Terrifying Reads Are In Your Future!

Article by Danielle

This Halloween, we put our psychic abilities to the test in hopes of guessing your new favorite horror book. Below are a few of our best-loved chillers, but never fear! There are plenty more scary stories to choose from at Brazos if you don’t find what you’re looking for here.

The Purple Cloud (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By M. P. Shiel, John Sutherland (Introduction by), John Sutherland (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141196428
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Published: Penguin Books - November 27th, 2012

This bleak, macabre post-apocalyptic novel was written in 1899! THE PURPLE CLOUD tells the story of Adam Jeffson, the last man alive on earth. A deadly cloud has devastated the world, not that Jeffson would know; he was on his way to reach the North Pole when the cloud hit. After his crew is lost and the ice breaks, Jeffson heads back to civilization alone, only to realize that the rest of the world is gone. He begins to journey the earth in search of survivors, but it isn’t long before he slips into madness. Part Edgar Allan Poe, part Herman Melville, THE PURPLE CLOUD is a recovered classic. -Mark

Cabal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743417327
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Published: Gallery Books - January 1st, 2001

Cabal is Barker at his best. It oozes imagination and terror. Boone, a troubled mental patient, is framed for murder by his less-than-scrupulous psychiatrist. On the run and suicidal, he is led by hallucinatory visions to Midian, a sprawling cemetery shrouded in myth. It doesn’t take long for Boone to realize that the legends are true. Underground, there exists a sprawling city of monsters, creatures that have been persecuted, killed and driven into hiding over the centuries by humans. After Boone’s arrival, the monsters’ sanctuary is uncovered, and once again the humans come to destroy Midian. As the climactic battle looms, it is left for you to decide who the real monsters are. This is one of the first novels that made me want to be a writer. -Keaton

Me and the Devil Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316120975
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - December 4th, 2012

Blending memoir and fiction, Tosches takes his readers on a journey through the darkest regions of human desire. What at first seems like a modern day vampire novel, quickly becomes something entirely different and far more frightening. But make no mistake, there will be blood! Me and the Devil brims with depraved, violent sex acts, the most misanthropic (and dare I say funniest) diatribes against consumer culture I have ever read, and numerous cameos by rock and roll luminaries such as Keith Richards. A disturbing, obscene, sacrilegious, and incredibly fun read, Me and the Devil is not for the easily offended! -Keaton

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
By H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi (Introduction by), S. T. Joshi (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780143106487
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2011

Arguably the most influential work of twentieth century horror, HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu story cycle revolutionized the genre. Eschewing the traditional vampires and ghosts one finds in many horror tomes, Lovecraft instead creates cosmic, interdimensional beings whose incomprehensible existence could shatter the human psyche. Truly frightening and incredibly imaginative, these stories are a must have for any horror aficionado. Of course, you have no choice in the matter anyway. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn! Bow before the destroyer of worlds, and pay tribute to the mighty Cthulhu! You are his slaves! -Keaton

Hangsaman (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143107040
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

It’s three books in one! Fifty pages of murky father-daughter psychodrama, a hundred pages of deranged all-girls campus novel, &, to top it off, fifty pages of witchy nightmare. Sure, it’s not the most cohesive of novels: HANGSAMAN, like its young, disturbed protagonist, is coming apart at the seams. However, Jackson’s prose is eerie and seductive and her plot has the lurching rhythm of a fever dream. At the center of this book is a yawning void. Enter at your own risk. -Danielle

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