Back in the 90's, Arachnophobia was my worst nightmare on the big screen. Thousands of spiders running amuck! Do you remember some even flew?? Yuck!!
Movies with the devil in them are especially frightful for me. Rosemary's Baby immediately comes to mind. What? You weren't scared? Oh, come on! Don't tell me you didn't give narrow-eyed scrutiny to some of your friends after that one! One could never be sure if they were your friend or…
The next choice scared the crap out of me. This movie ranked high enough to have a dedicated blog post here at Tabby's Nocturnal Nights. The Amityville Horror, based on a true story. Movies just don't get much scarier.
Nightmare on Elm Street and other horror movies didn't make my short list. I don't equate gruesome with scary. Honorable mention: Dawn of the Dead
Let's take a look at some hair-raising books that shiver on the bookshelf –
Number One on the Sheri Fredricks' list of all time scary favorites was published in 1971. The book has continued to evoke rippling effects that many demonic movies use for a base line. The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty, became a bestseller with fans screaming their way to a movie two short years later. I'm still screaming…
A book that made me question if vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and the like were real or not is Ghost Story, by Peter Straub. Haven't read it yet? Pull on your big girl panties and give the book a try. You'll never look at paranormal the same way again.
How could I every forget the master of BOO: Stephen King. Every novel kept the night-light on for many readers. "It" was voted (don't ask me where, I didn't make note!) his number one scariest.
Honorable mention because GOD HELP US should this happen to any writer: Misery, also by Stephen King. I wonder what Mr. King's house is like this time of year. Hmm…
Now it's your turn to name a movie and/or book that goosebumps its way to your numero uno spot as being an all time good scare!