Five Books You Definitely Should’t Read Before Going to Bed

a tired manAt the end of a long day, it’s nice to wind down by reading a good book in bed. However, there are a few books that we wouldn’t recommend reading if you’re worried about finding monsters under your bed. Here are a few novels that we wouldn’t recommend reading anywhere near bedtime if you intend on getting any sleep.

The Shining

This classic Steven King novel is a chilling tale that will captivate you, but is sure to keep you up late into the night. The gripping story of a family isolated in a hotel for months, the novel catalogues a father’s fall into insanity when he encounters the paranormal in their newfound home If this clip from the 1980 movie adaptation doesn’t keep you up into the late hours, you’re braver than we are.

The Amityville Horror

Written by Jay Anson, the scariest part of this horror story is that it is supposedly based on the true story of the Lutz family in Long Island. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself jumping at a slight breeze and jolting at the sound of your house settling after you read this horror classic. You can see the true story of this haunting here.


This modern, “children’s” novel has terrified kids and adults alike with a bizarre tale of the young heroine Coraline. When she finds an “Other Mother” in her new home, she quickly begins to realize that the new world that she has discovered might not be as playful and magical as she had once imagined. The seemingly friendly, yet unsettling “Other Mother” still send chill down our spines read after read.


This horror novel classic has withstood the test of time, and with good reason.
The terrifying tale of the vampiric count will haunt you and have you waking up in a cold sweat. Inspired by real tales of the legendary Vlad the Impaler, this horror novel set the benchmark for fear. If you are afraid of bats, the dark, or bloodsucking monsters, this novel is probably not a good choice for late night reading. If you’re interested in learning more, here is the origin of the real Dracula tale.


stephen kingDid you have a childhood fear of clowns? If you don’t you will after reading this Stephen King horror piece. The novel follows the exploits of a monster that terrorizes young children by taking the forms of their greatest fears, most frequently the form of a scary clown. If you are looking for a book that will keep you turning the pages in fear of what is coming next this is the one for you. If you have any intention of sleeping, however, we wouldn’t recommend reading this anytime after dark. Seriously, this novel is the stuff of nightmares.

If you’re afraid of things that go bump in the night, stay as far away from these novels as you can, otherwise enjoy the thrills and horrors that each has to offer.

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