Anne Rice explains why shes too frightened to finish Dracula, Lauren Beukes recalls a horrifying graphic novel and others share their most haunting reads
Anne Rice: I have not, to this day, read Dracula in its entirety
Two scenes come to mind immediately. As a child I tried to read the original Dracula but a scene in the early pages with the vampires absolutely horrified me: where the count drives his vampire brides away from the helpless mortal, Jonathan Harker. Its then that a sack is revealed and inside it a wailing, half-smothered child, which the count gives to these vampire women. This so scared, so shocked, so horrified me, that I abandoned the book and took it back to the library. I have not, to this day, read Dracula in its entirety.
The second was in Stephen Kings Salems Lot, when Matt overhears his overnight guest Mike say to someone, Yes. Come in, in the upstairs bedroom. And then Matt hears the sound of the window hasp being turned and the sound of the window opening. Now, this is an upstairs window. Matt knows a vampire has entered the house via the window and by invitation from Mike. Hes is obviously terrified. And so was I.
Anne Rice is the author of Interview With the Vampire.