Ellen’s Scary Books A-List
[Someone once asked me for a list of books that I’ve found to be scary. This list is quite a few years old now — no title on it is more recent than 1993 — so maybe one of these days I’ll update it.]
A Child in Time (1987) by Ian McEwan is about the aftereffects of a child abduction that is never solved. Even though I have no children this parent’s nightmare is remarkably disturbing.
If You Could See Me Now (1977) by Peter Straub — something about it just got under my skin.
Skin (1993) by Kathe Koja — probably because I find mutilation frightening and voluntary mutilation even more so.
Dying in Bangkok (1993) by Dan Simmons — a chilling erotic horror novella.