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6/1/07 4:35 PM
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No, not the McDonalds of books like Stephen King, but books that are celebrated for the writing, as well as being actually scary. I read a lot, and I'm really into Russian Lit, and if a book from 1856 can make me care about a murderer and his existential nightmare (Dostoevsky), then certainly there are some books out that will freak me out. Are there many out there that are both good writing as well as scary books? I haven't read Shelley's Frankenstein yet, but I was kind looking for something else first.
6/2/07 2:14 AM
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The Bible
6/2/07 2:47 AM
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Dean Koontz has a way of getting into the mind of evil and making you understand where the seed grows. Check out "False Memories."
6/2/07 9:30 AM
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i thought "the road" by cormac mccarthy was pretty chilling...
6/3/07 5:58 PM
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Dean Koontz? Come on, bro...
6/3/07 6:17 PM
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Too each their own man, I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz. He has a way of bringing characters to startling life, he has a way of showing how evil justifies itself, of how it creates itself. To me, it's chilling.
6/4/07 9:27 PM
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Why waste my time with crap?
6/25/07 11:36 PM
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I like Poe.
7/8/07 4:02 PM
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"The Road" was a great, great book, but it wasn't "scary".
7/10/07 4:47 AM
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hmmm...what qualifies as scary? I don't really know what constitutes a horror book. I 've never read anything by King and I'm not into gore. The bit in "the road" when they go to the basement of the house was, for me, very tense, and a "scary" scene.
7/10/07 5:08 AM
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I second the bible, hell, read the Urantia. I think it's at www.urantia.org, the whole damn thing is on the internet.
8/8/07 7:05 PM
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I second "The Ruins". Best horror book I've read (outside of Brian Keene's stuff) in a long time.
8/10/07 11:15 AM
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Blood Meridian is scarier than The Road but The Road certainly has chilling parts.
10/13/07 12:22 AM
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I found The Road to be boring but the basement seen was creepy.
1/24/08 11:37 PM
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I have to third "The Ruins". I've read a fair amount of horror books, and since I was kid I watched a lot of horror movies, I know, what kind of parents let a kid watch horror movies and have to say I have never really found anything scary but "The Ruins" was pretty unsettling.
1/25/08 10:08 AM
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The Road was scary to me in the fact that I have a young son and would hate to be in a world like that with him. It raised some questions that a father should not be forced to think about.
1/25/08 12:04 PM
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the sailor who fell from grace and into the sea by yukio mishima
1/26/08 11:12 PM
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I know King is the McDonald's of writing (I think even he has said that), but his book "It" is legitimately scary in my opinion. Also Pet Sematary has its moments, along with some of his short stories.
2/7/08 6:30 PM
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"I second "The Ruins". Best horror book I've read..." I read the summary on wiki and it sounded less than stellar. It's a pulp concept, nothing high-grade, imo. I recently saw the trailer for the movie and it looked exactly like I pictured it.
2/9/08 10:35 PM
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" I read the summary on wiki and it sounded less than stellar. It's a pulp concept, nothing high-grade, imo."

Book->Cover->Judge
2/13/08 10:59 PM
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"The Beautiful and Damned"...by F Scott Fitzgerald. No one knows it (cause they all just read the great gatsby) but this novel is like watching a car accident in slow motion. I honestly think a lot of King, Alfred H. stuff is borrowing from this novel. Scary shit and a fucked up ending!
2/18/08 9:22 PM
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I just finished reading the Ruins last week and thought that it was really great. I'd have to say it's probably the scariest book I've read in some time. Hopefully the movie that's coming out in April lives up to it.
2/26/08 10:49 PM
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A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro had one of the eeriest atmospheres I can remember though nothing really crazy happened. It was like reading The Ring or The Grudge.
5/11/08 11:24 AM
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"i read "the ruins" after seeing all the praise it got on here. one of the most boring books ive forced myself through in a while"

I was ready to cut my wrists too. Not a scary book, imo.
5/12/08 11:52 AM
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WIlliam Hope Hodgson is good. Particularly the Carnaki stories and House on the Borderland. It's Edwardian horror.

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