Properly scary books
Disturbia in the UK (Tobias K Phipps) is a nice collection of short stories.
Some are stronger than others as is often the case but overall well worth the entrance fee.
If you’ve never read Royals Roald Dahl’s short stories for adults then you’re in for a treat. They’re dark and twisted.Posted 7 months agoMalvern RiderMember
Don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has ‘scared’ me. Creepy, most definitely.
+1 MR James, especially ‘O Whistle and I’ll Come To You’, ‘A Warning To The Curious’ and ‘View From A Hill’
For me the master of creeping fear is Algernon Blackwood, notably the short story – ‘The Willows’
I did enjoy Dark Matter, but was a little disappointed only as it was talked up so much in reviews. But a noble effort, well-paced and read authentically re the period setting. IMO.
*Edit – and ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ – Shirley JacksonPosted 7 months agomattyfezMember
James Herbert’s rats series though was brilliant.
In the world of media and modern technology, nothings going to be as scary as what people do to each other, just put the news on, or watch prime ministers questions.
That scares the shit out of me more than any book. And I’ve read a few.Posted 7 months agoGarry_LagerMember
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski is properly scary, not James Herbert / Stephen King scary but really scary.
It’s not necessarily properly good – it’s a first novel that tries to weave two stories together in quite an ambitious way and misses by a mile, IMHO. But the haunted house story is legit and quite original – a real frightener.Posted 7 months agodarrenspinkSubscriber
The shining is pretty intense. Much better than the film. Actually thought The fear series by charlie brooker were brilliant even if they are for a young adult audience. Can’t say I’ve read any more horror since since when I was a lad looking for those for odd few pages of titillation in James herbert books.Posted 7 months agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
I know you’ve said not Herbert or King but there’s a lot of variety in their books in terms of levels and type of menace.
I’ve read a few of both authors’ books and the following stand out as creepier than average.
King – Desperation.
Herbert – The Dark or Others
Partly I think what’s scary is down to your own sensitivities, beliefs and fears. So what works for me might not work for someone else.Posted 7 months agogreatbeardedoneMember
Thanks for the link to the pan horrors.
Didn’t the ‘hammer house of horror’ release a series of books, much like the pan ones.
I vaguely recall buying one branded ‘hammer horror’, with a picture of a dolls face, protruding incisors and peeling, milky-white skin on the cover.
The stories were a bit too disturbing for a ten year-old. but the first one was about some bloke spying on the girl downstairs who, as it turns out, was not remotely human.
The second one involved a guy being tied down by some miniature toys which came alive at night.
I’ve tried to hunt that book down, to no avail.Posted 7 months agoIvanDobskiMember
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Some of Dean Koontz earlier work was scary (for me anyway). Winters Moon in particular freaked me out. Then all his novels started to contain magic labradors for some reason.
I believe he caught religion and decided to shoehorn a jesus saviour reference into everything.Posted 7 months ago
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