Good morning! It’s the last of Steph’s Pumpkin Spice Goodness prompts today, somehow it’s already November next week?! I’ve tried to not repeat myself too much from my Characters I’d Be Scared To Meet post as I focused quite a lot of the characters that I wouldn’t want to meet because they scared me. Perhaps I should have checked the upcoming prompts and focused a little more on characters I’d be scared to meet for other reasons, oops!
Scary Stories and Characters
I’m not a huge horror reader (or film watcher) to be honest so you’re not going to find six out and out horror characters and books below I’m afraid but you will find a couple of dystopian novels… I’ve also picked two books that I intend to read but haven’t got to yet but I’m reliably informed are spooky…
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Dystopian novel number 1 – This was one of my set texts for my AS English Literature and I remember the general concept of it completely freaking me out. I think over the years this has actually become more scary to me, especially as certain elements within America seem quite determined to roll back a person’s right to chose and suddenly it doesn’t seem so completely absurd that Gilead might appear!
Gilded Cage by Vic James
The Dark Gifts trilogy is such a wonderful series from Vic James. The real United Kingdom might not be split into the gifted and those without but lets not pretend there’s not still a real class divide in the country. Given some of the comments by certain MPs around the idea of providing funding for those with free school meals during holidays they probably wouldn’t be adverse to making certain people perform Slave Days….
Mombi from Return To Oz
This one is a repeat from my previous post but I couldn’t compile a list of scary characters and books and not include the film character that terrified me as a child. I’m not sure how the film version compares to the character in the book but a character that can change her head at will and wants Dorothy’s head to add to her head library… Six year old me was not impressed with my dad for getting me to watch this
The King from Viper
How to explain this without giving away any spoilers… Adler, the original Viper, would have probably been the obvious choice, he was cruel and took pleasure in inflicting pain on others. But for me someone who appears to be charismatic and the ‘good guy’ in order to mask their true intentions and beliefs is more sinister…
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
About The Book…
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
This is the first of the two books on my list I’ve not read yet but intrigue me. I’m told this is spooky and creepy rather than all out horror and it’s a mammoth book to get through but one day…
Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury
About The Book…
Everyone knows what happened to Alva’s mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future – and question everything she thought she knew about her past…
How could I conclude a post based on one of Steph’s prompts without including this title from her queen Melinda Salisbury. This title is actually sitting on my kindle shelves so I’m a step closer to actually reading it, I mean owning it is the first step right… I’ve been told amazing things about this one so I’m looking forward to actually reading it!
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!