So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…
🌈 Halloween Freebie! 🌈
🎃 Creepy Cornucopia! 🎃
So this is my first freebie week. I don’t read many scary stories, or watch scary films since I’m a self-proclaimed wimp! So this week I’m going to pick anything creepy I’ve ever come across while reading, be it terrifying tales, disturbing drawings, sinister sections or creepy covers. So, in order of how I encountered them, here’s my top ten.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl loves the macabre and never shies away from something gruesome but I think ‘The Witches’ is the most terrifying piece of work he’s produced.
Coupled with that, Quentin Blake’s spot on illustrations and Angelica Houston’s portrayal in the movie, ‘The Witches’ terrified me for far longer than I care to admit!
2. Book cover of Carrie
I’ve never read Carrie or seen the film but my mum had/has a copy which shows a woman with her face dripping with blood. (I actually managed to find the actual cover she owned, pictured above.) I used to turn it around so the cover wouldn’t show because it made me so jumpy and nervous!
3. The Dead Marshes in The Two Towers by J.R.R.Tolkien
Oh the moment the hobbits spotted the dead faces in the water, I knew I’d have nightmares. Of course, The Lord of the Rings adaption is superlative and it was even more disturbing to see it on the big screen. Just look how terrifying that is? Brrr!
4. All the dead things in Sabriel by Garth Nix
Considering a have massive dead things/zombie phobia, I’m pretty proud to have made it through Sabriel and all the consequent sequels (and prequels) where the re-animated dead feature heavily! Sabriel’s primary foe, Kerrigor, is particular horrifying.
5. The Inferi in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling
The dead bodies that come to life in the cave when Harry and Dumbledore are retrieving the first ‘horcrux’? Yeah, nope. I especially hate that bit in the film where you absolutely know with unerring certainty that one is going to burst out the water and grab Harry but you still jump out of your skin when it happens.
6. The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy
I studied this short story as part of my exams when I was in school. There’s a part when a character awakes to an incubus crouched on her chest that begins to torment her. The rest of the tale is just as jolly. I had to read it through my fingers in class!
7. Cathy’s Ghost in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I almost fell at the first hurdle when reading Wuthering Heights. In the first few chapters, Mr. Lockwood is forced to stay at Wuthering Heights. It’s a stormy night and the branches off the tree scratching against the window pane are keeping him awake. He smashes the window to brush it away (as you do) when a ghostly hand seizes his and demands to be let in. He can’t shake off the phantom’s hand so he rubs the ghost’s wrists against the broken glass until it bleeds profusely and lets go. Just horrible! I get a dreadful sensation even writing it! It’s a miracle I carried on reading.
8. Madeline Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Of course Poe had to figure here somewhere! In the story, Roderick Usher entombs his sister alive and seriously sinister antics ensue. The story is excellent but I don’t like to dwell on it too much (did I mention I was a wuss?!)
9. The Listeners by Walter de la Mare
I had to teach this poem in my first year of teaching. It was super tough to pretend I wasn’t creeped out in front of my class of ten and eleven year olds!
10. Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is actually the next book I plan to read, if I’m feeling brave enough of course! Dracula is so part of the collective conscience that I genuinely don’t know what to expect but I’m excited to tackle it!
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