Monday, October 31, 2011

Daver's Five Best Scariest Books

And of course, another confession. I am a reader. Ok, that's an understatement of fact. I love books. In fact, my house looks more like a half-strewn library at times, and if I didn't fear the risk losing my career I would probably read all day and night long. If I had a hundred dollar bill for every page of all the books I own, I would have a good start on paying back the debt that the Wall Street brokers & mortgage companies got in the bail-out (ok, maybe just Goldman Sachs or Freddie Mac).

In honor of Halloween, I will try to narrow down my top 5 favorite scariest books...again, this is a challenge because there are so many good stories out there!

5. A Good Man is Hard to Find (by Flannery O'Connor).
 A short story about a road trip to Florida with grandma. Written in the 1950's, it's still a good read!

4. The Stand, by Stephen King.
It's flu should read it now. The unabridged version is best, but it's Tolstoy-like in length. Good read!

3. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Ever have an unsettling feeling while visiting strange little towns where the people act a little odd, and things seem just a little off? 

2. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
One of my all-time favorites by Hawthorne.

1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Nice letters written between senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a "temptor", named Wormwood. The letters are about the many ways to bring about the damnation of a British man, known only as, "the patient." Gives a great fictional account of how demons might dialogue about how to best entice a man into sin. A great Christian apologist and an academic (most notably at Oxford), Lewis' works are exceptional. I could write several pages on my fondness for C.S. Lewis' writings. 


Ok, so there are many other books that should be considered as well, including the many works of Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, etc.), H.P. Lovecraft, Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter stories (especially Hannibal), and It, by Stephen King (and most of his other works as well). I used to love the short stories in the Alfred Hitchcock books. Nathaniel Hawthorne's other works are excellent, but probably a bit heady. There are many more that I'm sure I've forgotten about that I can't seem to recall at the moment. Feel free to add you favorites.

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