What is the appeal of the frightening? For many of us, we can consider ourselves lucky that we rarely (if ever) encounter a truly terrifying experience. Many of us go to school, go to work, go hang out with our friends; the most frightening thing we might encounter on a typical day is the school’s mystery meatloaf. But there is something undeniably exciting about a book that makes us want to turn all the lights on and double-check that all the doors are locked, or a movie that has us covering our eyes as the music crescendos in a feverish pitch. We can hear the blood pumping in our ears, but still feel secure that the book or movie is only a story. When we leave the theater, no zombies are going to attack us as we go to our cars. Once the book is finished, no half-crazed, un-swoon-worthy vampires will chase after us. With Halloween and crisp weather fast approaching, what horrific reads will you pick up?