Thursday, October 18, 2018

Your Turn

Scariest book you have ever read?

66 comments:

Former CNN Anchor Candy Crowley said...

The new Atlanta zoo has only one animal. A dog!

It’s a shitzu

sandybrook said...

Green Eggs and Ham

Moose said...

Daphne Du Maurier's "Rebecca". Best piece of Gothic lit ever written.

Sandybrook - do you know the backstory behind "Green Eggs and Ham"?

pegd said...

"Pretty Girls"

Tuesdi said...

Salem's Lot.

PapayaSF said...

VALIS by Philip K. Dick. It will creep you out because it feels like a dive into the mind of a schizophrenic.

longtimereader said...

Anything by H P Lovecraft rocks.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Lord of the Flies

Unknown said...

The Stranger. I kept waiting for something to happen but I just ended up asking what’s the fucking point.

Super Comic Fun Time! said...

I would have to say The Amityville Horror. I was a kid when I read it and had no idea it was a hoax at that time.

HRHKMiddz said...

The Shining.

Super Comic Fun Time! said...

PapayaSF I love PKD and VALIS is one of my favorite novels of all time!

Currently re-reading A Scanner Darkly, which I was tempted to list as a very scary book until I remembered how scared Amityville made me as a kid.

Hamid said...

The koran. Page after page, verse after verse exhorting followers to murder infidels and show them no mercy.

Amartel said...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

TVAnnie said...

Helter Skelter. I read it when I was 15 and it scared the living daylights out of me. I thought if I was afraid of something, the best thing to do is research and understand it because then you won't be so afraid. When the Edmund Fitzgerald sank, I lost one of my cousins and it scared me. WE lived in a little town on Lake Superior. So I researched and read and even listened to the recordings of the radio transmissions to and from the Fitzgerald.

My theory about facing your fear and researching it, is wrong. After testing it out twice I realized It just made my nightmares more vivid. Oh well, at least I know what I am afraid of.


Farmgirl said...

Silence of the Lambs
Before the mivie came out

roundeye said...

The Camp of the Saints

Tex Pantego said...

The Stand.... Had a cold the entire time I read it.

Ophelia said...

+1 longtimereader. Edgar Allen Poe never scared me but once I found Lovecraft I would get chilled reading them as a kid!

B626 said...

Stranger Beside me(Ted Bundy)
1983
In a cabin in the Wisconsin woods
By a lake
Ya know one of those breezy summer reads

shakey said...

It. Close second is Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I read both while taking public transit to and from work. I had to put them down once in a while to stop my hairs raising up.

Lisa said...

The Exorcist

Kansa said...

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. That scene when they are in a garden outside of the house and are stalked by something invisible (not seen in the film). MUCH better than the new version of this story, brought to television.

Brayson87 said...

I feel like when you're young it's the horror novels, when you're older it's the nonfiction books.

MSAB09 said...

The Exorcist. The convos with the devil are worth the read.

Glitter said...

+1 on Helter Skelter.

Freckles said...

The Exorcist and Helter Skelter. I was too young to be reading them

Sal T said...

+1 The Shining

Ice Angel said...

LOL @ Tex- I felt the same way reading The Stand. I for sure had the disease.

But if you want some great psychological thrillers pick up a Robert McCammon novel. Swan Song was great, but Blue World is a total mindfuck. Don't read while stoned or it might just do you in.

Low Key said...

Reading Lovecraft before bed is a horrible idea, yet I keep doing it...

Low Key said...

But I'd say that the scariest thing I've ever read isn't a book, it's a little thought experiment called Roko's Basilisk. Y'all can Google that shit but don't say I didn't warn you.

Ophelia said...

too late @LowKey...

trufflepig said...

The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett.

zerooptions said...

The king in yellow
all of h.p. lovecraft stories, even "The cats of ulthar" was a little spooky.

Ice Angel said...

@lowkey can you give us a hint? Total mindfuck or what?

Sal T said...

I loved The Stand, didn’t want it to end.

Bitchysoisse said...

Definitely Amityville Horror, before it was debunked. The thought that these awful demonic things could be lurking in any cut-rate house, waiting for an ordinary family to buy it, just terrified me as a child. Also, as a child, I hadn't yet developed the critical thinking skills to notice some of the more questionable parts of the story, so I was just immersed in the scary drama.

SDJ said...

I'm thinking of ending things by Iain Reid
I had the most overwhelming feeling of dread/foreboding through the whole thing.

David Howes said...

My Chemistry text book in High School.

Every day it was, "Huh? What the hell was that?!"

=)

Unknown said...

Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis. Really f'ed me up, more than even his other dark and creepy AF books.

A Hopeful Balance Hope Bucher said...

the shoemaker

DDonna Tarttty said...

"The Shining."

Sharper Teeth said...

@Ice Angel it's a thought experiment involving AI, but it's one of those things where just knowing the "thought" puts you at risk.

mooshki said...

It. It's a thousand pages long and I read it in one sitting because I couldn't sleep until I reached the end.

mooshki said...

@LowKey Seriously? You look around at the world we're currently living in and think that concept is anywhere near as scary?

Brooklyn Girl said...

Intensity by dean Koontz. Again, the movie also was the scariest to me. Could happen.

Cee Kay said...

I'm a Stephen King fan. When I was reading Christine, I couldn't force myself to open the book after dark.

But the scariest of all is The Stand, because that Captain Tripps stuff could really happen.

sandybrook said...

sorry Moose, just saw your question. Seuss made a bet with someone he could write a book using less words than the other guy did, so he wrote green eggs with about 50 words to win the bet by about 175 words.

Gator said...

Communion by Whitley Strieber

Low Key said...

@angel, it's a mindfuck for sure. A friend read it and is now very polite to anything with a computer chip. She even praises the toaster, just in case...

Low Key said...

@mooshki, that wasn't the question tho.

HeatherBee said...

Jumping in with everybody on The Stand. I also got a cold as I was reading it, Tex!

MattDaddy said...

The Stand, Stephen King.

So damn amazing. "It" was a great one too. Those descriptions of the child murders ... Yikes!

Blonde's eye view said...

Prey by Michael Crichton. I am much more afraid of things that can really happen than I am of ghosts or monsters.

Hortensia said...

Pet Semetery.

GentleBreeze said...

Shakey - yeah, Queen of the Damned Anne Rice, with that thing rising out of it's coffin. Also Beloved, Toni Morrison. Just heartbreaking and hair-raising.

M said...

The Demonologists

Kris Taylor said...

Witnessed by Budd Hopkins

Fairylights said...

Cujo.

Hayley said...

@pegd I read Pretty Girls this summer and I could not put it down. Karin Slaughter is an incredible writer

Sabre said...

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. The idea of mind vampires forcing me to fuck & kill haunted my dreams & weirdly excited me at 13 years of age.

Later I read his Summer of Night & nearly died. It's a better 'IT'.

malcam66 said...

I loved The Stand, but didn't find it particularly scary.

Salems Lot scared the crap out of me though.

Elle Kaye said...

Swan Song

Missy Bigbritches said...

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

DAD said...

Me too!

Reblogga said...

Another vote for Helter Skelter. I had to read it during the day, it terrified me. It's excellent.

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