Halloween is my favourite time of the year and to get in the mood for it, here are my favourite retro horror books! I love these kinds of books that are from the eighties and nineties. Some of these I read as a kid and still enjoy which is why they are on the list. I suddenly feel so old now that I’m classing them as retro, though…
Carrie by Stephen King
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No horror book list is complete without at least one Stephen King book. Carrie was his first ever book that was published and it was the first book of his that I read all the way through. His writing tends to get long-winded at times, but Carrie is pretty short, compared to his later books, and I loved the storyline of a bullied girl, finally snapping and taking revenge with her supernatural powers. I wouldn’t say that it scared me, but there’s some gore in it and when she finally snaps it is quite twisted what she does.
Misery by Stephen King
Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
Last Stephen King book, I promise.
Even though a majority of this book takes place in a single room, it’s still really interesting. This is when I don’t mind Stephen King being a little bit long-winded with his storytelling. You get to feel and experience everything that the main character is feeling. This book also freaks me out because, unlike Carrie and the other books on this list, it is something that could actually happen to someone.
The Vampire’s Promise by Caroline B. Cooney
Lacey and her friends are looking for excitement – a night to end all nights. So they break into the Mall House, the mysterious dark house soon to be demolished. Inside, they wake the Vampire living there from his slumbers and he comes to them, holding them prisoner. The vampire promises them one thing – that he will let them go – except for one who will satisfy his hunger. And between them, a horrific decision must be made. They must decide which one of them will be his…
I’ll start off by saying that this book isn’t scary and it is very cheesy. The characters are all teenage stereotypes, but saying that, they all do have some depth to them. You get to be inside all of their heads so you know what they’re thinking and can see why they make the decisions that they do. The vampire is also kind of different to the stereotypical vampire, which was a plus. He’s more of a decaying entity than a physical being, and he also seems to feed off energy and not blood which I haven’t seen before.
I really liked this book as a kid and reading it again I still enjoyed it. The writing is a bit weird at times, but it’s still pretty easy to get through and it’s on Amazon for just a penny!
Twenty Spine Tingling Mini Mysteries by Diana Anastasio
This book contains 20 chilling mysteries for readers to solve.
This book belonged to my brother but I pretty much stole it. The title says it all really. It’s a book that contains 20 mysteries that you can try to solve yourself (or just look at the answers in the back is you’re struggling). I do remember being creeped out by some of the mysteries, especially the spider one. The illustrations don’t help either. But, the stories are still short and quick to read.
It’s a really fun book and if you’re into solving mysteries then I would definitely recommend it. It’s also available on Amazon for just a penny!
Give Yourself Goosebumps: Trapped in Bat Wing Hall
The Horror Club meets in a spooky old house called Bat Wing Hall. In this house strange things happen. You could find yourself being chased by green-skinned monsters, dodging deadly tarantulas or turning into a furry-faced vampre bat. The book contains over 20 spooky ending to choose from.
I read this as a kid and I loved it so much! I love interactive books and a good one is rare to find. In this Goosebumps book, you get to choose your own adventure and it has over 20 alternate endings.
I don’t think I ever managed to complete the quest and escape the way you’re supposed to when I was a kid, and some of the endings I thought were actually quite scary, and not situations I would want to end up in. I had another go at it before writing this post. It’s still enjoyable and easy to follow. I still didn’t complete the quest, but I did escape! I’m going to give it another try. I will finish this quest one day…
Would definitely recommend this for a quick Halloween read. It’s book number three of a series, but all the books are standalones and don’t link together so you don’t need to worry about missing anything. It’s also really cheap on Amazon!
Thanks for reading! If you have already read any of these books or if you decide to read any of them then let me know! I love talking about books!