Hey lovely readers!
Another re-share from Blogtober! 5 scary books from my childhood 😊
Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn
“When the mysterious Vincent Morthanos arrives to stay at her father’s inn, 16-year-old Cynda is mesmerized. His charm and sensitivity are irresistible. His attentiveness is constant. Cynda’s sure she’s in love. Daring to hope that the stranger shares her feelings, Cynda is innocently blind to who he really is–or to the terrible danger of coming under his spell.”
This one probably the first romance-esque book I read as a kid. I was I think, 14 when I read this. It was totally mom approved by the way! I read it again recently and I think reading this in my early teens was fine. It still creeps me out even now. It really highlights how susceptible a young girl can be when she believes she’s in love. It was terrifying, the amount of control Vincent has over Cynda. This book definitely sparked my teenage obsession with vampires 😉
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
“Amy is terrified. She hears scratching and scurrying noises coming from the dollhouse, and the dolls she was playing with are not where she left them. Dolls can’t move by themselves, she tells herself. But every night when Amy goes into the attic to check on the dollhouse, it is filled with an eerie light and the dolls have moved again! Are the dolls trying to tell her something? Are their movements connected to the grisly murders of her own great-grandparents? In a spine-chilling climax, Amy and her sister unravel the secrets of the petrifying dollhouse murders.”
I found this one in my school library when I was about 10, I was totally attracted by the word murder and the creepy cover! I just found the mystery element so fascinating. Plus, what’s creepier then dolls moving around on their own.
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards…all to chill your bones! Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room.”
If you’ve never read Alvin Schwartz’s books what are you even doing with your life? Seriously there’s a story in this book about a girl with a green ribbon around her neck. Still freaking creeps me out so much, I won’t say why. This is an excellent Halloween read. My sisters and I still read this every year around this time along with the next book on this list!
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1) by Alvin Schwartz
“This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.
There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.
Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.”
Okay, if you haven’t read these I’m not sure we can be friends 😉 These are the ultimate scary books, seriously they never get old. A collection of scary stories perfect for Halloween. The one where the thing comes down the chimney still gets me every time I hear a noise on my roof haha.
A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon
“Caught in a violent storm, Lisa and her three friends take refuge in an old deserted house. Inside are strewn odd tricks and gadgets-the props of a practiced magician. Doors slam shut. The phones go dead. A ghostly hand creeps across the mantel. But the group’s fascination at these effects quickly turns to horror.
Lisa has always dreamed of being a magician. Now her life and the lives of her friends-depend on her skill. Because one by one the tricks are becoming more sinister, luring the group closer and closer to the terrible secret at the end of the corridor…”
I’ve read every single one of Joan Lowery Nixon’s books, and this one is by far my favorite. It reminds of a horror movie and it’s just so fun to read. I’ll admit that the book isn’t outright scary. It’s very subtle, it sneaks up on you. The scariest part of this is the ending, because it’s honestly brutal and kind of shocking. I absolutely love it.
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Covers and synopsis’ from Goodreads