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anyone recommend a horror book that is actually scary???

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Initial post: 23 Feb 2009 17:57:38 GMT
Nashile says:
im looking for horror books that are really creepy and that will make me want to keep the light on at night!!!!! thanks xxxx

Posted on 23 Feb 2009 18:10:39 GMT
joana says:

1. The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova - Stoker's Dracula is good to read before this, if you haven't already done so, but it's not really necessary.
2. The Prestige by Christopher Priest - whoah!
3. The Resurrectionist by James Bradley - note that there is more than one book with this title so make sure you get the correct one! This book is an excellently scary book and well-written too.


In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2009 18:54:44 GMT
HP Lovecraft is the only writer who terrifies me! I read The Lurker at the Threshold deliberately at night, and with the window open, so that I would get delicious thrills coursing down my spine! Little did I realise that I would have to close the window and sleep with the light on!!!!! I'm not kidding; it's the scariest book I've ever read. It was a collaboration between Lovecraft and August Derleth. I think the latter wrote most of it. You should check out Lovecraft's other books. Downright terrifying!

Posted on 23 Feb 2009 19:24:41 GMT
crickley hall by james herbert which is an excellent ghost story.
midnight is a lonely place by barbara erskine where the story toggles between the past and the present. A very good story but you may find the ending a bit of a let down.
hiding from the light and house of echoes also by barbara erskine are worth reading.

Posted on 23 Feb 2009 19:28:40 GMT
JONESY says:
exorcist book is better than the film.

Posted on 23 Feb 2009 19:29:35 GMT
Heart-shaped box by Joe Hill-The BEST book I read last year!!!!Gave me the willies from start to finish!!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2009 19:36:15 GMT
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Nashile says:
i have already read this book(heart shaped box) and you are right!! a creepy and brilliant book!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2009 19:39:14 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2009 21:02:02 GMT
kc says:
anything by richard laymon.

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 03:01:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2009 03:05:12 GMT
A. Hughes says:
I have to agree with JONESY above. I read The Exorcist when it came out, I was about fourteen & was afraid to carry on reading but couldn't put it down.

I haven't read anything truly scary for decades...the Pan Book of Horror Stories series are worth chasing down on ebay or Abebooks, especially the earlier ones.

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 11:21:01 GMT
DWMJH says:
Scooby Doo and The Legend of The Vampire kept me awake all afternoon.
For one seriously dark book check out "Song of Kali" by Dan Simmons

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 13:00:45 GMT
A. J. Cluer says:
M.R James collected stories. Also try Stephen Kings Salems Lot. Susan HIlls Woman In Black is great too...

Posted on 24 Feb 2009 13:38:08 GMT
Love Graham Masterton's book Flesh and blood,and all his books really,Children of the night by Dan simmons also a top book.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2009 13:48:34 GMT
Pookie says:
I think my all-time greatest fright was when I first read "Communion" and "Transformation" by Whitley Streiber. These are NOT written as fiction books, but describe what the author genuinely believed happened to him at various intervals throughout his life. These books describe his alleged multiple abuductions by little grey aliens.

The first time I read these books, my husband was working night shifts. I know I probably picked a bad time to read them, just before going to bed and in the house alone, but I really didn't sleep much for the next few nights! The slightest noise woke me- even if I knew perfectly well what had caused it!

These are really worth tracking down if you want to spend your nights scared half-to-death, as I was! Enjoy...

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2009 15:43:08 GMT
I read Stephen King's Duma Key and remembered half way through why I stopped reading Stephen King's books years ago, seriously scary.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2009 21:22:23 GMT
Totally agree Richard Laymon never wrote a bad book. No one else seems to hit the spot.

Posted on 25 Feb 2009 09:34:05 GMT
the witches by roal dahl gave me the heeby geebies when i was younger, and now if i want a scare - i just read a scientology pamphlet or the news

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2009 09:54:46 GMT
Try Richard Matheson, I AM LEGEND. One man alone, fighting off zombies -- way scarier than the Will Smith movie.

Posted on 8 Mar 2009 19:40:03 GMT
BookJumper says:
Old-school Stephen King used to keep me up all night: try things like "Carrie", "The Dark Half", "Christine", "Misery". The first three even made quite decent movies ("Misery" was so chopped up you could barely follow the plot if you hadn't read the book first; shame because the casting was promising), although none of them really retained the true scariness of the books.

Posted on 8 Mar 2009 20:11:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2009 20:12:11 GMT
Natalie says:
The Shining. Seriously scary book.

Posted on 8 Mar 2009 20:30:04 GMT
Annie says:
I read Clive Barker's Books of Blood years ago and remember hardly sleeping a wink for days afterwards!
James Herbert's early tales (The Dark, Survivor etc) are also pretty scary stuff but I agree with the folk above re: the Exorcist - thats a real frightener.

Posted on 8 Mar 2009 21:54:52 GMT
I agree about Stephen King,especially "It" and "The Shining",and Lovecraft, but try Joe Donnelly's "Havock Junction" about a demon motorway, or Cathy Cash Spelman's "Bless the Child" and THEN try to sleep!

Posted on 8 Mar 2009 21:58:26 GMT
i cant remember who its written by, but messiah was absolutely brilliant, couldnt put it down at all, so much better than the tv series!

Posted on 8 Mar 2009 23:24:33 GMT
A. Dyer says:
Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves is like no book you have ever read... deeply terrifying.

Posted on 9 Mar 2009 00:21:43 GMT
If you want to read most frighting book I ever came across is this
A Divine Revelation of Hell by Mary K. Baxter
(copy paste the title in Amazon space bar) It a suppose real vision of Hell Christian after life experiace. Whatever you believe or it. you want fear? this is it
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