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    Jhunter Mmm, bacon. Contributor

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    I want to be scared.

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Jhunter, Mar 11, 2015.

    I have yet to read something that makes me actually scared, makes me want to turn on all the lights and throw the covers over my head.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    House of Leaves is supposed to be good. I haven't read it myself as I don't read horror, but that one's pretty iconic.
     
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    The Exorcist
     
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    Ditto House of Leaves!
     
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    You could read my first ever drafts.
     
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    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

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    Scarily brilliant, I bet. ;)
     
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    Jhunter Mmm, bacon. Contributor

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    The Wiki says something about the Whalestoe Letters? Should I pick this up as well?
     
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    Of course. It's so post it doesn't even seem to have a value system.
     
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    I recommend getting those only if you want more of the back story to Johnny Traunt and his mentally ill mother. They aren't necessary, and I honestly can't tell you if they even stand alone. You get most of those letters in House of Leaves anyway.
     
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    I too have been looking for a juicy horror story for years. I have read a lot of gothic literature and contemporary horror, but few have had the desired scare factor. The last time a book scared me, I was reading Goosebumps. Though I must say 'The Collector" is quite chilling. I have never heard of House of Leaves - it is now at the top of my list!
     
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    I also forgot about one very unappreciated horror writer: MR James.
     
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    Salem's Lot by King is good.
     
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    Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. I guess it helps if you have a very vivid imagination, but I thought it was scary :)
     
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    The Inhuman Condition by Clive Barker. :p
     
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    are you CRAZY that crap is scary why do you want to be afaird? but the story I wrote is about a girl that ends up hospital over a magical red braclet. if you wan to read it message me and ill post it. np
     
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    lol your avatar is scary!! happy Halloween :D ooooh scary
     
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    are you looking for a scary animals that does crazy animal stuff or a scary adult book with lots of detail. lol I prefer the dangerous animals tbh
     
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    Keep the suggestions coming, I'm making a wishlist as we speak haha.
    I have been looking for scary stuff to read for a while, couldn't quite get into some things i downloaded.
     
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    it depends what you mean by scary - personally I thought Misery by Stephen King was pretty damn scary - its not supernatural ghosts and such just the tension of someone being taken kidnapped by a nut case
     
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    There are a whole lot of differentiations within 'scary'. Personally I like the creeeeepy stories, where you look over your own shoulder because this kind of scare is not extraordinary. It's just part of living :)

    Define, what's 'scary' for you?
     
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    Depends on what scares you. I have read a fair amount of horror. Some stories that were creepier than others. Gory stories don't scare me, though I guess they do some people.
     
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    Yes, exactly that. Im currently reading Follow You Home by Mark Edwards, seems ok so far. Time will tell.
     
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    The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson.

    It's not as scary as it is really, really creepy. It's non-fiction, so mostly a true story that's told in a novelistic style. In other words, it reads like fiction but it is all too real.
    The serial killer in this story makes Jack the Ripper seem like a schoolboy.
     
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    One of the best horror stories I've read is a novella called The Beckoning Fair One, by a guy named Oliver Onions (seriously!). In it, a writer who's going through a bad dry spell takes a flat in an empty house, to exclude the distractions that are keeping him from meeting his publisher's deadline. But he gradually finds out that the place wasn't exactly tenantless . . .

    I was so creeped out by it that I haven't yet worked up the nerve to read it again.
     
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    The scariest book that I have ever read was definitely The Holy Terrors (Les Enfants Terribles). It's probably not traditionally what you'd consider a 'bring your covers over your head' book, but it is scary...
     

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