The verdict is in! The scariest books have been narrowed down to just one.
We’ve enjoyed these weekly show-downs between our creepy favorites, but now that Halloween is upon us, it’s time to announce a winner!
In an extremely close final round, a modern horror masterpiece won out over a classic of the genre. Stephen King’s The Stand has beaten Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and is officially the ULTIMATE SPOOKY HALLOWEEN READ!
Will you be picking up The Stand this Halloween? Was Shirley Jackson robbed? Were there classic horror books that you think should have made it onto this bracket? Let us know what you thought of our Scary Sixteen tournament using #scarysixteen.
Congratulations to our sweepstakes winner: Jessica, from Costa Mesa, CA. She’ll receive a Penguin Horror Classics set, edited by lifelong horror literature lover, Guillermo Del Toro.If you’d prefer to buy from an independent bookseller, check out IndieBound to find a bookstore near you.
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Welcome to Week 5 of The Scary Sixteen!
The Penguin Random House team has come up with sixteen spine-tingling, spook-tastic contenders in four classic book categories that’ll make you sleep with the light on. Vote every week in a new round to determine the ultimate terrifying read!
Each week, there will be a drawing to see who wins a set of the Penguin Horror Classics set, edited by lifelong horror literature lover, Guillermo Del Toro.Meet this week’s kickoff contenders: vote for one of each of these match-ups, and enter HERE for a chance to win the prize. Follow on social media and share your thoughts with the hashtag #scarysixteen. WEEK 5: The Stand vs. The Haunting of Hill House
The classic post-apocalyptic tale from the modern-day master of the macabre takes on the mother of all haunted house stories in this WINNER-TAKE-ALL battle for your nightmares. Which creepy read deserves to be crowned the scariest of them all?If you haven’t read the books mentioned above, check them out here! If you’d prefer to buy from an independent bookseller, check out IndieBound to find a bookstore near you. Check back next week to see who’s made the cut!