised.
And keep in mind that everyone has a different idea of what is scary, so gauge the audience you are gifting to and go from there. Some people are more scared of what people can do than monsters, while some have a really low bar on what will keep them up at night. These are just a few I considered for some of my adult friends this year.
Now go out there and give away some scary books! What could possibly go wrong?
Not sure what I’m talking about? Read yesterday’s post: All Hallow’s Read – What is it?