Seen the new Halloween movie? Looking for some scary reads? We’ve got you covered. Warning: Spoilers!
Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs gets the most attention from readers, but for my money, Red Dragon the more disturbing book. This novel, which takes place before Hannibal and Clarice Starling cross paths, finds FBI agent Will Graham consulting The Good Doctor regarding another killer: Francis Dollarhyde AKA “The Tooth Fairy.” Dollarhyde, like Michael Myers, is completely deranged. He is immensely strong, totally delusional, and impossible to reason with.
The Final Girl is a popular horror movie trope: the last woman alive who finally brings the monster or murderer to justice. Halloween plays with this concept in a number of ways, and so does Riley Sager’s Final Girls. In this book, two survivors of different serial killer rampages meet up in the aftermath of a third’s possible suicide.
Thirteen people are massacred inside a Louisville restaurant, leaving the police and the public with no clues as to the killer’s identity. Unwilling to wait for answers, one of the victim’s family members hires private investigator Roy Prescott to find the murderer. Prescott decides his best course is to taunt the killer into coming out of hiding, starting what turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Everyone knows who Michael Myers is in the Halloween movies, but Laurie Strode, like Roy Prescott, knows that he’ll eventually come for her.
A slasher is killing the students of a small town high school, and new student Makani Young worries she might be next. But Makani has secrets of her own — dark secrets in the town she left behind. Can the killer be closer than she thinks? While Michael Myers kills lots of people, he seems to have a thing for teenagers, just like the murderer in Stephanie Perkins’s tale.
A Celebration of Halloween
Fortunately for us, we’re not being stalked by a serial killer (as far as we know), but Halloween is still a spooky time. Make the most of it with October Dreams, a collection of Halloween tales edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish. Just be sure to leave the porch light on!
The Shocking True Story of the Hunt for the Nation's Most Elusive Serial Killer
The Zodiac Killer was a sexual sadist who took joy in killing teenage lovers, among others. Like Myers, he is thought to have worn a mask, and certainly, he delighted in scaring not just his victims, but the public at large. He taunted the press and police with mysterious letters daring them to catch him, and may have murdered as many as 50 people before he disappeared. That’s right: He was never caught. Zodiac is a legend: a real-life bogeyman who may still be out there lurking in the shadows.
A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation
Why do serial killers do the things they do? Accomplished true crime author Katherine Ramsland is as close to knowing as any of us. A psychologist by trade, Ramsland’s history of serial killers and the methods by which they were brought to justice will bring you into the minds of these feared predators. Hopefully you’ll be able to find your way out again, unlike Halloween’s Dr. Sartain.