10 Scary Horror Novels that kept me awake at night
I may be a horror writer, but I am a horror reader first. Every night I read for an hour or two, and I get through dozens of books every year. It’s unfortunate that many books I begin don’t grip me until the end, but here is a list of terrifying reads that I devoured happily. These books scared me, and they might scare you.
This book completely switched themes in the middle, but I stayed with it. The story starts out as a victim-tale, then quickly progresses to a revenge thriller, but it ends up in pure supernatural territory. If you like your horror to stick with one character and take you on a journey, then The Devil’s Prayer
is a fantastic read that will leave you thinking long afterwards.
Scary if you worry about what comes after.
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Projected release date of July 2017.
“It’s beautiful,” said Lieutenant Tosco from the bridge. Gazing out through the same long, glass window Captain Guy Granger was inclined to agree. The sight before them was most certainly beautiful. As perfect and as sublime as a mirage, but real.
Skip stroked his wiry, grey beard and grinned from ear to ear. “Well done, you Brits!”
Guy tried to count the number of ships amassed in the waters outside Portsmouth but gave up after ninety. There were more than a hundred warships huddled together in the Channel, large and small, and from many nations. Most were British, but Guy also spotted French, German, Belgian, and Spanish flags. Tosco had done what he could over the past weeks to discover the situation in Western Europe, but what spotty reports he’d garnered hinted that all human resistance was inland around the capitals. That left naval forces of little use to nations like France and Germany, and their capitals Paris and Berlin. Britain, however, being an island was an obvious rallying point for orderless sailors and marines. This was a place any seafaring man could go to wage war against his enemy—and it was glorious.
“I think I even see a couple of Yankee ships,” said Tosco. “And look! That’s a goddamn German nuclear sub. You could flatten a city with what they have on board.”
The mention of nuclear capabilities turned guy’s stomach. A miracle that no country had let loose its sparrows of death and reduced the earth to wasteland. When the direst of times had come, no world leader pressed that big red button. There was something comforting about that. Perhaps mankind was still worth redeeming.
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So here’s chapter 1 of Hell on Earth book 3, Extinction. This is a rough draft, so no need to point out any typos. Just enjoy.
“Max, come back here. It’s not safe.”
“There’s food, mummy.”
Marcy crouched beside the crumpled, flat-tyred Volkswagen and motioned to her son. At four years old, Max had not yet developed an adequate danger-radar to keep him from running off wildly at every opportunity. Trying to control a child in the apocalypse was no easier than it had been before, but now there was a severe shortage of alcohol to help recover one’s senses at night.
Christ, I would kill for a G & T.
Bizarrely, Marcy’s bond with her enthusiastic son had only galvanised since the demons came and drove them from their home. No more rushed shopping trips or stress-filled play dates with her bitchy mum-friends to endure, she now spent every waking hour with Max and gave him her absolute attention. They were inseparable—apocalypse survivors scrounging through bins and hiding out in burnt buildings together. Marcy had to admit having only to worry about food and shelter was a simpler life than the one she’d had previously—an existence of mortgage payments and cheating husbands—but being constantly terrified did take its toll. Her hands shook constantly and she started most mornings by vomiting.
“Max, be careful. We don’t know if we’re alone out here.”
Max peered back at her from the wheelie bin he was leaning into, and frowned in a way only inquisitive four-year olds could. “Monsters? I don’t like the monsters.”
Marcy looked left and right, then scurried from her hiding spot and crossed the road to the bins. She placed a hand on her child’s warm back and felt the relief of physical contact. “We haven’t seen any for a while, but we still have to be careful, okay?”
“Okay, mummy.” He gave her a hug and she shuddered at the feel of his ribcage against her own. “But look!”
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Hi everyone, so I thought I should write something on here as it’s been a little while. I have so much to do that blogging often escapes me. So, what’s new in the world of Horror? Well, I’m reading an awesome book about a witch. It’s called Hex
and you can get it cheap for Amazon Kindle.
I’ve also watched the recent remake Evil Dead twice this month as I just love having it on in the background while I work (that’s weird, right?).
What’s been on my mind the most, however, is the videogame Resident Evil. It has been the most enjoyable piece of horror I have experienced in a long time. It was just so… fresh! The story was a little hackneyed one could surmise, but the way it delivered the horror to me on screen was truly visceral in a way I can’t remember in recent memory. The opening scenes featured images that will stay with me forever. Sitting at the table with the Baker family was as iconic as any scene featuring Leatherface or Pinhead. Being forced-fed human-offal stay with you.
I also liked the evolving storyline that slowly shed sympathy upon the antagonists. They were more than the hammy stock villains you usually get in videogames. The puzzles were just the right amount, the combat was tense, and the graphics were sublime (1440p on Ultra with my GTX 1080). All in all, it was the best videogame I have played in a long while, and the fact that it was horror title just makes it all the better. Bring us more adult games like this please. I want to be afraid.
If you have a PC, then you can get a Steam Key for the game super cheap from CDKEYS here: http://www.cdkeys.com/pc/games/resident-evil-7-
If you have a console, then grab a used copy on Amazon. You really shouldn’t miss out on the experience.
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