There is nothing that leaves an impact on our mind more than movies. They are the visual representation of a scene imagined before. As we already know, a picture is worth a thousand words, we prefer watching films over reading books. But in reality, there are some books that may give you goosebumps while leafing through. They have such characterization and pictorial imagination that can only be described in lines.
Mentioned here are a few writings that may scare the hell out of you and fill your minds with horror.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
It will haunt your mind for a longer period of time. The book is focused upon four people who spend summers at Hill House looking for some thrill of the horror. The house is cursed due to strange suicide incidents and violent deaths. The author uses the complicated relationships between the protagonists to create mysterious events that play with the characters psyches.
The Shining by Stephen King
The tale is about Jack Torrance who is a recovering alcoholic writer. He works sometimes as a caretaker to look after the vintage Overlook Hotel. It is where he is possessed by the supernatural forces leaving his family in danger. The book has a dark tone that lingers in your mind and later inspired a film as well as a television mini-series.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
This edition gives details about how a 12 year old girl is under the influence of demonic powers. The writing has already won accolades for its raw and profane treatment of a story to create spine-chilling situations and the conflict between good and evil. The author was inspired to write the novel from a real incident of exorcising a demonic force which makes it true to believe by everybody.
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Its plot sets the tone for 23 other short stories with free verse poems preceding most of them. A chapter from the side of the main narrative dominates every story to weave them around the main one. Here, the issues that are raised include sexual identity, sexual deviance and existentialism. The book is a collection of horrifying tales that will keep you hooked with their variety.
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
It is a classic featuring the story of a cannibal serial killer named Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The edition has been aptly transformed into an award-winning Hollywood film too. It is the second in series that talks about the life of the main character. This book follows from where Red Dragon ended but was successful in carrying on the essence of the tale.
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
The classic tale of horror was written in 1967 with such interest that compelled the readers to come up with a movie version and later, a mini-series. The book slowly builds tension bit-by-bit and offers relief every now-and-then only to make it evaporate in a jiffy. It is about a childless Woodhouse couple, Rosemary and Guy who move into a new neighborhood cast by a witchcraft spell. It is when they decide to have a child that the story moves on with a meaning. The entire story is woven around Rosemary's baby.