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  • Writer's pictureJordan Abbruzzese

Welcome to Spooky Book Club

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

*Vincent Prince 'Thriller" voice*

Welcome, to Spooky Book Club.

*Clears throat* The room is filled with dark mahogany furniture, red velvet carpets, and a drink cart holding skull-shaped goblets. Tall windows are dimmed by heavy curtains, candelabras sit on dusty tables - their flames highlighting spider webs slowly swinging in ceiling corners. Oh, and I'd be dressed like Elvira. This is my fantasy Spooky Book Club.

I was thinking of which types of books I wanted to read this year, and realized that it had been a really long time since I've read a book that scared the pants off of me. Then the thought of ~Spooky Book Club~ came to me - followed by the realization that everyone in the whole entire world is incredibly busy and I probably couldn't get my close friends to commit. Plus I'd go super over the top and probably include a blood sacrifice and goats or something - because I just love a theme - so it's best I sit this one out.

But I compiled a list anyway. A spooky reading list for anyone interested in taking part in my hypothetical spooky book club. It's Friday, I'm feeling WEIRD, so I'll lay this out:

Spooky Book Club Reading List

(* = books I have already read, but would like to read again)

Dracula by Bram Stoker*

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie*

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley*

Psycho by Robert Bloch

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux*

It by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft*

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury*

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson*

World War Z by Max Brooks

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

See, first we would read the book, then discuss it, then watch the film adaptation(s). It would be a delightfully "horror"-ible time.

Feel free to comment below or reach out to me with any other suggestions of scary books you've read in the past. I'm just dying to know your thoughts.

Okay, I'm done. Really. Probably.

Have a warm and wonderful weekend, everyone. Tonight I am going to drink wine and play lots of Skip-Bo.


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