Books from Hell! 2014/15

At my sweet day job, I get to meet a lot of cool people doing interesting research and writing cool books, and more. One faculty member, for example, has recently embarked on consuming every notable piece of speculative fiction as part of his research. He expects it will take him 10 years.

I love the idea so much that I’ve decided to do something similar for the purposes of this blog, but with a much, much, much less ambitious goal in mind. I’ve decided to create/gather a list of 12 notable horror novels (and/or novellas) and read every single one beginning this month — October 2014 to October 31, 2015. And I need your help.

I have started crafting my list, and while I don’t have all the slots filled (nor will I read them in the order here), I will begin in a few weeks with Shirley Jackson. But that’s the problem — I don’t have all the slots filled. I need your suggestions.

What book has scared you so bad you’ve had to hide it in the freezer?

Leave a comment here (comments are open for 60 days), or on Facebook or Twitter (@Steph_Sparks1). I can’t promise to add it, but I will consider every suggestion to perfect my horrific list. So please come back to see how the list is coming. I will conclude my mission by writing a post about what I’ve learned. Unless I end up scaring myself to death (or grey hair).

1. Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
2. Hell House by Richard Matheson
3. Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes
4. Salem’s Lot, Stephen King
5. At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft
6. The Drowning Girl, Caitlin R. Kiernan
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(Please note, I’ve read a crap-ton of Stephen King, and am considering adding Salem’s Lot because that’s the only vampire book that’s ever scared me and I haven’t read it in many, many years. But I am looking for suggestions for Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub and H.P. Lovecraft.)