We all have that one friend who loves to brags about being able to watch scary movies with both eyes fully open. The friend who never gets nightmares. Who’s totally immune to jump scares and thinks that all the on-screen blood looks “soooo fake.” Pshh, girl, okay. Real ones know that horror books are a thousand times more terrifying than any movie ever could be.
I mean, a movie is essentially someone else’s interpretation of a story and how they imagine it. The thrilling part about reading a book is that you get to use your own imagination. And imaginations have a tendency to run wild—when they aren’t constrained, they conjure up the darkest, most twisted images ever. I don’t know about you, but there’s no telling what kinda horrifying sh*t my brain can come up with.
Books, unlike movies, you really have to sit with. The meticulously-detailed and suspenseful plots take up more mental space, not to mention time. So if you’re ready to take your obsession with all things scary to the next level (or you just want to prove that you really do fear nothing), grab any one of these famous horror books and settle into the creepiest corner of your apartment.
By the way, if you need a palate cleanser to rid your mind of the darkness, why don’t you line up one of 2020’s best non-fiction books to read next?
“Pretty Girls,” by Karin Slaughter
Don’t be surprised when you’re completely horrified, heartbroken, and terrified all at once while reading this book. “Pretty Girls” is an intricately woven story about disappearing girls that’ll shake you to your core. I mean, the author’s last name is Slaughter!!
“The Woman in the Window,” by A.J. Finn
“The Woman in the Window” brings readers into the head of a woman with agoraphobia who sees something she shouldn’t have while spying on her neighbors. Yes, you should def read the book before watching the movie starring Amy Adams. What can I say, I’m a read-the-book-before-the-movie purist.
“Hell House,” by Richard Matheson
If you love a good haunted house story, then pick up a copy of “Hell House” and brace yourself for non-stop terror. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you have to sleep with every single light on.
“All the Missing Girls,” by Megan Miranda
A suspenseful novel with twists and turns you never see coming, “All the Missing Girls” proves that though you may try, you can never truly escape a haunted and unresolved past.
“The Other,” by Thomas Tryon
Thomas Tryon published this legendary psychological horror story in 1971, and it remains a classic almost 50 years later. Evocative and disturbing, the novel transports readers back to 1935 where twin boys with a deranged relationship roam an idyllic New England town, wreaking havoc.
“Pet Sematary,” by Stephen King
When Stephen King a.k.a. His Royal Highness of Horror considers this book as “just awful” and “as dark as can be,” you know it’s gotta be terrifying. I mean, he freakin’ wrote it and thinks it’s horrifying!
“Penpal,” by Dathan Auerbach
For anyone who appreciates a non-linear storyline and how childhood scars are rooted deeply in the subconscious, “Penpal” is a must.
“Ghost Story,” by Peter Straub
Don’t let the simple title fool you, Ghost Story is far from your typical ghost story. It’s an expertly written novel about friendship, secrets, and past crimes. It’ll leave you absolutely rattled.
“The Fall of the House of Usher,” by Edgar Allan Poe
If you skipped this one in high school because you were an angsty teen who hated being told what to do, I highly recommend cracking it open now that you’re older and wiser. Nobody does evil, horror, or the supernatural better than my man Poe.
“1984,” by George Orwell
I literally don’t know anyone who doesn’t shudder when they hear the words 1984. Big Brother is watching.
“It,” by Stephen King
Oh, you call yourself a fan of the It movies? Well, you might be totally in love with Bill Hader, but you’re really not a true fan until you’ve read the book. Sorry, I don’t make the rules!
“Bird Box,” by Josh Malerman
Yes, the Bird Box memes may have fizzled out…but the Josh Malerman book upon which the Netflix movie is based is still goin’ strong. Honestly, it’s somehow even more ominous than the film.
“Intercepts,” by T. J. Payne
If you’re the slightest bit freaked out by conspiracy theories or even just the kind of person who keeps a little sticker over the webcam on your laptop, you should read “Intercepts.” It’s about a very scary government experiment that went really, really wrong.
“The Amityville Horror,” by Jay Anson
There’s a reason The Amityville Horror has been made into several movies. This true story about a family that moved into an allegedly possessed home on Long Island in the ’70s is the stuff of long-lasting nightmares.
“The Exorcist,” by William Peter Blatty
Quick recap: A mother enlists a local priest to perform an exorcism on her daughter after she begins acting deranged. Even if you’ve already seen the movie and are still skeeved out by that projectile-vomiting scene, you should still find time to read the book.
“The Haunting of Hill House,” by Shirley Jackson
This 1959 gothic novel, which was the inspiration for the terrifying Netflix series of the same name, is considered by many to be the best haunted-house story ever written. Seriously, this tale about a house with a spooky mind of its own might make you think twice before booking another Airbnb.
“Dracula,” by Bram Stoker
The OG vampire story about the bloodthirsty Transylvanian, better known as Count Dracula, will make you want to protect your neck and carry garlic around with you from now until eternity.
“Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley
Named in honor of the mad scientist who creates a nameless monster out of cadavers, Shelley’s more-than-200-year-old gothic novel shows that when curiosity trumps compassion, very bad things happen.
“The Shining,” by Stephen King
Stephen King has been scaring readers for 45 years, starting with 1974’s Carrie. But it’s this horrifying look at novelist and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance’s descent into madness, which King wrote three years later, that will make it hard for you to ever get a peaceful night’s sleep again. Here’s Johnny, haunting your nightmares for the rest of time.
“Beloved,” by Toni Morrison
There’s an ongoing debate over whether Morrison’s 1987 novel is horror or not. But there’s no doubt that this story of an enslaved woman named Sethe who escapes and then is haunted by the memory of the baby she murdered in exchange for her freedom is a terrifying look at the toll that guilt takes on a person.
“Rebecca,” by Daphne du Maurier
The ghost of Rebecca haunts this gothic retelling of “Bluebeard,” published in 1938. So much so that the female protagonist who marries Rebecca’s widower, Max de Winter, doesn’t even get a name. What she does get is a husband with a horrible secret, which she’s willing to keep for love. What readers get is a frightening melodrama about jealousy and female identity that still holds up 80 years later.
“Night Film,” by Marisha Pessl
Does the work of cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova hold the key to solving his daughter Ashley’s mysterious death? Investigative journalist Scott McGrath sure thinks so, but it might be the last thing he ever thinks in this 2013 thriller in which life starts to imitate art.
“Rosemary’s Baby,” by Ira Levin
While most babies are sweet little angels, Rosemary’s baby is straight-up demonic. This 1966 psychological thriller in which Rosemary’s womb becomes home to the Antichrist will have you panicking over the patriarchy in no time.
“Let the Right One In,” by John Ajvide Lindqvist
A coming-of-age story about rejection, loneliness, and abuse, all of which is just as scary as the supernatural horrors that Eli, a 200-year-old vampire who looks 12, commits.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes,” by Ray Bradbury
What is coming in this 1962 novel, you ask? Well, it’s a satanic carnival that will force you to take a closer look at the good and evil that live inside all of us.
“House of Leaves,” by Mark Z. Danielewski
A love story, a satire of academic criticism, a horror tale about a dead body found in an apartment alongside mysterious claw marks—Danielewski’s 2000 debut is a chilling mix that’s hard to put down, even if your nerves wish you would.
“White Is for Witching,” by Helen Oyeyemi
In this unconventional coming-of-age story, Miranda, a young girl who suffers from pica, a disorder that compels her to eat foreign objects, is haunted by voices. While it’s unclear whether those voices are supernatural phenomena or a sign of mental illness, Oyeyemi’s third novel offers a frightening look at the horrifying and lasting effects of colonization.
“Broken Monsters,” by Lauren Beukes
The 2014 serial-killer tale begins with the gruesome finding of a young boy whose head and torso have been fused with the rear end of a deer. From there, Beukes takes a satirical and frightening look at true crime that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.
“The Hunger,” by Alma Katsu
“Zone One,” by Colson Whitehead
Whitehead’s apocalyptic 2011 novel about zombies taking over New York will fill you with existential dread and leave you questioning all your life choices. And really, what’s scarier than that?
Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix
What if the local IKEA were haunted by a ghost? Hendrix’s witty 2014 novel, which actually looks a lot like an IKEA catalog, attempts to answer that question.
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What Makes a Good Online Casino?
A quick search for an online casino will reveal hundreds of results. However, these casinos are not created equally. Some are better than others in many ways. That’s why you cannot settle for the first option that catches your eye. You need to do thorough research to ensure you settle for a casino that will give you a better experience – and some good money in the process.
So, what makes a good online casino?
The truth is that there are many reputable casinos online – and new ones keep popping up with each passing day. But the few bad ones spoil the name for the others. These casinos scam people. They are eager to make deposits but not keen to give players their money back, pay their affiliates, or even stick to their terms and conditions. These casinos – scam or rogue casinos – are exactly the types you want to avoid.
Unfortunately, most of these rogue casinos disguise as good ones. You might have a hard time telling them apart, especially if you are just getting started. To help you make an informed decision, here are some qualities that make a good online casino.
It does not feature in the blacklist
One of the easiest ways to tell a good casino from the bad ones is by looking at different online casino blacklists. Different reputable platforms always release yearly blacklists to protect casino players from gambling scams online. They put bad casinos on a list for everyone to see and ensure no one signs up to any of those casinos in the future. Since these sites differ, chances are you won’t find the same casinos on every blacklist. But the fact that a casino makes the list means they have one or more of these problems:
- Change terms
- Predatory terms
- Slow pay
- Unfair games
- Marketing spam
- Licensing and regulation
Choice of games
As a player, you’ll appreciate the choice of picking whichever game pleases you. That’s why you need a casino that offers more games. Browse around to find the casino games that the provider offers to see if it’s a good fit.
It’s fair, secure, and serious
As you may have noticed from above, many casinos end up on the blacklist for many reasons, including unfairness and security issues. Good online casinos use random number generator that determines the chances of winning. On top of that, they work with third parties to check the fairness of games. What’s more, these casinos display various certificates on their platforms, giving you further assurance that things are conducted fairly.
Has good customer service
You can tell a good casino by how their customer support team treats you when you send a request or inquire about something. They will be willing and happy to serve you. they will also have adequate knowledge to address your concerns and be available 24/7.
Accept your payment methods
A good casino accepts a wide range of payment options, ranging from online payment options to instant bank transfers and even credit card solutions. This allows you to use your preferred payment method and not feel locked out. Stay away from sites that provide limited payment options. Some of them fail to get approved by payment platforms, which by itself is a red flag.
Has a bonus offer
It’s easy to assume bonus offers and other incentives, especially if you are new to the game. However, you should work with a casino that provides a consistent bonus offer and not just a good welcome offer. You’ll need these bonuses even as an existing client. Moreover, the site should provide promotions without deposit, reload offers, and many free spins. Don’t feel limited. Many casino sites offer these bonuses, and if the one in question doesn’t, you might as well keep looking.
Free games and easy registration
As a newbie, the last thing you want is to sign up with a casino that doesn’t provide free games. You need to practice without having to deposit money or fear that you’ll lose money. Free games allow you to practice and be good before playing real money. Additionally, the casino should have a simple registration and easy account opening process. If it’s too complicated, then maybe it’s not the right casino for you.
How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital
These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.
A historical journey
It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.
It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.
Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.
In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.
The birth of the mega resort
It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.
Las Vegas in the 21st century
The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?
The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.
These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.
What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.
Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.
Some Big Casinos Near Nature
Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.
ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.
Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.
- Enjoy the size of Casino de Montreal and Hard Rock Casino
- Enjoy the big and beautiful Casino Niagara or ST Eugene Golf Resort
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River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit
Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.
Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun
Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.
Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One
Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.
Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture
Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers
River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.
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