Maybe it’s the pasty white makeup smeared across their skin, their unusually creepy perma-grin plastered onto the curves of their faces or it could be the hollow feeling you get creeping up your spin as you look into their eyes. For centuries clowns have been the staple villain in pop culture, from IT by Stephen King to the local Halloween haunts such as Knott’s Scary farms CarnEVIL (featuring none other than killer clowns). But as of 2016 this villain has become more than just a fable and pop culture obsession.
News outlets across the nation have quite the fascination with clowns thanks to Greenville, South Carolina. Multiple Law enforcement agencies are investigating a slue of incidences reported by a small community apartment building called Fleetwood Manor Apartments. Donna Arnold one of the residence at the apartments said, “I thought my child was seeing things… and then the next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say ‘Did you see the clown in the woods?” Children and residents have described multiple clown figures such as a burly clown with a rather large blinking nose standing by the trash cans waiving, knocks on doors by clowns and a group of clowns shining green lasers in the woods.
The eerie part, other than the clowns enticing the kids with money and candy to come into the woods while taking photos of them, is the fact that they can’t find any signs of these IT-like clowns as though they’re non existent. Along with this story and many others including the clown sightings that the media took hold of not too long ago in Bakersfield California and Staten Island one has to wonder if this could be a national prank? A pedophile? Or a figment of ones imagination? Only time will tell of what comes of the Greenville clowns but until that moment comes only words from witnesses will keep the story alive.
So in celebration of our October launch, here are our top scariest novels sure to get your spooky going all month long.
IT by Stephen King
Probably one of the most iconic novels of all time by one of the best in horror is, Stephen King’s IT. A small town, children being murdered, a group of kids trying to solve the mystery of IT, and a creepy clown to give you nightmares for days. Now I know where Stranger Things got its inspiration! You can check out some reviews or buy this book HERE.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
House of leaves is about a family moving into a small home where they find that the inside of the house is bigger than the outside. As the parents delve deeper into the mystery of this occurrence, their two little children start to wander off. Discovering the unforgivable secrets living inside the house and lets not leave out the demonic growl which would soon consume all of them. Besides giving you night terrors, House of Leaves is also known for its whimsical book format, it’s over seven hundred pages long and packed with unexpected twists, and moments where you have to hold the book upside down in front of a mirror in order to read the passage. Lets just say this book will definitely keep you up for days, having you question everything in life. Check out reviews or buy this book HERE.
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
At 60 pages The Great God pan is a Gothic horror about a scientist who operates on a woman’s brain in order to heighten her spiritual awareness; but instead Pan, a greek God who is neither bad or good, has sex with her and gets her pregnant. In turn the woman starts to wreak havoc in late 19th century London as an array of high society men commit suicide. You can read reviews or buy the book HERE.
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
“Miranda Silver is in Dover, in the ground beneath her mother’s house.
Her throat is blocked with a slice of apple
(to stop her speaking words that may betray her)
her ears are filled with earth
(to keep her from hearing sounds that will confuse her)
her eyes are closed, but
her heart thrums hard like hummingbird wings.
Does she remember me at all I miss her I miss the way her eyes are the same shade of grey no matter the strength or weakness of the light I miss the taste of her I
see her in my sleep, a star planted seed-deep, her arms outstretched, her fists clenched, her black dress clinging to her like mud.
She chose this as the only way to fight the soucouyant.”
A tale about a sick girl, a disease of madness and a haunted house. Read reviews or buy the book HERE.
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
This used to be a story on Reddit that got so popular they expanded it into a book! Penpal is about a man who investigates eerie occurrences that happened in his childhood and what he discovers is a Penpal who had quite the horrific obsession with him. Read reviews or buy the book HERE.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
This is a magical tale of Cathy and her romance with her brother. Intrigued? It also features a Gold Digging mother, a spawn of the devil grandma and a tragic ending. Flowers in the Attic is about a Widowed mother desperate for her father’s inheritance (which she can only get if he doesn’t know about her children) who locks her kids in the attic of her parents mansion for some years while she gallivants about trying to find the perfect (rich) husband. Between erotic incest and the mothers psychotic break. This book is highly disturbing and isn’t for the faint of heart. Which makes for a great scary October read! You can read reviews or buy the book HERE.
Now these are just a few of our Writer’s INKK picks, so feel free to sound off in the comments below and let us know what’s on your list, for your scariest, October reads!