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

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Posted on 9 Mar 2009 10:19:23 GMT
If you have a slightly paranoid nature and can imagine the reality of some world disasters, then a book called Domain, I think written by J Herbert, will feed your fear fantastically. I stayed in for a month after reading it and even now, 15 years later I still remember the rats!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2009 14:21:17 GMT
B. Tankard says:
Um - you might try Clive Barker's 'Weaveworld', but I think it may be in reprint

Posted on 9 Mar 2009 15:01:43 GMT
I found Sepulchre by James Herbert very scary.

Posted on 9 Mar 2009 16:07:01 GMT
thinkfoo says:
HP Lovecraft Call of Cthullu - read all the short stories in Weird Tales. I found that although taken individually each tale is not that scary they build to a whole that is somehow much creepier than the sum of its parts. Definitely sends a shiver.

Posted on 10 Mar 2009 00:49:05 GMT
Joycey says:
i know its a bit long winded but IT by steven king i freak me out a bit more so when you watch the film again

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2009 07:33:30 GMT
vashta says:
Hey Nashile, it's obviously just a personal thing but I'd recommend The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, frightened the life outta me, had to get my Mam to escort me to the toilet through the night after reading this, pretty embarrassing at 30 years old! ha ha ha. Hope you find what you are looking for, happy reading.
Lainie. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2009 10:31:31 GMT
Jonesy, I couldn't agree more! The Exorcist is a terrifying novel, much scarier than the film, as the best movie camera is the one inside one's own head. Another novel that truly scared me was The Sentinel, but I can't remember the author's name. It was filmed too, but the novel was so much better.


Posted on 10 Mar 2009 13:31:44 GMT
Rachel says:
Compulsive horror fan that I am i can recommend the folowing:-
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Grimoire by Kim Wikins
The Ressurectionists by Kim Wilkins
The Infernal by Kim Wilkins
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
and for squeemish, pedal-to-the-metal crime with a horrific edge, Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 16:00:45 GMT
kermit 333 says:
Pet Semetary (Stephen King) and The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley not recommended if you are an arachnophobe.................................

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2009 11:12:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2009 11:13:21 GMT
BookJumper says:
for whoever said Richard Matheson's "I am Legend" was about a man fighting off zombies... vampires, surely?

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 11:37:37 GMT
R. Hall says:
scariest book ever written is the treatment by mo hayder

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 11:39:51 GMT
Ghost Story by Peter Straub. Seriously scarey book

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2009 13:10:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2009 13:12:09 GMT
Carol Wills says:
sorry BookJumper but, it was zombies, the films "Dawn of the Dead" etc came from the book "I am Legend".

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 13:41:16 GMT
Have to agree with the above:

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

Probably the only books that have ever really scared me. House of Leaves is one of my favourite books of all time.

I Am Legend - it's a cross between zombies and vampires... it's never explicitly stated in the book, but they share traits with both.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2009 13:42:32 GMT
That's speculation... George Romero sites Matheson as providing inspiration, but not specifically for The Dead series, and Matheson doesn't claim it.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2009 13:58:35 GMT
BookJumper says:
... if it's zombies, why Robert Neville spend most of his time in "I am Legend" making garlic clove necklaces and sharpening stakes? Why do they come out only at night? "Dawn of the Dead" may have taken some ideas from Matheson's book but in the end, one if a film about zombies, the other is a book about vampires. Dean Koontz described it as "the most clever and riveting vampire book since Dracula".

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 16:00:50 GMT
If you want a scary book try "THE DEVIL RIDES OUT Dennis wheatley.Or a short story THE TOMB OF SARAH.

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 17:05:37 GMT
alan snowdon says:
THE WOLFEN by whitley strieber is the scariest out and out horror novel by a long way , but yes H P Lovecraft is nightmarish to a ridiculous extent . I ALWAYS have really teriffying nightmares after re-reading any of his works . Don't know why people reccomend Richard Laymon as scary , sick , gross , perverse and down right sickening he may have been but not scary . For short stories try Ramsey Cambells early work or Brian Lumleys Early stuff Hope that helps

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 20:49:50 GMT
KP says:
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.....builds on you.

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 21:41:03 GMT
Afraid, by Jack Kilborn

Afraid by Jack Kilborn is a horrifying book with a particularly satisfying ending.

I like cozies. I might as well be honest about that. Also happy ever afters. Further, in the interests of full disclosure, you should know that I read AFRAID by Jack Kilborn (with a view to a review) because Joe Konrath dared me to do so. He has a thick skin, and a strong stomach... and anyone who reads AFRAID needs both.

This is not a book to take on a fishing trip, especially if you've left your loved ones at home, alone. In fact, this book ought to come with a free membership of the NRA. You'll want your Brinks alarm turned on, and a loaded shotgun under your mattress if you read AFRAID in bed at night. You might want one of those panic button pendants, too.

Be warned. It is gruesome. The villains are seriously, SERIOUSLY, nasty. My own most horrible villain (Insufficient Mating Material) rendered his victims insensible, had his wicked way, then took a small plug of pubic hair for a souvenir. Jack Kilborn's baddies do a great deal more than that. You get a sense of the horrors to come when a faceless bad guy sits on his first victim's bed, and when she asks what he's going to do to her, he says "Everything."

And that's just page 7.

This book contains some sick stuff. Nothing is off limits. Think Hannibal Lecter times five --or six by my count-- with the absolute might and force of the US government backing them up...or at least covering them up.

The pace is relentless, the characterization --unfortunately-- is excellent. You will care about these people. No one deserves to die the way so many do. The writing is crystal clear, like carved coal, dark, sparkling, with more than an evil glint. There's no silliness, no messing about, and nothing strikes you as implausible at the time, even if some of the violence is over the top.

You won't want to put down this book until you reach the last line. It's a good last line. Really good.

Afraid is a horrifying book with a particularly satisfying ending. I thoroughly recommend it.

best wishes,

Rowena Cherry

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2009 23:17:17 GMT
kermit 333 says:
agree totally!

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 23:46:40 GMT
Graham Masterton is a fabulous horror author, he is quite extreme in his writing and quite a few of his books have had my stomach turning. Black Angel is an excellent starting point if you want to read his books.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2009 22:33:47 GMT
McAvennie8 says:

Try the sequel to the Exorcist too. Its called Legion and i found it really good !! ( its also by Mr Blatty)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2009 14:09:59 GMT
J. Ali says:
Messiah is very good. Written by Boris Starling.

Posted on 26 Mar 2009 14:36:01 GMT
C. SMITH says:
"cows" by matthew stokoe is the most deranged, sickening book I have ever read. If anyone ever gets a chance to read it, do so. I can honestly say you will never read anything like it.
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