There’s nothing quite like hopping into bed at night and snuggling down under the covers with a good book.
Drifting off to sleep with the words floating around your mind, filling your dreams. Bliss!
But there are some books that are absolutely not nighttime reading. Instead of helping you go to sleep, these books will have you triple-checking under your bed for dark figures and jumping at every crick and creak outside.
We’ve scored each book out of five fluffy ducks for just how much cuteness you’ll need to stop being scared.
Check out our list and then let us know your picks in the comments below.
A terrifying classic from the master of horror writing, this novel caused an entire generation of readers to freak out at the sight of clowns.
The story revolves around the small town of Derry, which is terrorised every 27 years by a murderous, evil being from another dimension. The creature, It, takes the form of whatever it’s victims fear most – shifting from a werewolf, to a mummy, and gushing blood.
The story is violent, scary and guaranteed to give you the creepy chills. Definitely one to read in the sunny daylight, surrounded by plenty of people, we give It a score of 3/5 fluffy ducks for how scared it’ll make you.
True life is often more scary than fiction, and nowhere is this more true than with the horrors committed by the Manson Family during the late 1960s.
This book is a firsthand account of the investigation and prosecution of Charles Manson and his group of rag-tag believers known as the Manson Family.
Over two days in August 1969, Manson incited his followers to carry out a violent killing spree with the goal to bring about a racial war.
Both a fascinating insight into the danger of a persuasive man, and a nightmarish account of the violence that the group inflicted, this is definitely a book that will have you double triple checking the windows and doors.
We give this one 4/5 fluffy ducks – especially because it’s scary to know that Manson is still alive and still attracts fans.
Written by the author or Fight Club and Choke, rather than a single story, this is actually a series of short stories brought together within a longer narrative.
It’s gruesome, awkward and at times really, really gross. Providing a reflection with our obsession with fame and ‘creating a story’ it tells of a group of writers trapped in an abandoned theatre who sabotage their own rescue in order to fabricate a story that they can sell when they eventually escape.
The stories in this book are guaranteed to stay with you for a long time after reading. In fact, up to 73 people have fainted during live readings of one of the short stories, ‘Guts’.
We give this 5/5 fluffy ducks – Palahniuk is a master in entering the darkest parts of our imagination and bringing those thoughts to life.
The infamous villain, Bram Stoker’s Dracula captured the imagination of the public when it was published in 1897. Although many vampire novels and movies have come since, nothing can compare to this original of the Gothic horror genre.
Dracula stalks his victims, possesses the minds of his followers and rules the night. Pursued by Van Helsing and his compatriots, Dracula is eventually defeated but not before murdering the fiancé of one of his enemies and turning her into a vampire.
Dracula gets 3/5 fluffy ducks – recent attempts to make vampires appear less scary than they are (we’re looking at you Twilight) haven’t dimmed the truly terrifying idea of a suave, aristocratic man with a thirst for blood.
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