The Most Haunting Books: A List
January 13, 2012
Well THAT was fascinating.
I have long known that the comments on this blog are more interesting than the entries. This is particularly obvious when you look through the response to the question posed in our previous entry: “What’s the most haunting book you’ve read?” Thank you ALL for taking time to share your thoughts.
I’ve collected all the haunting books into an easy-to-use clip ‘n’ save PDF download right here. (Be sure to spend some time with all the great comments, too. Such a bunch of smartypantses!)
I love this list so much. Most striking is the way the definition of haunting varies from reader to reader. Fiction, nonfiction, memoir. Physics to genetics. Children in jeopardy and war are huge, but so are wild fantasy and the most realistic of novels. I see so many titles here that make me go “YES! HAUNTING!” and books I’d long forgotten. Surprises too: The Giving Tree is haunting? You know, Susan, you’re so right.
Our contest winner, chosen via random number generator, is Dr. Karen, who tells us her most haunting book: “Henry James’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW that I read on an overnight train ride from London to Edinburgh 25 years ago has to count as the creepiest full goose bozo kids book for me.” A copy of Alma Katsu’s THE TAKER will be heading your way soon.
Many thanks to Alma Katsu for inspiring a juicy book conversation. Now it’s time to grab a book for the weekend.