I'm more likely to read while camping than to sit in my trailer and watch a movie. And seeing as how Bloody Disgusting has already done a list of the top 10 movies to watch while camping, I thought I would do a list of the top books to read while camping.
Camping and scary stories just go together. I can remember telling scary stories around the campfire, or telling scary stories in my tent with a flashlight under my face. The following books all have a plot that revolves around camping. It's scarier to read something at the same time as you're experiencing it.
Dark Mountain by Richard Laymon
Two families go on a camping trip in the mountains. But they don't know that there's a witch living in the mountains. The standard fast-paced Laymon novel.
Also by Richard Laymon
No Sanctuary: There are two parts to this novel that almost feel like separate books. In one part, a couple goes camping in the woods and meet three guys who have plans to terrorize them. The other part is about a woman who likes to break into others' houses while they're gone and stay there until they get back. But she breaks into the wrong house.... Both of the stories are tied together in the end.
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Three couples rent a cabin on the Maine coastline. But they don't know that there's a bunch of cannibals living in the caves. This is one of the goriest novels I've ever read. It reads like a B-movie, which makes for a really fun camping read. I don't understand how The Girl Next Door, The Lost and Red were all made into movies before this Ketchum novel.
Also by Jack Ketchum
Offspring: The sequel to Off Season.
Cover: A group goes camping in the woods and come across a crazed Vietnam vet.
The Mountain King by Rick Hautala
Two men are hiking in the mountains and one is taken by Bigfoot. The other man returns to the mountain to find his friend.
Deliverance by James Dickey
The book that the movie was based on. Four men go on a canoeing trip and encounter crazed backwoods hicks.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
A young girl gets lost while hiking in the woods with her family. This book is about how she survives alone in the woods. One of my teachers read this book to my grade 8 class. Not scary and not really horror, but it's still a compelling read.