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Old 10-28-2011, 09:54 PM   #31
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Ray Bradbury's "The Town Where No One Got Off"
That DOES sound scary.

Everyone must be super uptight all the time.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:42 PM   #32
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I recommend any of H.P Lovecraft's compendiums that include my favorite scary story called "The Dreams in the Witch House"....
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My absolute favorite Lovecraft story!
Sounds interesting. I'll make it my Halloween treat.
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:18 AM   #33
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For those interested, it seems that Recordings from the House of Leaves can be listened to also by non-UK residents. Iirc the program will be available to listen to for 6 or 7 days.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:18 AM   #34
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I want to throw in anything by F. Paul Wilson.
Read "buckets" for a halloween-themed short story.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:38 AM   #35
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Not books, but a couple of short stories that made an 'impression' on me.

Poe! - The Pit and the Pendulum
The Tell-Tale Heart

Kafka - In the Penal Colony

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Old 10-29-2011, 08:52 AM   #36
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Another Harlan Ellison Shattered Like A Glass Goblin.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:58 PM   #37
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Not books, but a couple of short stories that made an 'impression' on me.

Poe! - The Pit and the Pendulum
The Tell-Tale Heart

Kafka - In the Penal Colony


And, du Maurier's The Birds.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:37 PM   #38
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Not books, but a couple of short stories that made an 'impression' on me.

Poe! - The Pit and the Pendulum
The Tell-Tale Heart

Kafka - In the Penal Colony
Speaking of Poe—although not a story, his poem "The Raven" is a true masterpiece of the macabre.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:46 PM   #39
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And my favorite is Annabel Lee!
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/annabel-lee/
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:52 PM   #40
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Another chilling and killing great poem, as is the tintinnabulation of The Bells!
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:17 PM   #41
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You can skim a lot of the footnotes; since the book mimes an academic work in some sections they're often entirely technical and have no relevance to the plot(s). Other times they are a sort of diary of a madman, so they are intentionally obscure. I read them all the first time through and on subsequent reads skim what I know to be superfluous.

It's not as dense as it looks -- some of it is just gimmicks honestly -- but I can't recommend it enough. I hope you give a try soon
Thanks for replying about the footnotes. I think they are the part that daunts me most.
I don't mind footnotes as such, but when they're huge ( A la Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell ) I find it hard to concentrate on them.

I'll move it up my reading stack and give it a try soon.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #42
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It's been 10 years since I've read it but I seem to remember the footnotes being as good or better than the main pages and that much of the plot moves forward in the footnotes.
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Ihave to admitThe Amityville Horror is easily one of the scariest books I havve ever read. The fact that is supposed. To be a true story and also the fact that we have driven past the property numerous times makes it all the more eerie.
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There were scenes in Stephen King's Bag of Bones and Lisey's Story that I still remember creeping me out.
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Seconded!

I got the book from a charity shop when I was 18. It scared the heck out of me. I might even give it a re-read.
I remember reading it in bed by candlelight, it made it even more atmospheric.
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