What would be a good scary "intro" book for someone who normally isn't into reading but loves scary movies and has recently decided he is open to reading scary fiction?
I'm looking for a good scary book to give my mid-20's brother for Christmas. He loves scary movies but has never been too into reading for fun. Despite this, I took a chance last year and got him Stefan Kiesbye's Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone
(I'd read a review and it sounded good and creepy) and to my delighted surprise, he really liked it and said he'd be open to more.
I've seen plenty of questions here about horror/thriller book recommendations but I am specifically looking for something that wouldn't overwhelm a "new-ish" reader (and to clarify, he's perfectly intelligent, but he'd be the first to tell you he has a short attention span, which is probably why he doesn't like reading most of the time). For example, something like Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian
would probably be way too much at this point. I asked him for his favorite scary movies and he said it was hard to pick but that Event Horizon
, The Descent
, and Insidious
were way up on his list. I realize those are all pretty different as far as types
of horror, but thought it might help hone the suggestions a bit.