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Top 5 Scary Rainy Day Reads

I’m a jerk. Because I’m a jerk, this is a list of Top 5 Books to Read on Rainy Days (if you want to freak yourself out). These are in no particular order.

H2O (The Rain, #1)BlackoutThe Conqueror WormsFlood (Flood, #1)The Rain (A Post-Apocalyptic Story)

  1. H20 by Virginia Bergin

    1. It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

      Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive. – Goodreads Synopsis

  2. Blackout by Tim Curran

    1. In the midst of a beautiful summer, in a perfectly American suburban middle-class neighborhood, a faraway evil is lurking, waiting to strike the unsuspecting residents.First come the flashing lights, then the heavy rains, high winds, and finally a total blackout. But that’s only the beginning…

      When the whipping black tentacles fall from the sky and begin snatching people at random, the denizens of Piccamore Way must discover the terrifying truth of what these beings have planned for the human race. – Goodreads Synopsis

  3. The Conqueror Worms by Brian Keene

    1. One day the rain just didn’t stop. As the flood waters slowly rose and coastal cities and towns disappeared, some people believed it was the end of the world. Maybe they were right. But the water wasn’t the worst part. Even more terrifying was what the soaking rains drove up from beneath the earth — unimaginable creatures, writhing, burrowing … and devouring all in their path. What hope does an already-devastated mankind have against … THE CONQUEROR WORMS? – Goodreads Synopsis
  4. Flood by Stephen Baxter

    1. Next year. Sea levels begin to rise. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions; metres a year. Within two years London, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned. New York follows, the Pope gives his last adress from the Vatican, Mecca disappears beneaths the waves. Where is all the water coming from? Scientists estimate that the earth was formed with seas 30 times in volume their current levels. Most of that water was burnt off by the sun but some was locked in the earth’s mantle. For the tip of Everest to disappear beneath the waters would require the seas to triple their volume. That amount of water is still much less than 1% of the earth’s volume. And somehow it is being released. The world is drowning. The biblical flood has returned. And the rate of increase is building all the time. Mankind is on the run, heading for high ground. – Goodreads Synopsis
  5. The Rain by Joseph A. Turkot

    1. There are a lot of stories about how the rain started.The thing that always comes to mind first isn’t the how though, it’s the how much. Russell still does the math too: 15, 5,400, and 8,550. 15 inches a day, 5,400 a year, and 8,550 feet since the start.

      We have no idea if it’s accurate. But it’s important to think about it, he says, because it reminds us to keep moving. I’m Tanner. Russell plucked me from the rain when I was two.

      Fourteen years ago we left Philadelphia. As the water rose, we moved west, hoping the elevation would keep us warm and dry. Pittsburg, Indianapolis, Sioux Falls, Rapid City. Now we’re stranded on the islands in Wyoming. Russell thinks they used to be the Bighorn mountains. But we can’t go back now. There’s no warm and there’s no dry anymore. Just a rumor about a place where it isn’t raining. So we’re going to try to make it—520 miles south to Leadville. But we can’t drift east, the Great Plains have become waterspout alley, a raging tomb of moving water. – Goodreads Synopsis

Now, I want to make the disclaimer that I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the books on this list that I’ve read (the first 3), but I read so much horror that it’s hard to really freak me out, so others might get freaking terrified . PS: Why aren’t there more apocalyptic/horror books set during floods or storms? I mean, really, isn’t the idea of a world where it never stops raining absolutely terrifying.



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  1. Silke

    So this is the list I should stay very far away from 🙂

  2. H2O is on my list too, although it’s called The Rain in the UK 🙂

  3. Oh my, H2O sounds scary. Coming from the north, where rain is your daily companion, the thought of a lethal rain is freaking me out. Wait, in fact, all of those books freak me out, haha!

  4. Oh my goodness, I haven’t read any of these books, but now I really want to read them all! Especially three and four. Adding them to my TBR!

  5. Omg!… When will I learn not to keep reading something that has the word SCARY in it :/ although the first and last book sound worth it. Haha!

    • I’d say the 2nd and 3rd ones are most worth it.

  6. You wondered about man-eating jam and the first thing on your list is deadly water 😉

    • I have a taste for the absurd! and scary. And scary absurd. And funny and scary. and… well, you get the point.

  7. The Conqueror Worms sounds really fun!

    • That’s one word for it. Its the type of book that still makes me go “Ewww” thinking about it and its been years since I read it!

  8. That first book sounds really interesting! I guess this is a pretty hard plot line to develop successfully and with any measure of scientific accuracy. I don’t know much about the subject matter, but it strikes me as an incredibly complex plot device that would be way to hard to resolve. Or at least, it might be hard to resolve in a way that isn’t biblical, or already been done. I don’t know. I’m not particularly imaginative, either, so I’d be an awful person to ask.

    • Unfortunately in the first one, the author took the “teens are mindless, selfish idiots” to an all-time high. If I had to read about her wearing killer high heeled boots, or her awful spray tan one more time… *twitches*

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