Spooktober #2: Urban Legends and Books Inspired by Them

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Welcome to another post of Spooktober! It’s a 4 part series where I talk about creepy things to welcome Halloween🎃. Last week I talk about creepy covers, this week I’ll talk about books inspired by urban legend🕯

Urban legends and folklores always fascinates me. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on the internet just reading urban legends and watching the movies. From Bloody Mary, La Llorona, to Jeff the Killer, there’s something fascinating about them. Maybe that’s because some of the stories are very possible to happen in the real life and it gives me a thrill reading about them; I mean… it’s possible for a killer to sneak into our car and hide in our backseat right? Or maybe it’s just because I like being scared. Either way, these legends and stories have make their way into the literature too, and today I’ll give you 5 books that is inspired, or has similar amounts, with famous urban legend.

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Bloody Mary – Say Her Name by James Dawson

You know the story of Bloody Mary. Say her name (pun intended) three times in front of dark mirrors, and she’ll come. There are few versions of her origins, as well as what she might do when she comes, but all of them are creepy. SAY HER NAME definitely pays homage to the original story. It gives Mary a heart breaking origin, and a creepy desire of vengeance. I read this for readathon last year and I was so spooked I had to read a Riordan book afterwards😅

Okiku – Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

A lot of you might not know about Okiku, since this is not a western urban legend, so let me tell the simplified version. In Japan, during the shogun era, a servant named Okiku fell in love (or just simply being loyal, depending on the story) with her master. Her task is also pretty simple, to guard the 10 ancient plates the master had. When a high-ranking officer plotted a murder of the master, Okiku told the master about it. However, the high-ranking officer hid one of the ancient plates and accused Okiko of stealing it. The master sadly believed the officer more than Okiku; she was killed and her body was dumped into a well (or she killed herself, again, the story varies). The well still exist now in Himeji Castle and it is said during certain times, you can still hear Okiku counting the plates, trying to find the 10th plate.

THE GIRL ON THE WELL tells us what happen with Okiku after hundred of years. It is written from Okiku’s point of view, so it’s really interesting and also scary delving into her minds. The story itself also involves more of Japanese Shinto ritual, so it’s definitely a good read for Halloween!

Murderous Clown – It by Stephen King

Ah, the famous murderous clown. From John Wayne Gacy which is the OG clown killer, to last year’s hysteria of murderous clown. There’s something about clown that scares people. Maybe it’s the make up, maybe it’s the way they act, or maybe it’s simply because they are clowns. IT definitely propels the fear of clowns even worse than before. After all, supernatural clown is definitely worse than human being clown…🎈

Spider Bite – My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Spiders are scary. Even without knowing this story, spiders are creepy for me. I mean… it has 6 legs and creepy, bulging eyes!! However, as this story told, having spider babies poping out from your body is on a whole other level of creepy and fucked up. MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM doesn’t deal with spider babies, but it deal wth something even more disgusting. The scene is definitely the most wtf scene I’ve ever read, and scarred me to not eating unknown things.

Hookman – I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

The legend said that a serial killer with a hook replacing one of his had escaped from his confinement, before killing a couple parking in the side road. This novelisation of the famous teen thriller integrate the legend of hookman as its main antagonist, and while I haven’t read it, I heard it’s as good as the movie.

What’s your favorite urban legend?


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