The Scariest Book YOU’ve Ever Read? This Month in Literature July 2018

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Diana G says:

Pray For The Stolen Ones, By Jennifer Clement. When reality is way worse than fiction.

Barrett39 says:

IT is my favorite book, and I agree some parts are very unsettling no matter how many times I read it.

MrJimzovich says:

Kafka’s short story In the Penal Settlement is nightmarish even by his standards.

Ashley Bentley says:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay is a fine contemporary read that will get you thinking about modern horror

Mario Galeano says:

Kozinski-steps

Smokey Bear says:

Dont really read much horror but Lovecraft all the way baby. I first read chutulu and was a little underwhelmed, but i liked the feel of it and am glad i continued with at The Mountains of Madness. One of the best of his shorts. Ive only read pet cemetary by stephen king but also loved tbe way it was written. You could definatley see where the ending was heading but goddamn if it wasnt intense!

Dillard Lester says:

The only time I was was really frightened by a book came when I was young. This was the late 70’s to maybe the turn of the 80’s. Back then I believed whole-heartedly in bigfoot. It was a thing back then. A lot of “documentaries” were made at that time and books written. I had gotten one out of the library one summer-can’t recall the title-and was reading it on the front porch in broad summer daylight. It basically recounted the old sightings of the creature in the Pacific Northwest. One classic one is of the man out in the wilderness that was abducted by a family of bigfoots. When I reached the part where the bigfoot came into his camp and grabbed him in his sleeping bag I had to close the book in terror and gaze out into the summer sunshine until I calmed down.
I know this probably sounds crazy, and looking back now the story is obviously ridiculous, but that is the most scared a book has ever made me.

timkjazz says:

The Land of Laughs – Jonathan Carroll /  Carrion Comfort – Dan Simmons /  Ghost Story – Peter Straub

Raghu Bharadwaj says:

My scariest reading experience is the first half of Lovecraft’s whisperer in darkness until he goes to Vermont.that part of the story traumatized me.my other choice is weird but Thomas ligotti’s the frolic scared the shit out of me.the most anxious reading experience of my life.
On the sidenote since you mentioned house of leaves,have you read the pilot script of that book by danielewski.he recently released it for downloads.would love to hear your thoughts on the pilot script of the novel.

Eric Grabowski says:

Westerns ! Larry McMurtry ” anything for billy” Louis la’ more and Zane Grey wrote some good ones. And yes that one by ol Cormac.

rjd53 says:

The most disturbing book I read was Siri Husvedt’s What I loved, which isn’t meant to be a horror novel though , above all because from the style at the beginning of the novel you never would expect what’s to come. After having read it I found out that much of the story in it did really happen and even two famous writers were (remotely) involved as well; that did not make things better for me. – From the 2018 preview I read Nevada Days by Bernardo Atxaga a while ago, it had been published already in GB. I quite enjoyed it, It is not fiction, it is about real events, you learn a lot about academic life in Reno, Nevada, and disquieting things were going on there as well … Olga Tokarczuk has written two of my favourite novels, too bad they have not been translated into English yet, Flights is not among them, it’s not her best, I can’t quite understand why the English publisher has chosen this one for translation. Better wait for the others …

Linda De Pasquale says:

Intensity by Dean Koontz. Scared me off Koontz forevermore. Lol

vins1979 says:

I don’t know exactly why (and this is also part of the reason for why it scared me), but Aldo Busi’s “La Delfina Bizantina” begins as an anti-bourgeois novel and then, as the structure of power is examined in more depth, the language, like power itself, becomes more complex, obscure, complicated, impenetrable and the last part of that book is really really reaaaaaaally creepy. Check it out.

Dan J. says:

As an adult, I’d probably have to say House of Leaves. And, as for Shirley Jackson, I think The Sundial was a bit more scary than The Haunting of Hill House (which I still loved). It creeped me out more, at least.

Christian Sidjani says:

The last time a book really scared me was shortly after the first Ring movie came out in Germany (in 2002, I guess). I bought the novel on which the movie was based on. It’s by Kōji Suzuki and was pretty scary. I haven’t read it since, so I can’t say if it would scare me now. Apart from this I would go with “The Sun Dog” by Stephen King and “The Hell Screen” by Akutagawa Ryunosuke.

Dominic Platt Pietrovito says:

The Plague Dogs, book and film. It is thoroughly horrifying and depressing.

Fabrizio Buonpane says:

Concordo senza dubbio su House Of Leaves,The Rats in the Walls,It e The Boogeyman.Aggiungerei un’altro racconto di King,ovvero Suffer the Little Children da Nightmares & Dreamscapes,della Jackson The Lottery e del sommo HPL The Colour Out of Space e,ovviamente, The Call of Cthulhu. I Goosebumps di Stine non mi spaventavano,anzi mi divertivano molto e credo abbiano foraggiato quel meraviglioso senso di avventura/incanto che tutti noi abbiamo provato da piccoli,quando anche il giardino antecedente alla scuola diventava una foresta piena di tesori e insidie.Romanticismo spicciolo a parte,sarò sempre grato a questi autori per avermi insegnato ad avere paura.

Jason Hatherlee says:

The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books messed me up pretty good when I was a kid. The story about the guy getting his feet burned off still messes with me.

Indigo halm says:

the short story by lovecraft “the color from out of space”

Timothy Strohbehn says:

Warlock by Oakley Hall is a great Western novel. It’s a fictionalized account of the shootout at O.K. Corral and the events leading up to it. Many quotable moments in it, I’m surprised the novel isn’t more widely known.

Deb English says:

Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon creeped me out for days, especially since the horror part could be explained away logically but…..

Nick Ford says:

Have you read Warlock by Oakley Hall? Interested in your thoughts.

k k says:

I get really freaked over horror movies and stories in general so I’ve been avoiding scary novels my whole life. This isn’t “scary” per se but I would say “More Happy That Not” really scared me. Not because of any horror elements but because it scared me into realizing how much we are advancing technologically, and how afraid we are of our pasts. It makes sense if you’re familiar with the plot i just dont wanna spoil anything lol

Dim Lian says:

My all-time terrifying novels must be Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”. I re-read them often. 15 years ago I read Niccolò Ammaniti’s “Io non ho paura” and I can still remember shaking from… paura nontheless as little Michele, the child protagonist, explored that abandoned house in the middle of the endless golden wheatfields in a desolate, poor South Italy hit by the hardest heatwave of the century. What a book! <3 But I must also add Jules Verne’s “The Sphinx of the Ice Fields”, “The Castle in the Carpathians” and “Journey to they Centre of the Earth”, none of these is terror genre but they all paralyzed me so wonderfully as a teenager.

The Millions list: I’m looking foreward to the English translation of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “Summer” this month, fourth and final part in his Seasons Quartet. I haven’t read his My Struggle series yet… Also another English translation, that of Uwe Johnson’s Anniversaries (1700 pages?!) in December. Saga! It seems enticing for long cold Winter reads. :)
Great video!

Bettie Turner says:

I agree on House of Leaves. For King, I found The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the most terrifying story – next to It> I Love to read horror, but it doesn’t usually scare me. House of Leaves did.

Angharad LateBloomer says:

I too have read and been scared by many not obvious things by Stephen King, I find his short stories very disturbing. But hands down mine has to be Bird Box. I forget the writter at the moment but it’s a bit horror a bit maybe science fiction-esk and what is so scary about it is what you never see or find an answer to which is what the whole plot surrounds. Also the thought of having to try to live almost entirely without one of your major senses, sight, in order to live. Obviously it is brilliantly written in the form of a recounted tale with just a very compelling atmosphere and story-line. The type of book I can see it being hard to put down, and the audio version is excellent as well. Right the Author is Josh Malerman.

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