This is my first time participating in a Blogtober challenge or just blog challenges in general. I’m so excited to take part in this challenge! Today Blogtober topic is CREEPY READS, created by Jenniely
In this post I’m going to talk a little bit about 3 of my favorite creepy reads. When I say creepy, it means that the books are really creepy—well, to me at least. So without wasting more time, let’s see the creepy books I pick for today’s challenge!
THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE by Amelinda Bérubé
Something is wrong with Marianne.
It’s not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.
She’s losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.
Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.
It’s a horror story and has a lot of creepy scenes. I was reading this book at night in my room last year, and I switched off the light in my room—because the light hurt my eyes, no kidding. And I thought it wasn’t really scary—creepy? yes. scary? not so much—not until the exorcism part when the ghost showed itself. I got a feeling like something/someone was beside me at that time, I’ve never turned the light back on so quick after that. The fact that in my head I pictured Valak from The Nun film doesn’t help either. Out of all the ghosts from horror films, it has to be Valak that I pictured.
The first thing that creeps me out was when Marienne’s mom found her levitating in the air at night outside of their house, she was asleep and obviously isn’t conscious when it happened. That was vey freaky. Also, the scene where she met her friend’s mom who is a tarot reader, and the woman told her that something sinister is disturbing her, I’ve got a goosebumps after she said it. Even the warning that the woman gave to Marianne terrifies me, and I knew things will get worse from there on. Not to mention the exorcism part was very scary, the scene was a bit confusing but when the ghost that haunts her explain everything, it makes a lot of sense after that. It was very suspenseful learning about the identity of the ghost that possessed her. Most importantly, the ghost and Marianne, their connection has something to do with Marianne’s decision to quit dancing, and her mental illness, and obviously ice or cold water.
AFTER ALWAYS by Barbara J. Hancock
Lydia Li’s life ended when Tristan died. At least, that’s how it felt. Sure, they had problems and he could be a little…intense…at times, but he’d loved her. He was the Romeo to her Juliet…And now he was gone.
When her parents get her to agree to a summer across the country with a music teacher who runs an inn, Lydia agrees…But it’s different than what she expected. There’s something else there. Something that feels a lot like Tristan. But that’s impossible, right?
Then there’s Michael Malone, the quiet guy who’s Tristan’s opposite in every way. And Lydia can’t help but be drawn to his…and whatever the house is hiding.
This book was scary, but it doesn’t have too much of heavy horror elements in it. It does give me a strong creepy vibe, mainly because of the creepy inn and the horror backstory about the first person who owned the inn. The first owner of the inn did something sinister that only brings a lot of evil spirits into the inn. The evil spirits really scares me a lot, one of them played Lydia’s violin at night, and one of them sat on an old chair and looking at Lydia with its creepy-looking-face, and the chandelier that tried to kill Michael because he was standing too close to Lydia. So many paranormal activity happened in this book.
The rats scene, it was disgustingly creepy in so many ways. All the rats hiding a very old corpse of a dead man, and then ran all over the place once Michael and Lydia was there to check on the corpse. I seriously didn’t like rats at all, so I find the scene to be so disturbing. If I were Lydia, I would’ve get out of the inn as fast as I can the moment I feel something is wrong with the inn. And the ghost of the first owner haunts Lydia and try to lure her to the sea, and from that there was a lot of things and secrets finally came to light. It suddenly make sense why Lydia can feel a strong connection to the sea, and it really helps her see the reason behind Tristan’s death.
DARK REFLECTIONS by Kelsey Ketch
Being possessed by a vampire sucks!
Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.
However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.
Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well.
The most unique but also the most terrifying story about a girl getting possessed by a vicious vampire. Definitely unlike the other normal vampire books, this one is extremely scary. The whole possession thing was so creepy. Alana was never conscious when the evil vampire took over her body at night, she only conscious during the day. All the vile things that the vampire did to those poor guys was so scary. She tied them up and sleep with them and then killed them by drinking their bloods. There are some gore scenes that makes me feel so uncomfortable. I feel bad for Alana, the fact that she didn’t do it but the vampire did by using her body, that really put her in a very messed up situation. I had a major goosebumps reading the part where Alana talked with the vampire on the mirror, even after what the vampire did with her body, she was still brave enough to face the vampire and even did the ritual thing to get rid of it.
I read this book a few months ago, and it was during nighttime too…I don’t know what’s with me and reading these horror and scary books at night, but one thing for sure if I were to read another horror book, I better read it during the day. I just get scared so easily reading it at night.
Those are the 3 books that I find really creepy! You can add it to your TBR, I already put the Goodreads link for each book.
I hope you enjoy this post, and watch out for more Blogtober post coming soon…