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EXTREMELY scary book recommendations!

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1JSnapke
maaliskuu 13, 2011, 6:01 pm

I am looking for a recommendation for a book, preferably a haunted house book, that will scare the pants off me. I just finished The House of Lost Souls, by Cottam and was a bit disappointed (good story, not scary enough). I'm currently reading The Haunting of Hill House, but am not very far into it. Looking for my next read! Please help!

2cdhtenn2k10
maaliskuu 13, 2011, 8:24 pm

Try Prey by Graham Masterton.

3jseger9000
maaliskuu 14, 2011, 12:15 am

I don't find haunted house stories to be scary. I don't know why, since haunted house movies can be very scary.

Have you read The Shining?

4jseger9000
maaliskuu 14, 2011, 12:32 am

Wow, looking at your collection, you do like haunted houses don't you?

A couple of classics you might want to look into: Hell House (I didn't like it at all, but a lot of people do), Burnt Offerings and The House Next Door

For non-classics, I liked one called The Sentinel, though I'm not sure if that is exactly a haunted house story. There's Haunted by James Herbert (again, I didn't like it, but others do). Douglas Clegg has a series of stand-alone books about a haunted house: Nightmare House, Mischief, The Uninvited and The Abandoned.

Aside from Graham Masterton's Prey (mentioned above), there's also The House That Jack Built.

There's a bunch more, but I don't want to bog you down. Most of these I've mentioned I haven't read myself.

5quartzite
Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 14, 2011, 11:17 am

Not horror per se, but I always found And Then There Were None very scary. and it does take place in a large isolated house.

not sure why touchstone is not showing up --it looks like its working until it publishes.

6pgmcc
maaliskuu 14, 2011, 11:18 am

I didn't find the movie scary, but the book of The Exorcist had me pulling the blankets round me and reaching for the crucifix, which is quite traumatic as you have to expose your outstretched arm to all the evil around you!

7BruceCoulson
maaliskuu 14, 2011, 2:20 pm

The Edge of Running Water by William Sloane.

Although not a novel, The Colour out of Space takes place in an isolated farmhouse.

8bibliobeck
maaliskuu 14, 2011, 6:45 pm

Waving the banner for Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe... again! Scary stuff!

9Widget50plus
maaliskuu 15, 2011, 8:29 am

Have you read Barbara Erskine's book, House of Echoes, you certainly would not want to turn your light off after reading a few chapters of that. It is about a family called the Grants who move into a medieval house in Essex, Joss has inherited from her real mother, having been adopted by another family because her natural mother was fearful for her daughter's life as she had already lost two male children. Has connections with Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses with witchcraft involved. Published by Harper CollinsPaper Back

10Booksloth
maaliskuu 15, 2011, 8:32 am

It's many years since any ghost book actually scared me so I have to nominate the ones that were simply really enjoyable reads anyway - and leave it up to you to decide whether to be scared or not. I'd second Burnt Offerings (with thanks to jseger9000 for reminding me of its title which has escaped me for years) and throw in The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons, which has to be the classic 'haunted house' book. Not quite a haunted house - more of a haunted shack, but you might also want to try Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, which has come closer to scaring me than anything else in the past 20-30 years.

Some great suggestions can also be found in Stephen King's Danse Macabre which is a non-fiction book that talks about horror in other books (plus film, TV etc). It's getting on in years a bit so there won't be any very modern ones there but it lists pretty much all the classics worth listing. And speaking of classics, how about The Turn of the Screw?

11SJaneDoe
maaliskuu 15, 2011, 8:52 am

I love haunted house stories, so I'm glad you started this thread.

>8 bibliobeck:, lol, I was going to recommend that, too, but I'm starting to worry people will think I'm his Official Spokesperson.

Anyway, Stir of Echoes is a good one.

12jseger9000
maaliskuu 15, 2011, 9:26 am

#11 - How was Stir of Echoes overall? I have the book, but I enjoyed the movie a lot and had heard that it was one of those rare cases where the movie outdid the book.

Since this was another ghost story by Richard Matheson (an author I generally like) whose other ghost story book is Hell House (a book I didn't like at all), I've been nervous about giving Stir of Echoes a shot. (Now that is a confusing sentence!)

13SJaneDoe
maaliskuu 15, 2011, 3:42 pm

#12, I remember liking it quite a bit, but I read the book before seeing the movie. Actually, I'm pretty sure I've never even seen the movie all the way through. (I have a bit of a hard time with Kevin Bacon. :P) I don't know if I can even make a comparison, since they made some odd changes with the movie--like, why rename half the characters?

Overall I'd say it isn't his best, but it definitely isn't his worst ... depends which of his books you like, I guess. I wasn't too thrilled with Hell House either, if that helps you any.

14JSnapke
maaliskuu 18, 2011, 4:24 pm

Thanks for all the recommendations! I definitely have some of the books mentioned in mind, as I've looked through the LT "haunted house" book lists quite a bit and many of those are in there. It's nice to get some personal information about them thought. I think I might give Stir of Echos a try. And I actually wanted to get Hell House over The Haunting of Hill House (which is what I'm reading now), but my library would have had to get it from somewhere else and I didn't feel like waiting!

Thanks again and keep 'em coming! :)

15mysticskeptic
Muokkaaja: syyskuu 12, 2017, 3:26 pm

16SJaneDoe
maaliskuu 19, 2011, 8:18 am

Oh yeah, I forgot about Sweetheart, Sweetheart! That was a good one, too.

17ScribbleScribe
Muokkaaja: marraskuu 29, 2011, 9:29 pm

I just read the exorcist I am scared now lol...

18pgmcc
marraskuu 30, 2011, 4:51 am

#17 Boo!

19ScribbleScribe
joulukuu 1, 2011, 10:26 am

#18 Eek!

20gryeates
joulukuu 12, 2011, 3:53 pm

You might want to try The House by Bentley Little.

21StefanY
tammikuu 4, 2012, 2:16 pm

Another classic that hasn't been mentioned yet: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a really well written book. While I didn't find it to be particularly scary, it is pretty spooky and entertaining.

22BeastieMom
tammikuu 4, 2012, 4:21 pm

You might try Urban Gothic by Brian Keene. It was a little uneven so, despite how much I like Brian Keene, I only gave it 3-1/2 stars but it made my skin crawl and gives me shivers just thinking about it!

23Azeryk
tammikuu 4, 2012, 4:27 pm

BeastieMom - Towards the end of 2012 (hopefully) will be the sequel to Urban Gothic - called Suburban Gothic :)

24StefanY
tammikuu 4, 2012, 5:36 pm

Oh, it's not entirely haunted house related (although there are some good haunted house elements/moments) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill was very, very scary.

25jseger9000
tammikuu 6, 2012, 4:35 pm

#24 - That title always makes me think of the Nirvana song. Great. Now that song will be stuck in my head for the next hour or so...

26gothic_cowgirl
helmikuu 13, 2012, 12:47 am

The Edge of Running Water: Yes! Though it's a bit esoteric for some tastes.

27Booksloth
helmikuu 13, 2012, 6:00 am

The Edge of Running Water (touchstone fairy)

28Phlox72
helmikuu 16, 2012, 8:21 pm

I found The Edge of Running Water to be a good read - but not scary :(. Hardly any books scare me these days.

29arthurtheorange
huhtikuu 5, 2012, 12:12 am

30Hezba
maaliskuu 17, 2013, 4:58 am

Has anyone read "The Faceless" by Simon Bestwick?

The concept sounds great, and I really want to take the plunge, but....I read the first couple of pages on Amazon and there was enough British slang (or at least what I think is slang) to throw me off. But, if the book is good, I don't mind looking up a few terms or simply passing them over.

What I want to know is: is it worth it?