Literature can be a poignant, ravishing aesthetic experience. Seasoned authors can traverse us through an escapade with their well-crafted word, which we otherwise may never have encountered in our lives. The contemporary upswing of the horror genre may be attributed to the realisation that has dawned among people. This modern consciousness is ushered by the pleasure of settling into that scary novel, encountering that rush of adrenaline. Finally, when you take the lonely stroll to the washroom, your sensory perception is at the zenith, you experience all kinds of weird sounds and presence. This is the triumph of a horror novel having fetched you your own spine-tingling adventure.
By Toni Morrison
This is definitely not an easy read. The mortifying emotive burden and a rooted perception of angst that is conferred as you read through each page is the magic of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winner. It is a quintessential horror story that revolves around a former slave surrounded by unearthly anguish pertaining to a terrifying secret. Despite Sethe’s manifold efforts to bury her past yet it still lingers endlessly in her memory and those around her. When an enigmatic teenage girl calling herself Beloved arrives, Sethe’s shocking secret detonates into the present. This book is also an examination of guilt and its impact, and different types of trauma focusing on the psychological trauma of slavery. An amalgamation of ingenious power of narrative and the invincible truth of history, this book is a compelling and engaging work of American literature – a true masterpiece.
By Edgar Allan Poe
Poe had a flair for instilling in all his works a visceral fear. A majority of his characters represent the mentally fragile or the insane. This book is the quintessence of desolation, prowess, passionate lyricism, and agony. The book is an assortment of his sensational works of mystery, humour, terror, and adventure, and these stories include The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, The Purloined Letter, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue that established American romanticism and furnished Poe with the stature of being the most celebrated literary voice of the nineteenth century. Poe worked his unearthly magic as he utilized the fundamental fear in each individual that the world and people encircling us are not what they appear to be.
The Bad Seed
By William March
Having been published in 1954, this book was a smash hit and finalist for the National Book Award. It’s eerily credible and a completely perturbing depiction of an apparently innocent girl named Rhoda, who happens to be the cynosure of all dreadful accidents. Her mother’s knowledge that her daughter may be the reason, and her own hand makes the novel an unsettling read. This book was adapted into a Broadway show and a Warner Brothers film.