6 Really Real Scary Reads



By now you have read all your spooky books. Here are a few that are not only creepy but based on real events. Nothing makes me happier than when I find a horror novel based on actual events. It sparks a treasure hunt to discover “the truth.” I love horror movies and all the supernatural workings of the world, if you do too, these are for you. Read with an open mind and determine the truth for yourself~ Happy reading~

1. The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle

Are you interested in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s career as demonic investigators this is the read for you!  The Warrens discuss the stages of possession and some of their cases. If you are going to venture down this list, read this one first. After reading, you can go on to watch The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, and Annabelle.

2. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

I like this book, so much so it might be one of my favorite horror books. Unfortunately, I don’t recommend it to many because of the hype of the movie. If you read, be warned this is more a story of faith vs. science. However, still, read at your own risk. It is creepy, you may not want to read into the early morning hours. Or you can watch the famous movie The Exorcist.

3. An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch by M. Ingram

You should always read paranormal witness accounts with a critical eye, so read this gem no differently. It is a strange story recorded in the journal of William Bell. A witch haunted the Bell family and is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, witch stories in American history. Sadly, I bought this as an ebook; it would read more comfortable from a physical copy. Treat your self to the physical copy. It is a spooky read if you don’t mind the old language. You can watch one of the Bell Witch movies for extra creepiness.

4. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Did anger or possession cause the famous murder? We will never know, but the tragedy will forever be associated with evil. Read about the haunting details and make a judgment for yourself. I have no idea what happened in that house and that only made reading this sinister read better. I did not find Amityville spooky but disturbing, because if not caused unnatural forces it was something done willingly…that is what will keep you up at night.

5. The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

One of my favorite novels by Huxley. I can’t lie, it takes a chapter or two for you to get pulled in, but it is so worth it. This is the true story of a convent in a French town named Loudun that was possessed by the devil. By the end of this read, you will be asking yourself not what is evil but who is? Like in many horror novels, the actions of people are just as bad if not worse than the monsters around them. If you are interested in history or psychology on top of spookiness, this is most definitely something you need to read.

6. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Lore like math is a universal language. You can find similar monsters and fear across cultures around the world. From vampires to hobgoblins Mahnke has researched it all! Their chilling history is weaved into a wonderful collection of lore from around the world. I love love love this book. No, I can’t say any beast discussed in this book is real, but I can say I was a little creeped out as I read into the late morning hours. Mahnke has other novels that are just as interesting.


Have you read any of these screams? They are pretty popular I’d be surprised if you hadn’t read them? Any others I should add to my list?


  1. Bryan Fagan

    Stephen King’s older work messed with my head but I was fine with that. I would have been disappointed had he not. Off hand no book has ever scared me. I end up being impressed by how good they write. Looks like this writing gig ruined me. 🙂

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