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Old 11-05-2011, 05:32 PM   #46
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I have always found that virus outbreak fiction or non-fiction has given me the chills.
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:08 PM   #47
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One of my very favorite books by Stephen King is Night Shift, which is a collection of stories. The last one is one you don't want to read while you are alone at night in the dark. Of course that is exactly what I was when I read it. LOL! No one knows how to set up a scene and get your heart pounding like King. It is a page turner, one best left for when you are traveling because you go from story to story so quickly it will make the time pass quickly when traveling. His other books like the Bachman Books are nice for curling up in an easy chair next to the fire or stereo.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:59 PM   #48
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Thumbs up fav haunted house book

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Old 11-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #49
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I have just finished reading "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters and was glad I did it in daylight rather than late at night! Brilliant at many levels - it was on the short list for the Man Booker in 2009.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:30 PM   #50
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:52 AM   #51
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I have just finished reading "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters and was glad I did it in daylight rather than late at night! Brilliant at many levels - it was on the short list for the Man Booker in 2009.
Ooo thanks. TBR ever growing.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:33 AM   #52
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Ooo thanks. TBR ever growing.
Ditto!
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:56 AM   #53
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If I can make a distinction, I think suspense is far greater to read than pure horror.

I feel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is a good example of suspense writing. The combination of the pirates hijacking a vessel, almost dying in the hold as a stowaway, stuck starving on a boat that is half sinking in the ocean, and cannibalism really kept me interested in reading to see what Poe could come up with next. It was just so good. I just wish Poe would have written more novels but he died young.

The sequel by Verne was not in the same league and I would not recommend it.

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Old 11-24-2011, 04:41 PM   #54
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If I can make a distinction, I think suspense is far greater to read than pure horror.
Yes I agree, and "The Little Stranger" is a story of mounting and disquieting suspense rather than horror.

Now I have just finished reading "We Must Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver, and can't stop thinking about it. Brilliantly done, with the feeling of dread mounting ever higher.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:17 PM   #55
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Speaking of the The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. I read of a strange coincidence between that book, and the real life shipwreck of the Mignonette that happened some 50 years after the novel was written. The name of the person eaten after the Mignonoette shipwreck was a cabin boy named Richard Parker. I believe that that was the same name of the character eaten in the book. I wonder what the odds are on that happening.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:21 AM   #56
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You all might want to take a look at this thread, which focuses Hubble-sharp on fear, rather than disgust, as the core principle of great horror. Some fabulous recommendations too:

http://www.teemingbrain.com/2013/01/...hat-horrifies/

For my money, Charlie Stross's "A Colder War" is the most chilling modern horror story I've read - widely available free on the Web at that. T.E.D. Klein's "The Events at Poroth Farm" runs it a close second.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:29 AM   #57
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Nightstone by Rick Hautala. When I was done with it I let my cousin borrow it and she read it late at night alone in the house. I don't think she's forgotten it yet or forgiven me for it, she was that freaked out.

Unfortunately it's not yet in ebook format, but he has a new publisher and it could be finished in around 6 months or so. I've re-read it at least 3x, I'm waiting for the 4th time to be on my ereader.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:11 AM   #58
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Hmmm.... could I copy/paste this entire thread into a post in the "books you couldn't pay me to read" thread? I hate to be scared!
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:11 PM   #59
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I read Thomas Tryon's The Other which is high on the creepy factor - although it's a slow build.
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