5 chilling tales to cozy up with
It’s always the perfect time to stay in bed under the blankets and snuggle up with a good book, no matter the season. For some, that means reading books that create warm, fuzzy feelings. But for others, like me, cozying up with a book filled with horror and suspense is more like it. And if you’re like me, there is nothing better than being terrified at 2 o’clock in the morning! Here are five creepy and chilling books that are sure to keep you awake and huddled under the covers.
“The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon. A century after Sara Harrison Shea was found dead behind her Vermont house following the tragic loss of her daughter, Ruthie lives in the same house with her sister and their mother, Alice. When Alice disappears, Ruthie reads Sara’s crumbling diary and sees eerie parallels.
“The Hunger” by Alma Katsu. In this supernatural reimagining of the Donner Party story, evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the isolated travelers to the brink of madness. Though they dream of what awaits them in the West, long-buried secrets begin to emerge, and dissent among them escalates to the point of murder and chaos.
“I Remember You: A Ghost Story” by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house. But soon, they realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave, and it’s making its presence felt. Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide, the terrifying truth is uncovered.
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by Iain Reid. Jake and a woman known only as The Girlfriend are taking a long drive to meet his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake takes a sudden detour, leaving The Girlfriend stranded at a deserted high school, the story transforms into a twisted combination of the darkest unease, psychological frailty, and a look into the limitations of solitude.
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Skye is a Library Assistant Specialist at Clermont County Public Library’s Williamsburg Branch. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Charles Bukowski, and Sylvia Plath.