Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Ten chilling thrillers to get you through a winter storm

Alice Blanchard is an award-winning author.

Her latest novel is The Wicked Hour.

At CrimeReads, Blanchard tagged ten chilling tales to get you through a winter storm, including:
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary Woodhouse is so optimistic and naive, you just know the world is going to smash her. She loves her husband, who betrays her in the most vicious way imaginable, forcing her to become the primal mother who wields a knife to protect her first child. The coven of witches who are her next door neighbors are so humorously banal, it’s hilarious to find out that they are actual witches, when it seems as if Rosemary has landed in a happy retirement home. The older women fuss over her, suffocate her with their misplaced love and bad advice, and give her tinctures that make her vomit. Her spiraling paranoia, combined with her wide-eyed innocence, drives her directly into the arms of evil, and the biggest shock is that she ultimately embraces her fate.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Rosemary's Baby is among Ania Ahlborn's ten scariest books of all time, Jeff Somers's twenty-one books that will give you an idea of how the horror genre has evolved and "twenty-five books that might not necessarily be the best horror novels, but are certainly the scariest," Christopher Shultz's top ten literary chillers, and Kat Rosenfield's top seven scary autumnal stories.

--Marshal Zeringue