vampires in a town called Jerusalem’s Lot. These are not the glamorous vampires found in some stories. These vampires are ancient, evil, blood-thirsty creatures. When the book first came out, you didn’t know at first that vampires were the cause of the town dying. Now, everybody knows that Salem’s Lot is about vampires. Check this book out if you get a chance, but be warned. Leave the lights on.
05. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw tells the tale of a governess who is hired to care for a man’s orphaned niece and nephew, Flora and Miles. When the governess arrives at the estate, Miles is away at boarding school. Shortly after her arrival, he is sent home. The governess sees two strangers roaming around the estate at will. She becomes convinced that the strangers are the former governess and her lover, Peter. She believes that the children are aware of the ghosts. The book keeps you guessing whether or not the ghosts are real or just a figment of the governess’s fractured mind. This book is kind of like an old-fashioned ghost story. It’s why I like it.
04. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
Though this book was written for young adults, it still is a pretty good read. It’s about vampire Edward Cullen and his mortal love, Bella Swann. There are good vampires, bad vampires, shape shifters, and plenty of teen angst.
03. The Amittyville Horror by Jay Anson
The cover of this book says that it is based on true events. True or not, it is still plenty creepy. The book was written about the Lutz family. George, Kathleen, and their three kids move into the house at 112 Ocean avenue. This is the same house where, 13 months earlier, Ronald DeFeo Jr murdered 6 members of his family. After 28 days, the Lutzes left the house. They claimed they had been terrorized by supernatural phenomena. This is a great book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night. Very spooky stuff.
02. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe and Wilbur Stewart Scott
This collection includes such classics as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. If you’ve never read Poe, this book is available at www.amazon.com. Get it. You won’t be disappointed. Poe never fails to deliver a masterpiece that will set your spine to tingling. My favorite story would have to be The Fall of the House of Usher. I saw the movie version when I was a kid, and it gave me nightmares. Love it.
And last but not least…
01. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula was a key work in the creation of the modern vampire legend. To me, it is the quintessential vampire novel. You first meet Dracula when young Jonathan Harker travels to his castle near the Carpathian Mountains to advise him on a real estate purchase. At first glance, there are a few abnormalities about his appearance but nothing you can rationalize away. However, shortly after his arrival, Harker becomes aware that all is not as it should be. He barely manages to escape from the three Brides that he encounters. While Harker is recuperating, Dracula sets sail for England on the Demeter. All the crew are dead when the ship arrives.
Dracula meets Harker’s fiancee Mina Murray and her friend Lucy Westenra. Weird things start to happen. Lucy and her mother are attacked by a wolf. Lucy’s condition worsens, and she dies. Reports later come in about children being hunted in the night by a “bloofer lady.” Professor Van Helsing believes that Lucy is a vampire. He and some friends open her casket, stake her through the heart, and chop off her head. It only gets better from there. While Harker is still healing, Mina is bitten 3 times by the vampire. The bites bind her to Dracula. For the final showdown, the gang return to Castle Dracula, and Dracula is finally destroyed.