Oct 31, 2011

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Question – What Is The Spookiest Book You’ve Ever Read?

Super quick question this week.  Seeing that today is Halloween, I thought I would do a Halloween-ish post today.

I hate spooky things.  Movies or TV shows…I can’t watch them.  They give me nightmares.  Don’t laugh.  It’s true.  Because I am not a huge fan of being spooked, I tend to not go out of my way to find creepy books to read.  I’ve read ghost books and monster books, but none have been overly scary.

But what about you.  Do you guys like scary books?  What is the spookiest book you’ve ever read?

  1. The Shining by Stephen King. Soooooo scary! Ack!

  2. Hands down…Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

  3. I’m not big on scary/spooky things either. Just can’t handle it!

  4. HAHA – how about the spookiest book I ever started but then like a coward chose not to read? House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski starts with a very eerie opening chapter where the main character describes his slipping sanity, insomnia, and substance abuse and then starts going back to where it all started – with the mysterious, ultra creepy death of an old man. None of this is too bad but the book then proceeds to warn you that reading farther will inerrably change your life for the worse (just like the narrator). It’s a warning like characters get in movies before they watch a video or answer a phone call and get smacked down by some big ugly nasty.

    Now I’m normally a pretty curious person, and I have a very hard time putting books down, but I shut that book immediately after reading the warning, and sold it to a used bookstore a week later. Pretty silly right? I know the book got a ton of critical acclaim but I’m not a huge fan of creepy, and I guess I’m a bit superstitious. If I were ever walking through an old, supposedly haunted house, where the walls started to ooze blood, and a voice whispered “GET OUT”… I’d get the heck out of dodge. Does that make me a coward or just smart? ; ) Who knows…

    But that’s why House of Leaves will never grace any of my book lists.

  5. I love scary movies but haven’t read a lot of scary stories, so there are only two that come to mind. Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon was really creepy in a psychological thriller kind of way. I was thinking about that story for weeks after I read it. Then there is Amanda Steven’s The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen Series) with good old-fashioned angry ghosts. That was an incredible series starter that I highly recommend.

  6. When I was a teenager I read everything by Raymond E. Feist that I could find. Love his fantasy books. I also read Faerytale, not understanding this one is very very creepy. Even made the mistake of re-reading it once, but never again. The book just won’t let go of you.

  7. Sadly I can’t say I have read anything spooky or maybe I don’t get spooked easily.

  8. The Mall by Richie Tankersley Cusick when I was in high school. It’s a total teen book about a girl who works at the mall and is being stalked by a crazy man/killer. It scared me because I worked at the mall at the time and knew how creepy it was to walk the “hidden halls” that run behind the stores and to be alone at night closing up.

  9. Children of the Corn by Stephen King. I had nightmares after reading that short story.

  10. I don’t have a lot of memory.. So I will pick the last one I read, It was so weird… It was Appartement 16 by Adam Nevill.

  11. I love scary movies so I’m sure that I’d really enjoy scary books. I use to read the Goosebumps books when I was a kid and those were pretty scary. I loved the ones where you chose your own path and jumped around in the book….they were so much fun and creepy. 😀 I know a lot of people talk about Stephen King and I do want to check out his work in the future. Fun question Julie. 🙂

  12. Penelope – I have heard that that is one of the scariest!

    Ashley – I see a Stephen King theme staring here…lol. There must be a reason why he’s the king of horror then. 🙂

    The Book Diva – Yay! A chicken like me. lol

    Jessica – “If I were ever walking through an old, supposedly haunted house, where the walls started to ooze blood, and a voice whispered “GET OUT”… I’d get the heck out of dodge.” LOL And you’d be smart. Very smart.

    Cat – Wow. That must have been a good book for you if you thought about it for weeks afterward! Always a good sign. 🙂

    aurian – Note to self: avoid that book. lol

    Bookaholic Cat – You probably don’t get spooked easily. #ballsofsteel

    Courtney – I worked in a mall too so there is NO WAY I would have been able to handle that. lol

    RKB – I’ve actually heard of that one. I’ve heard it’s just mind twisting.

    Melliane – Even the title suggests spooky. lol

    Deanna – You would probably do very well with the horror genre since you are such a horror movie fan. 🙂

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