If you believe Friday the 13th is truly an unlucky day in western superstition, then the best way to avoid any mishap is to stay at home and read. And if you don't, well, these books of fears and sheer bad luck will be a tempting test of fate.
When Laura sees her daughter being bullied, she does something that will have consequences rippling through her lives and community. Call it a moment of impulse, or just being at the wrong place at the wrong time seeing the wrong kind of action. This book of dread, regret and tension descends deeper into a nightmare with each page - a nightmare so realistic you might ask "what if it had been me?"
The Gospel of Sheba gets its title from a book that is believed to have been written by the Queen of Sheba herself. It's full of black magic, said to hold the answers to one thousand demonic mysteries, and will poison any man who dares read it.
An Edwardian librarian meets a man with access to this book, who invites him to a secret meeting. And he finds that his life, family, and soul are about to be threatened forever. Moral of the story? Don't read strange books and don't follow strangers to random meetings.
A kidnapping, a pig-napping and then a murder. How much bad luck can a pair of newlyweds get?
What we love about this mystery is how fun it reads. It's something silly, with characters you can root for. It's not the scariest premise, but it's a solid crime mystery with a good splash of pure bad luck.
The premise itself is straight out of a horror story. Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom – and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of the bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming fortieth birthday party, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m.. Any failure to comply will not end well.
IM SORRY BUT WHAT SORT OF FRIDAY THE 13TH REALNESS.
Examine the tragedies in the past and present with this psychologically thriller. One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident.
Mary Coles move in 150 years later and sees a red-haired man roaming around the garden. Has she gone crazy? Is it bad luck? Or is there something more sinister going on?
By the time seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is in a coma and officially dead. But Delaney pulls through. Is that a miracle, or pure good luck?
But now Delaney is drawn to death. Is she predicting it like a sixth sense, or does she have powers now? And if so - is she the bad luck around town now?
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. But let's be real, it's almost impossible to live off the grid these days.
Lisa Lutz's psychologically thriller is about pursuing the path to survival and defining yourself. In a bad, bad world that's out to get you.
When Amy was 15, she was raped and left in the woods. And her attacker never found. Now she's lost in a timeless place - never to come back to reality.
Alex is as lost as Amy, ravaged by alcoholism. But she is spurred on by Amy's case and vows to get to the bottom of it. Try Not to Breathe unfolds each delicate layer to reveal the mysteries and horrors of the past, and as each layer is more frightening than the next, the two women must come to terms with the present, and the eventual conclusion.
Three unlucky children. A life full of woe and misery. Wherever they go, misfortune follows. A nasty villain is plotting to get their fortune. A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the turbulent lives of three children who have lost their parents and are placed under the care of a murderous relative. How bad can life get for these children?