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Posted on 3 Oct 2010 09:24:41 BDT
The Whistling Room from Carnacki The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson is a good one ,any short story by Nigel Kneale .The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward or At The Mountains Of Madness by H P Lovecraft stay with you for ages.The Island Of Dr.Moreau by H G Wells again clings to the mind and speaks to the modern reader.I am not a Stephen King admirer, finding his screenplay like style both wearisome and repellent.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2010 10:09:18 BDT
Chris says:
I agree about Hope Hodgson. also agree about Dr moreau.
On the subject of Stephen King: if you liked the Carnacki short stories, I really think you should give 'Everything's Eventual' a look. There's a story in it entitled '1408'. I believe this is a story that would appeal to you.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2010 10:56:55 BDT
Yes, Jonesy! I found the novel terrifying and much, much scarier than the film, as the best movie camera is in one's own head and the imagination runs riot. I read The Exorcist a long time ago, probably 20+ years, so must try it again.

One post has mentioned L P Lovecraft and yes, if you want horror stories this author is ideal to read when you want to scare yourself silly on a dark and windy night.


In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2010 13:35:18 BDT
Callie says:
"Of Darkness and light" by Barry Graham

Posted on 19 Oct 2010 22:03:38 BDT
I have never made it all the way through Stephen King's IT, way too scary for me and absolutely to blame for my morbid fear of clowns. Was also frankly terrified by The Shining.

Posted on 18 Dec 2010 00:44:28 GMT
Simon Buck says:
I found my wife's first horror novel pretty spooky. I volunteered to proof read it for her and made the mistake of starting late in the evening - which meant when I got to the first scary bit I was sitting alone in our lounge, with my back to a window and the rest of the room in darkness. I turned all the lights on and moved to a seat with my back firmly up against a solid wall!

It came out in paperback some time ago but has just been published in a Kindle edition (for £1.99) which also means you can easily read a sample first. Given that the main part of the story takes place in a snowbound hotel on the edge of a forest, now is the perfect time to be reading it while the latest snowstorms pile up at the window and we're all looking forward to a real white Christmas.

It's called Abiding Evil by Alison Buck and I heartily recommend it - although I may be a little biased ;-)

Posted on 21 Jan 2011 15:28:16 GMT
P. Townshend says:
Yep Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.
Also IT & The Stand by Stephen King

Posted on 21 Jan 2011 19:35:38 GMT
I wanted to recommend anything by johnathan aycliffe. They are not so much horror as ghost stories but they really hit the spot i think. I cannot remember the title i'm afraid but the one set in edinburgh about the academic i remember being the best. Hang on i shall look it up. The matrix. I found that so very creepy; far more than your standard like the stand or it by stephen king and though lovecraftian in style has more echoes of James. Anyway actually very creepy.

Posted on 21 Jan 2011 19:53:57 GMT
toady by mark morris i actually threw the book across the room in horror it not creepy but too graphic and decscriptive re bought the book a couple years ago i first read it when i was 20 im 40 now and have read more horror books since then so will i still have that same ughhh feeling not sure as im to scared to re read it again. ha ha

Posted on 31 Jan 2011 12:19:13 GMT
wmc says:
Graham Masterton's Walkers was a really creepy read.If you want a new author good and scary try Sarah Langan ,The Missing and Audreys Door were both brilliant.

Posted on 31 Jan 2011 20:38:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2011 20:45:02 GMT
ShotoTiggs says:
The Rats and The Fog by James Herbert both freaked me out totally when I was a teenager. The Fog has nothing to do with the movie, btw. I agree with the Magic Cottage by herbert too. I've never been able to get in to a King book, the only one I've read is Eye of the Dragon and that's nothing like his others!

Also, it's a short story and I've unfortunately forgotten the name but Roald Dahl wrote a horror story about a woman who kills her husband with a frozen lamb leg, I read it years ago but whenever someone mentions creepy reading I always think of that.

Posted on 31 Jan 2011 20:46:49 GMT
rae2020 says:
White is for witching, by Helen Oyeyemi.

Holds the honour for being the only book to actually give me nightmares!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2011 21:27:56 GMT
hmmmm. perhaps as a teenager i could see that; for there were times that james herbert could creep you out- to use an all to modern phrase. However i always liked him for his dialogue rather than his chills

Posted on 1 Feb 2011 08:14:13 GMT
One i also thought that i should mention is "drood" by Dan Simmons; which is not only exceptional writing but really rather creepy whilst also giving you an insight into charles dickens later lafe. Highly recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2011 12:46:44 GMT

You could try 'Beyond' - a bit different, modern settings and age old fears, could all be taking place in your town, if you just look..well, 'Beyond, obviously!

Posted on 20 Feb 2013 21:49:09 GMT
Russell says:
The Amityville horror is a true story that is very scary. The Amityville Horror

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2013 19:56:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Feb 2013 19:56:47 GMT
I am legend : Definitely vampires, just finished it.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 08:53:07 GMT
Try Meat Joseph De Lacey

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 21:59:14 GMT
carocaro says:
The Amityville Horror was fabricated Russell. They claimed it based on wishful thinking, sorry to disillusion you. Now The Showing has much in it that was real. You can contact the author via these threads and ask him.

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Posted on 26 Feb 2013 16:02:49 GMT
Peter Blatty "the Exorcist" written ages ago but terrifying. H. P. Lovecraft also very scary.

Posted on 26 Feb 2013 20:57:22 GMT
Endurance - A Novel of Terror

Try this one - had me wincing a bit - ** SHIVER**

Posted on 5 Apr 2013 14:11:50 BDT
Check these babys out. They'll leave more than a shiver in your stride...

Tales of the Undead - Hell Whore (Tales of the Undead Series)
Tales of the Undead - Suffer Eternal (Tales of the Undead Series)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2013 14:32:41 BDT
Louise Wise says:
Try Karl Jones' books. This is free at the moment:

Shattered (Donna Harp Series)

I haven't read it. The blurb was too graphic for my tender eyes. :/

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 06:35:00 BDT
The most frightening book I have ever read is Bless The Child by Cathy Cash Spellman, it scared me so much that I couldn't even keep the book in the house. I also found Dean Koontz's The Servants of Twilight pretty creepy too.
A book that didn't bother me but I know others found scary is Cradle and All by James Patterson. I passed my copy to my brother who didn't get past chapter 3 but then he can't watch The Omen.
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