There’s nothing more bewitching than a good storyteller—someone who can draw you in and hold you close as the tale unwinds. And when it comes to a scary story, Stephen King is the undisputed champion. His legendary debut novel, Carrie, is the story of a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. It’s a classic of the form, and a great conversation-starter: what’s so scary about Carrie? And how does King build tension and suspense?
This Halloween, celebrate the spooky stories of the world and have a frightful night with your book club! Enter our Spooky Story Sweepstakes for your chance to win a paperback copy of Carrie, a CD of songs from Carrie: The Musical, and a collection of three big Black Lizard anthologies, edited by Otto Penzler: The Big Book of Ghost Stories, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, and The Vampire Archives. Play the cast recording while you talk about Carrie’s twists and turns, and consider reading a few spooky stories out loud—with the lights turned low, of course!
For more eerie ideas, check out our top chilling book club picks.