Top 5 Scariest Stories | Hype or Like Friday

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Today I’ll be participating in my first ever Hype or Like Friday, created by Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads.

Hype or Like Friday is a group that selects and reads a book each month that is considered a “hyped” book. Each Friday during the month, you post your answers to the discussion questions for that week, and on the last Friday of the month, you will post your review on the “hyped” book. But! Instead of rating the book, you will either “hype it” or “like it”! Sounds fun, right? Ok, so let’s get started…

October’s theme is I Ain’t Scared of the Dark! and the Hyped book this month is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Isn’t that just a perfect read for a spooky month? I’m super excited because this is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while now, and have just never gotten around to it. (Like lots of books.)


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Today is a freebie, so I’m going to go with Donna @ Chocolate n Waffles idea and pick the topic of Top 5 Scariest Stories!

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson :: If you love classic horror, this is definitely a read for you. Shirley Jackson is one of the masters of horror and this book lives up to the name. It’s a short read, but will have you shaking in your boots the whole time with its creepiness.

Seeing Evil by Jason Parent :: I know you’ve heard me talk about this book a few times, and that’s because it truly is a horrific tale. The characters are as evil as evil can get and it’s just an all over gruesome story. Definitely in my Top 5.

Dracula by Bram Stoker :: Ok, so it’s been a really long time since I’ve read Dracula, but I do know that it’s one of the best horror stories ever in history.

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert :: I read this book not too long ago and I went into it not really knowing what to expect because I hadn’t heard many people talk about it. There might be a reason for this… But to me, it’s deliciously terrifying and a definite read for horror lovers.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman :: I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and this is one of my favorite novels of his. It’s not as horrific as the other books I mentioned, but it’s eerie and frightening and will always stick in my mind as one of the best scary stories I’ve read lately.

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Do you agree with me on any of these stories? What stories would you have included in this Top 5? Let me know in the comments!

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66 thoughts on “Top 5 Scariest Stories | Hype or Like Friday

  1. Dracula is definitely one of those classic stories that everyone should read, especially around Halloween (in my opinion at least). 😄 I love Neil Gaiman’s writing as well, and I haven’t read nearly enough books by him. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is either my favourite or second favourite by him (I can’t decide between that book and The Graveyard Book), I just love the eerie atmosphere in that book. 🙂

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  2. Welcome to the group! ❤️ I’m so glad you’re doing Hype or Like with us. I totally sucked lately and haven’t done any of the posts because I had so many book reviews to post and more on the way, but I’m planning to try out a few before Halloween. Awesome picks! You’ve introduced me to a few I didn’t know before. Someone recommended that Gaiman book to me this week. I’m adding all these to my TBR. Dracula is an awesome read. I love how he’s present but not and always creeping you out sort of like IT and how Stephen King handled that story. 😂

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    1. Thanks! I’m excited to be a part of the group! Not sure that I’ll post EVERY Friday, but I’ll sure try! I just LOVE the idea of this group because I usually have issues with hyped up books… they hardly ever live up to my expectations. So this group caught my eye. I’m looking forward to reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! I want to see the movie, but I’ve gotta read the book first. Yes! Dracula is definitely creeptastic. I’ve not read much Stephen King (shame on me, because I really want to but the size of his books sometimes intimidates me!) but if I had done just stories in general, I would have picked It and The Shining. Both those movies are SO GOOD AND SCARY, but I wanted to try to keep it at stories that I’ve read.

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      1. This month it’s pretty open for what you want to post and when you want to post it. I thought that might be a better idea so we can all choose what we want to write about. 🙂 I’m not loving the book this month. The narrator is pretty boring. The size of King books I think intimidates a lot of people. His books are a commitment but totally worth it. 🙌

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      2. I’m about 10% in and the narrator is so blah. A lot of people liked this book, so maybe it’s just me being picky and having too many books to read. That’s probably the reason I’m so whatever with this book. I’m reading a fantasy about fairies and Irish mythology right now and loving it, so it’s taking some of my time up. 🙂

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  3. I’m a scaredy cat so I don’t really read (or watch) horror but I’ve been wanting to read Dracula for a while now! Maybe one of these days I get the courage and find a copy and read just for the hell of it. Haha xD

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  4. I haven’t read any of those books! Dracula is too intimidating, haha! And that reminds me I really need to buy the BoTM xD Gaiman’s book sounds very good, but I haven’t taken the leap and read anything from him yet.

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  5. Great list! The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my favourite books as well! It’s just SO beautiful for rather unspecified reasons. Have you read The Graveyard Book yet? I own a copy and just NEED to read it this year!

    I’m almost done with Miss Peregrine’s for Hype or Like it Friday and while I’m enjoying it, it’s really not as scary as I was hoping it would be ;).

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  6. I love anything seasonally themed. Food, decorations, traditions – and books! For Halloween nothing scares me more than Edgar Allan Poe stories. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but for me, the scariest is “The Cask of Amontillado.”

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  7. The Children’s Home has been on my TBR since last year and I completely forgot about it when making my October TBR list. I’m glad to hear you found it terrifying. May need to read it before next Halloween. And I love The Ocean at the End of the Lane, it’s my favorite Gaiman novel. Great post!

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  8. I’ve never heard of Hype or Like Friday!! How fun is this?! I actually adore the concept for this weekly meme. I would love to join up, but probably won’t be able to start participating until next year. I will look forward to your posts though! I’ve been meaning to read Miss P’s Home for Peculiar Children for ages now… It is currently sitting on my shelf collecting dust sadly. I will keep an eye out for your review at the end of the month.

    I just discovered Neil Gaiman this year! Yes, I have indeed been living under a rock. I have read The Graveyard Book and Stardust thus far. I have been debating my next Gaiman read, and after seeing this, it is definitely going to be The Ocean at the End of the Lane!

    Can I also say holy crap to this post getting 85 likes and 50+ comments?! You go girl! Keep up the amazing work my friend.

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    1. Hype or Like Friday is fun! I found the concept interesting too, but was too busy to join until now. Hopefully we’ll see you over there next year! I’m glad I have a reason to read Miss P because it’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while too. Excited to get to it finally!!
      Gaiman is pretty amazing, but I’ve yet to read The Graveyard Book. How was it? Lots of people have told me to read it, so I’m hoping it’s as good as they say! Which, since it’s Gaiman, I’m sure it will be!
      And thank you! I am a bit baffled by the numbers too, but ever so grateful!! I love my followers. ❤️

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  9. The Haunting fo Hill House definitely makes my top five, along with House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, The Seance by John Harwood, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find (both the short story and the collection). Dracula is classic (though I didn’t find it super scary). I read The Children’s Home at the start of the year, and it definitely creeped me out, but I also found it a bit confusing. I haven’t read Seeing Evil or The Ocean at the End of the Lane yet, but I’m a big NG fan!

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