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Frightening Books to Give You the Chills

Baby in a witch's costume holding a book
Welcome back to the Longview at Georgetown Blog, where we share cleaning tips, movie recommendations, and much more. Last month, we shared our favorite movies that released during the summer 2018 season; now, we’re focusing on books. To celebrate the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we’re sharing three horror books that scared the King of Horror, Stephen King. Sit back and keep the lights on as you read one of these frightening books in your Georgetown, MA apartment.

The following titles and descriptions were pulled from

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
“To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.”

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
“Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

“...Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.”

Niceville by Carsten Stroud
“A boy literally disappears from Main Street.  A security camera captures the moment of his instant, inexplicable vanishing. An audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong: four cops are gunned down; a TV news helicopter is shot and spins crazily out of the sky, triggering a disastrous cascade of events that ricochet across twenty different lives over the course of just thirty-six hours…”

Do you have a book that frightens you? Leave the title in a comment below. Happy Halloween!