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Friday the 13th: A Reading Guide

In honor of Friday the 13th, I’ve put together a list of ten* scary/freaky/eerie books appropriate for reading today, complete with 13 word** blurbs on each:


It by Stephen King – It gets uncomfortably weird, and it’s mega long, but man, is it great.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Has one of the greatest twists I’ve read. Totally didn’t see it coming.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – Outside of Stephen King, I’ve never enjoyed a horror book more. Superb stuff.

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris– The equal of the movie, with a heaping helping of Hannibal to savor.

Batman: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder – Batman faces a faceless Joker with a literal face mask for a face.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King – One of King’s best. Raising the dead goes about as well as this.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess – I’ll bet you’ve never put anything quite like this book in your gulliver.

Horns by Joe Hill – Others compulsively tell a man the ugly truth, like dark, reverse Liar Liar.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Everyone could use more Gaiman magic. He keeps it real through the unreal.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – A story as unsettling as its author’s flagrant disregard for punctuation and grammar.


*Why not thirteen? Because that would be unlucky, of course.


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