BLOG TOUR: Barry Hutchison's Top Ten Horrifying Reads

Here at Gripped into Books, I'm taking part in the blog tour for Barry Hutchison's book, Doc Mortis, the 4th book in the Invisible Fiends series. Don't forget to check out my review for Doc Mortis here! Today, Barry will be enlightening us with his Top Ten Horrifying Reads! Read on to find out :D

Barry Hutchison was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland. An avid reader from a very early age, Barry spent most of his childhood with his nose buried in some book or another, and began writing his own novels when he was 10. His first epic – the mind-blowingly violent Nightwarrior vs The Death Ninjas - has mercifully long since been lost to the mists of time, and very little other evidence remains of Barry’s early writing efforts.

Barry Hutchison's Top Ten Horrifying Reads
I didn’t read many scary stories when I was younger, but I’ve been making up for it ever since. Listed below are ten of my favourite horror books. I can’t choose between them to rank them in any sort of order, so I’m not saying No. 1 is scarier or better than No. 10. All I’m saying is that they’re all great, and that you should read them all immediately.

Well, one at a time might be better, but you know what I mean.

Here we go, then. Let’s start the list.
I love Bradbury’s sci-fi, and this is (I believe) the only horror story he ever published. It has freaks, a carnival, and a merry-go-round that can rewind time. What more do you need?

2. I AM LEGEND by Richard Matheson
Everyone has seen either the Will Smith adaptation of this, or Charlton Heston’s OMEGA MAN, which is also based on the book. Neither are a patch on this creepy vampire-zombie masterpiece, though. The ending’s much better than either movie, too.

3.WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks
A follow-up to Brooks’ ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE, this book tells the story of a zombie apocalypse, as seen through the eyes of those who lived through it. I’m not even sure it technically qualifies as horror, but it’s a great read filled with amazing detail, and soon to be a movie starring Brad Pitt.

4. IT by Stephen King
The ending’s a bit rubbish, but it’s got a terrifying clown as the villain. That’s enough to make me cack my pants right there.

5. THE HORROR OF HIGH RIDGE by Julius Goodman
While perhaps not considered a classic like some others on this list, this book scared the bejeesus out of me when I was a kid. It’s a choose your own adventure story, in which three teenagers find themselves stuck in a war between some ghostly Cowboys & Indians.

6. ROSEMARY’S BABY by Ira Levin
You’re a young woman, living a happy life in New York and expecting your first baby when – whoops! – your husband sells your soul to Satan and you start to believe your unborn child is the Antichrist. Things go downhill fast for all involved.

7. THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS by John Wyndham
When everyone in the village of Midwich falls unconscious at the same time, the women awake to find themselves pregnant. There’s something very creepy about the children when they are eventually born. Something very creepy indeed… Sci-fi horror which has been filmed as The Village of the Damned.

8. THE FOG by James Herbert
Another one that gave me nightmares when I was younger. A creeping fog emerges from a crack in the ground and whoever it touches go frickin’ insane. I possibly found this one scary because I lived in quite a foggy area anyway. I never looked at a patch of mist in quite the same way again.
9. LORD LOSS (DEMONATA) by Darren Shan
The first and, in my opinion, quite possibly the best in the Demonata saga, this is a masterclass in writing horror for teens. One of the age-old tips when writing for children and teens is to get rid of the parents early. Here Darren gets rid of the parents in his own inimitable style…

10. NECRONOMICON by HP Lovecraft
Quite possibly the definitive collection of Lovecraft’s short stories. Features such classic tales as The Thing on the Doorstep and The Dunwich Horror. If you only read one book on this list, make it this one.

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Well, that's all there is and they sure sound like some great reads. I han't read any of those books to be honest but I'm now plan to and I'm adding them to my TBR list for definete! A great big thank you to Barry for stopping by! Make sure you go head over to Jesse's blog at Books 4 Teens :D


  1. Ah when I saw this post, I KNEW there would be some Darren Shan on the list :) Lord Loss is the only book on the list I've read (and it's AMAZING! And horribly terrifying. But I love it!), but I think I'll be reading some of these soon! I am Legend sounds brilliant. Great post!

  2. I've been wanting to read a Darren Shan book -- now I know which one...

    Interesting post...

  3. Hi some great choices. Ray Bradbury's one of my favourite authors. Love his October Country, some of the shorties in there send shivers down my spine. Julia x

  4. VC Andrews' "Flowers in the Attic" that I would add to my list. This story totally horrified me.

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  5. I've read 5 of the 10, so I'm not doing too bad! I'm also reading the first 3 books from the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan, so I'll definitely have to read Lord Loss, too!
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  6. I love I am legend, it was suspensful and I just wanted to know more


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