For many, the month of October means that they will be getting out their scary books to read but not so much for this homeschool mom anymore. At one time, I really enjoyed reading scary books like those written by popular, mainstream authors. Today, I find that I shy away from those authors and books more and more. But it is nice to be able to read a few books and stories that fit the typical theme of October.
What Would You Consider a Classic Scary Story?
What scares people today seems to be very different from years past. Maybe it is because of the technology we have at our fingertips. Or perhaps people are too jaded. Maybe it is the chronological snobbery where people believe that what came before them is no longer relevant. Personally, I think there is still much horror to be found in the works of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, H.P. Lovecraft, Gaston Leroux, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others.
The common themes in many of these works include:
- Premature death
- Loss of loved ones
- Loss of freedom
- Loss of control
- Defying natural order
- Insignificance of man
- Current events
How Does Science Connect Scary Stories?
What Books or Stories to Read?
Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
- The Fall of the House of Usher
- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
- The Masque of the Red Death
- The Pit and the Pendulum
- The Tell-Tale Heart
- The Black Cat
- The Cask of Amontillado
Novels and Stories
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving