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Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Discussion: What's the Scariest Book You Ever Read?

The Monday Discussion is back after a short hiatus.  Today's discussion is in conjuction with 31 Days of Horror over on RA for All: Horror.

Today marks the middle of October.  We are smack dab in the middle of the time of year when even the timid try out a scary book.  Today I want to know what the scariest book you ever read was.  I would also like to know about any movies or tv shows that freaked you out too.

Feel free to share an experience from when you were a kid too.  I have found that those "scary" memories from horror books or movies that we encountered as children stay with us longer.  In fact, last night, my sister-in-law was sharing a story about how even remembering watching Amityville Horror (the movie) at a birthday party stills scares her. 

In 2010, I went on the record over on Shelf Renewal answering the question this way:
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. It feels so real, like it could actually happen, and even though I do not believe in possession, I can’t shake the feeling that it could be true. That is terrifying. A close second would be Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. This one is scary because of the sense of dread that permeates the book from the start. The tension never lifts and you are in a permanent state of fear and anxiety while reading it, and even long after you finish.”

Last year I also asked this question in a series of Monday Discussions. These links include my answer to each question and the full comments with your responses.
This year I have condensed the multi-week discussion into one.  Even if you particiapted last year, add to this year's discussion.

Here are my new additions to scary stories:
  • Book: The zombie novels of Joe McKinney are terrifyingly realistic, mostly due to the fact that McKinney is a law enforcement officer and disater migration specialist.  He knows exactly how a zombie plagues could spread and destroy civilazation.  I talked about his linked zombie novels at PLA; here is a link.
  • Movies: The Final Destination movies are the most scary I have seen in a long time.  People, you cannot cheat death.  If death wants you, it will get you.  Another thing I have learned form these movies, death is creative.
  • TV Series: Last year's American Horror Story was so great because of how unsettling it was.  Click here to see more about what I had to say last year.  I cannot wait for the new season to begin on Wednesday.
Now it is your turn.  Let me know your favorite scary stories in any format.

For past Monday Discussions, click here.


Mike said...


The Exorcist is the scariest
book I have ever read. Painted
word images that I can stii
imagine today. Scariest movies
would be a three way tie: The
Exorcist, The original Alien
and the original Halloween.

John, Librarian At Dawn said...

The Man With The Candy by Jack Olsen. I wrote a little about it but it was eaten by Blogger (???)

Anonymous said...

"Let the Right One In" by
John Ajvide Lindqvist. A good Swedish vampire story.