When I started to make this list, I realized something kind of important: I haven’t read a ton of scary books. I mean, I’ve read my fair share, but a vast majority of them are by Stephen King. And, even though I’m a fan, I didn’t want this countdown to become a King-apalooza. So I had to go through my Goodreads and really ask myself what makes a story scary. I’ve read plenty of books that had me eagerly turning the pages, but were they actually scary? After some consideration, I narrowed it down to the four I needed. Agree? Disagree? Tell me more in the comments!
4) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Why this book?
For anyone who doesn’t know, this story *spoiler alert* is basically about a bunch of kids who get stranded on an island and slowly devolve into barbarians. Violence reigns supreme in this dark tale of human nature. And that right there is why this is number four in my countdown: Ghosts and monsters are scary, sure. But you know what’s really scary? Our basest desires–humanity at its very worst, stripped of conscience and compassion. And the question: Exactly how much (or how little) does it take to drive us to that point?
“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”
Book cover and quote from Goodreads.com. Lord of the Flies written by William Golding.