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Let talk about scary books!

Desert Places by Blake CrouchI know this posting probably seems like it would be more appropriate for October but I just read the new R.L Stine novel, Red Rain, and it got me thinking about my favorite scary books. My all-time favorite author, that consistently give me the creeps and makes me scared to read my book in the dark, is none other than Blake Crouch.

I first stepped into the scary world he created, in Desert Places (2004). I had never read a book that scared me and kept me sucked in quite like this one. I eagerly read the next two books in his Andrew Z. Thomas series, Locked Doors (2005) and Stirred (2012). What a completely horrifying and exhilarating ride that was! He definitely tops my scare-o-meter.

I was excited to read the new R.L. Stine since when I was younger I was a huge fan of his Goosebumps series. Red Rain was an entertaining read however, thanks to Mr. Crouch, I can say that I wasn’t as terrified as I’ve come accustom to when reading horror novels. In a hope to step things up in the scary department, I’ve recently picked up Ash by James Herbert. Daily Mail of the U.K. says “Guaranteed to give you nightmares.” One can only hope, I’ll have to find out how many sleepless nights I’ll have from this terror. The Daily Mirror of the U.K. says “The kind of horror story where you think things can’t get any more grim-then they do….A ghoulishly compelling page-turner.” I’m getting pretty excited about this one.

I hope to finish the novel within the next week and will be sure to let you know where it rates on my scare-o-meter. Personally, I am hoping that it gives Blake Crouch a run for his money, I love a good scare.

Who is your favorite “scare master”?