10 Amusement Parks That You May or May Not Want to Visit

Posted on April 30, 2024

by Sam P

Looking forward to Cedar Point’s opening day? Or maybe you’re already counting down the days until Halloweekends. Either way, it’s a great time to celebrate the fact that you’re not the main character in any of these horrific attractions.

Book Jacket: Fantasticland

fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

When photos appear online showing the eviscerated corpses left from the destruction of Fantasticland, something doesn't add up. Told through first-person interviews and pieces of the investigation, readers uncover the grisly details like a real citizen sleuth.

Book Jacket: Joyland

joyland by Stephen King

This one leans more heavily into crime thriller than it does horror, but it's still noteworthy. Think summer job gone totally wrong.

Book Jacket: Hide

hide by Kiersten White

What appears to be a deadly game of hide-and-seek is also a meditation on social status and ancient curses. Not really straight-up horror, but a thriller with unseen monsters throughout.

Book Jacket: Hide


A graphic adaptation of the 2022 novel, I actually found this one more enjoyable. The story remains the same, but is taken to new heights, pun intended, with the artwork of Veronica and Andy Fish capturing the precise feel of old-school carnival advertisements.

Book Jacket: Wonderland

wonderland by Jennifer Hillier

Several mysteries and several decades are woven into this tourist trap as Deputy Vanessa Castro navigates her first day on the job.

Book Jacket: Full Tilt

full tilt by Neal Shusterman

Probably one of the gnarliest Shusterman covers for this unhinged story, Full Tilt follows two brothers as they try to navigate a labyrinthine phantom carnival trying to trap them in forever.

Book Jacket: Something Wicked This Way Comes

something wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury

Check any book lists about carnivals and you're bound to find this Ray Bradbury classic on all of them regardless of genre. it's about some kids in the Midwest. It's about a haunted, traveling carnival. It's everything I've ever wanted out of a real carnival.

Book Jacket: Hell Fest

hell fest

Traveling horror theme park becomes traveling slaughter fest!

Book Jacket: Zombieland


A modern classic, this gang of strangers take on the zombie apocalypse in a guts-filled trek across The United States in an attempt to find Pacific Playland-- the last zombie-free locale in the country.

Book Jacket: Willy's Wonderland

willy's wonderland

Not an amusement park, but amusing nonetheless, Nicolas Cage plays the role of The Janitor in the now defunct Willy's Wonderland. What this abandoned family entertainment center needs custodial for, you'll have to watch to find out. (Not to be confused with Five Night's at Freddy's, but fans may enjoy the setting, regardless).

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