Welcome to the April 2016 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! This is the SCARY GOOD challenge, and it’s pretty simple. While we may not all be into horror, perhaps we pick up a book that sends a shiver up our spines even if we aren’t really expecting it. Or perhaps the book makes us think about a “confronting” topic. That’s scary enough for us.

The Task:

Tell us about a book you’ve loved that has scared you in some regard.  I first read this book when I was thirteen while I was babysitting and it scared the bejesus out of me. I remember having to call my mom on the phone to talk me down. It was her book. I read the book again as an adult and still recall feeling creeped out. My mother still has the original hardback on her bookshelf. I have a paperback copy on my shelf. What is it?

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Ghost Storyby Peter Straub

From the Publisher.#1 New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub’s classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past…
What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?
In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.

But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever…


What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?