Happy Halloween everyone! Lots of festivities here on the East Coast were interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, which is a bummer. (Picture above is my cat sitting at my work station during the storm. Creepy!) But there are lots of fun activities happening on-line right now, including the YA Highway pumpkin carving contest and today’s Road Trip Wednesday, which asks:
What’s your favorite scary book or movie?
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Well I know I never shut up about this book, but I have to say The Passage by Justin Cronin comes to mind. It isn’t a horror book, or something maybe more traditionally creepy, but it gave me nightmares for sure. Futuristic, leaping zombie-vampires and a dwindling population desperate to keep the lights on? That was plenty horrifying to me.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwatz
I don’t remember much about this book, but I have the vague impression it was being read aloud in a sleepover scenario, and that I really, really didn’t enjoy it. I think easily the scariest parts of the book are the illustrations by Stephen Gammell. They’re so sparse and haunting. I got the shivers just doing a Google image search for this blog post!
As for movies, I’m most frightened by supernatural or psychological types of horror. The Blair Witch Project was scary, but The Ring kept me awake for a week—and terrified of closets for much longer than that. And at some point I dated someone who thought I could handle watching the original Japanese version of The Grudge… *shudders*
What about you?? What have you read or watched that scared the pants off you? And what will you be doing for Halloween today?