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1/6/13 11:08 AM
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So the title says it all, can anyone give me some good recommendations for some scary horror books? I'm not bothered what other genre they are - fantasy, fiction, alternate history, etc, as long as they're good.

One thing i will say is that i'd like a real horror, where the monsters are actually monsters. Not the new emo type stuff where the monsters are really misunderstood, and we get to see the "real" creature inside the myth, etc, etc.
1/13/13 9:38 PM
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Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
1/13/13 10:22 PM
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Cool, can you give a brief synopsis?
1/13/13 10:34 PM
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Set in Elm Haven, Illinois, in 1960, Summer of Night recounts its five pre-teen protagonists’ discovery that eerie, terrifying events are unfolding in the Old Central School. Operatives, including a dead soldier; giant worms with rows of sharp, serrated teeth; the animated corpse of a deceased teacher; schoolyard bullies; the driver of a rendering truck; their school teacher, and the principal of the school, serve a centuries-old evil that seeks to be reborn in their time—and in their town. It is only by banding together that the pre-teens can hope to defeat the monstrosity before it destroys them, their friends, their families—and, possibly, the world.
2/4/13 2:45 PM
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Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian.

Modern take on the Dracula tale. Girl discovers her father is investigating the roots of the mythological Dracula, some scary sh*t goes down.

2/5/13 11:36 AM
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Thanks, i'll have a look.
2/12/13 7:01 PM
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hybridfc - 

Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian.

Modern take on the Dracula tale. Girl discovers her father is investigating the roots of the mythological Dracula, some scary sh*t goes down.


Just read about The Historian and it sounds awesome. Thanks for the heads up!

The one that I am recommending is a split between horror and fantasy called "Something Red".

-During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible.

The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated--or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters-- shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights--where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.
2/13/13 7:09 AM
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MrMead - 
hybridfc - 

Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian.

Modern take on the Dracula tale. Girl discovers her father is investigating the roots of the mythological Dracula, some scary sh*t goes down.


Just read about The Historian and it sounds awesome. Thanks for the heads up!

The one that I am recommending is a split between horror and fantasy called "Something Red".

-During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible.

The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated--or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters-- shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights--where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.

Sounds good as well, i'll have a looksie on amazon. Cheers. :)
2/20/13 12:59 AM
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The keep. by f.paul wilson was a pretty good read.
1/18/14 7:16 PM
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The Books of blood by Clive Barker. They are short stories about demons monsters and all things that go bump in the night.. Stephen king said Barker gives him nightmares LOL
1/19/14 1:13 PM
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GrendelX - The Books of blood by Clive Barker. They are short stories about demons monsters and all things that go bump in the night.. Stephen king said Barker gives him nightmares LOL

Nice, i'll have a looksie.
1/29/15 9:32 PM
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I second Summer of Night, Dan Simmons wrote some good creepy stuff. Have you read the Decent by Jeff Long, actually anything he wrote is worth a read in my opinion, except he stopped writing and disappeared like eight years ago. The Ritual by Adam Nevill was good too,creeped the hell out of me, but its kind of out there.