Friday, November 20, 2015

Allie Harrison’s Top 10 Scary Books and Movies

I’ve always been compelled to watch or read the strange, the haunting, and downright scary… Here is a list of my top ten favorite scary books and movies!

10.  Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Both the mini-series and the book were really creepy and left me wondering if perhaps vampires really did exist.

9. A short story also by Stephen King entitled Gramma. This story is part of the collection in the book Skeleton Key. I could not read it alone. 

8. The movie The Strangers. This little tale about a couple terrorized by three masked killers was nerve-racking in the sense that it wasn’t the basic slasher movie. I could see it really happening.

7. The movie Vacancy. There are just so many of those little out-of-the-way Norman-Bates type motels out there where the guy behind the counter may be the next serial killer making headlines.

6. The movie Secret Window with Johnny Depp. It is based on the short story Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King, part of the Four Past Midnight collection.

5. The movie The Astronaut’s Wife. Space is always frightening. While Johnny Depp makes a great, fun pirate, he can also be really scary when the role calls for it.

4. The book The Bad Place by Dean Koontz. This book had great, frightening characters.

3. The movie The Others. While it might have been a bit predictable, it held everything a scary movie needed—big, old house, odd characters, fog, darkness, and tombstones.

2. The movie and the book IT by Stephen King. Pennywise the clown in the drain was terrifying. Clowns always scare me.

1. I have enjoyed every one of the Halloween movies. Each held a creepy combination of music, darkness and suspense. Halloween II was especially terrifying with the empty hospital and seemingly endless dark hallways.

I have ALWAYS loved scary movies and books. I also love roller coasters and other things that thrill me and keep my heart racing. My goal with my HAUNTED series is to scare you, too. With Hargrove House, I plan to suck you in with the anticipation, romance, and the allure of a beautiful house and then scared you in the cellar so you can add Hargrove House to your top ten list of favorite books.

Hargrove House
 By Allie Harrison

HARGROVE HOUSE by Allie Harrison is a suspenseful, haunting tale that will capture you…heart and soul. Despite her terror, Torrie has no choice but to once again enter the haunted Hargrove House. When she discovers the graves in the cellar, she’ll find that there are things more frightening than ghosts. The house is waiting for her... They are waiting for her... If you enjoyed THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards, Hargrove House will warm your heart, and chill you to the bone.

Hargrove House
Allie Harrison

Series: The Haunted #1
Genre: Paranormal Suspense w/ Romantic Elements
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 216 pages
Format: Digital
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9969048-0-3

About the Book:

As a child, Torrie Reynolds entered the haunted Hargrove House on a dare. Terrified by what she'd heard while inside Hargrove House, she avoided it since. Now fifteen years later, Torrie is an interior decorator. When Will Dalton buys the infamous Hargrove House and offers Torrie the job of refurbishing it, she has no choice but to take the offer to keep her business afloat. As the house is restored and rooms come alive with character and color Torrie brings to them, her fear of the house fades. Hargrove House begins to even feel like home to her. With each finished renovation project, it is harder for Torrie to leave. It is even harder for her to leave the comfort of Will Dalton's arms. But she discovers there are things more terrifying than ghosts when she learns why Will is digging in the dark, frightening cellar.

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Excerpt #2:

Torrie needed to see the pink room in the falling light as dusk settled over the house. Again, she looked around the room. All it needed—besides the books—was a little girl. Absently, Torrie picked up the doll that someone had placed on the dresser. She placed the doll in its rightful place at the small table. “There you go, Miss Velvet,” she said. “Now all we need to get is a little tea set. And don’t worry; we’ll have real China, none of that plastic stuff in this room. Do you take cream or sugar?” Torrie pretended.

“You found Miss Velvet.”

At the sound of a soft voice, Torrie jumped and nearly knocked the doll off the chair, let out a startled cry and looked toward the door. Then she stopped short and stared at the young girl who stood there. “Who…Who are you? And how did you get in here? Where did you come from?” Torrie knew she sounded like a balloon letting out its air, but she couldn’t seem to catch her breath. The child had startled her so badly. And damn, she looked just like the little girl Torrie envisioned could inhabit this room. With Miss Velvet in the girl’s arms, the picture Torrie saw when she walked into this room would be complete. The idea the girl could be a child fulfilling a dare touched her. Torrie tried to tell herself the girl was too young to venture into the Hargrove House on a dare. But hadn’t Torrie, herself, been about the same age when she stepped over the threshold?

Could the girl be a ghost? She wasn’t transparent. She appeared as real as Torrie. Torrie even felt a strange pull to reach out and touch the child, to see if her hair was as soft as it looked.

“Eleanor,” the little girl said. She wore what was previously a green dress. There was a smudge of dust above her left eyebrow.

Torrie took a step toward her.

The girl stayed rooted to her spot.

“Eleanor who? And how did you get in here? What, did someone dare you?”

“I live here. I’m Eleanor…Dalton.”


Then the little girl who claimed to Eleanor Dalton turned and left.

It took Torrie eight steps to reach the doorway. And the by time she did, the hallway was empty and the little girl was gone.

About Allie Harrison:

Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.

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