I really enjoyed Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This young adult dystopian zombie apocalypse novel is one of the books I recommend to teens the most often. How would you like to grow up trapped in a village where the only thing that protects you from the “Unconsecrated” (zombies) is an old fence surrounding the town? Then, for the first time in a generation, an outsider comes to the village gate. Soon, the unconsecrated are overrunning the town and a small group of survivors are forced out – beyond everything they have ever known. Pretty creepy… and don’t expect everyone to survive the journey.
I like a good scary story like a lot of people, but what scares me the most are when there are no monsters or ghosts. The Road by Cormac McCarthy was the scariest book I've read in recent years, for a number of reasons. There is no "bad guy" in this book. We don't know what happened to make the world the way it is. The only enemies are other survivors, and this man and his child are just trying to survive. It's heartbreaking and terrifying.
Although Halloween may be known for its creepy and macabre themes, it’s sitting around a campfire in the summer with just the right story that will give me the willies. So it was when I was a kid that my Grandma read us The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe is already a writer that knows how to twist words into just the right arrangement to psychologically scare you. The Black Cat is a descriptive and freaky story about a crazy man, a crazy cat, and (surprise, surprise) entombment. While around that campfire, you have nothing else to do but imagine a one eyed hissing cat with a taste for blood. Creepy, creepy, creepy.
What's your creepiest read?