Firestarter by Stephen King, is a fascinating book, full of great characters, and still one of the scariest books/ movies ever. It doesn’t rely on blood, gore, or non-human monsters. The “monsters” are the humans, and a little girl is put into a position of having to be someone she doesn’t want to be, in order to survive.
I don’t know which came first for me: the book or movie. I’ve always been a Drew Barrymore fan, and I’ve always been a Stephen King fan, so it really could have gone either way.
I love this book from beginning to end. Charlie is born to parents who participated in an experiment in college. Both Charlie’s parents got an extra ability from the experiment, but Charlie is pyrokinetic, and because she’s a kid. A government agency is after both of them, but mostly Charlie, because they want to study them and their abilities.
If you like horror with a strong plot and interesting characters, this is a must read.