What could a writer (read: I) do to give a story a psychologically horrifying feel? I've been watching some movies that have the feeling I'm trying to convey (Silent Hill, Session 9, Jacob's Ladder, some Asian Horror, that kind of thing) but most of them rely on visual tricks (The twisting heads in Jacobs Ladder for instance) that don't really go as well in written form. I don't know if anyone saw it (I posted it a month ago and only got a few views, I kinda hope no one did...) I tried having it in second person, but that didn't go over so well... So I ask, what makes you cower under the covers and turn on the lights? And are there any books out there that aren't all monster-hiding-in-the-dark-waiting-to-eat-you scary? I mean, in Silent Hill no one of consequence dies until the last fifteen minutes of the movie (though from then it's a bloodbath), The same with Session 9 (again, bloodbath. The gym floor gets painted with the stuff) and if I remember correctly in Jacobs Ladder no one dies at all, except some guy off screen and a guy in an explosion (I'm not counting the massacre in 'Nam). In the Reincarnation, the last Japanese Horror movie I watched, no one died at all (one girl was kidnapped by ghosts though, and there were deaths, but none of them real, and of course, I'm not counting flashbacks) and the main character just went insane. Seriously though, I need a book so psychologically horrifying I'd be afraid to stop reading it.