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Old 10-28-2010, 12:48 PM
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Well, what with Halloween coming up and all (though Home Depot and WalMart might disagree, as they seem to think Christmas is almost here...not a bit of Halloween in site.), I felt a thread for somewhat spooky/creepy/scary/whatever suggestions might be warranted. (then again, maybe not. ~shrug~)

The only suggestion I have at the moment is a short little thing called "The Enigma of Amigara Fault". Only 36 pages, (read right-to-left) so it can be read easily in one sitting. (People with Claustrophobia or Nyctophobia might want to avoid it, though.

And not literature, but I would also recommend Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Condemned: Criminal Origins (and the sequel) for those who like to game.

Anyone else got any suggestions? (Doesn't have to be manga or video games...can be actual novels/literature too ...I just personally haven't read any horror/suspense/thriller/creepy novels recently myself.)
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I think for decent horror fiction, it is necessary to turn to the classics; Dracula, Frankenstein, Chtulthu, et al. Stephen King's early work should probably be on the list -- I can't say about his later works because I gave up reading Stpehen King to avoid a problem with nightmares.

For movies, Hitchcock's work can't be beaten, but the original silent version of 'Dracula,' Nosferatu is a truly creepy film (with the right music.)
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King's later works got really derivative.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc7ZaZz4CoU

Lovecraft's great for scary. Some of Thomas Ligotti's stuff is creepy as hell.

http://www.ligotti.net/

When I worked at a bookstore I would always push "Nightmare Factory" around Halloween time. It's a bunch of Ligotti's short stories illustrated by graphic novel artists.

As far as movies go, I think the J-pop trend of "technophobia" horror flicks about high-tech gadgets acting as mediums for ghosts and demons are some of the scariest stuff that's been made recently. (Not the America remakes, which are almost universally god-awful). One Missed Call, Ju-on (the Grudge), Ringu, all that stuff. Much better than the standard US horror flick, which tends to be about lots of fake blood and loud noises and amounts to the cinematic equivalent of someone jumping out and shouting "boo!" (ie startling, but not actually scary). If you're looking for good American horror cinema, check out some of John Carpenter's earlier stuff. The Thing is fantastic, as is his homage to Lovecraft, In the Mouth of Madness.
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Peter Straub's Ghost Story is all I've got. Maybe some Egdar Allan Poe?
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the second book in dan well's serial killer trilogy was amazingly scary. There was a toture mansion that had the most twisted setup ever concieved
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the second book in dan well's serial killer trilogy was amazingly scary. There was a toture mansion that had the most twisted setup ever concieved
Sounds way too similar to torture porn like Saw and its ilk for my tastes...

Thanks for everyone's suggestions

As an aside, I found something undeniably creepy: The Slender Man

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Hmm. Well, you like manga and anime, so Shiki should be towards the top of your list. Inspired by the Steven King novel 'Salem's Lot, it is about vampires moving to a town, cutting off exits, and then flat out taking over.

Stephen King himself is irregular, and that is his entire career rather than early or late. Some of his books are superb. Some are mediocre. If you want a list either way... well, there is always debate.

Then there is House of Leaves. Which is perhaps one of the most disturbing books/stories/media I have ever read. If it works on you (and the more your mind tends towards complexity and puzzles, the more likely it will work on you) it will frighten you. Um, one online description of it is as follows:

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Okay, imagine that this family is moving into a new house to jump-start their lives together. Will Navidson's a world-renowned photojournalist with lingering family issues, Karen Green is a former model with self-esteem issues, and Chad and Daisy are their two lovable children. Will decides to make this move-in a documentary of how he got his life back on track, and he mounts video cameras and microphones in different rooms of the house. About a month after they move in, the family goes to visit Karen's parents. When they return, there's a new addition to the house, a closet with a connecting doorway, between the master bedroom and Chad and Daisy's room. Furthermore, out of curiosity, Will measures the inside of the house compared with the outside to find out something startling: the inside is bigger than the outside by one quarter of an inch...

Hold on, that's not what this book is about at all. The Navidson Record is a recently-released documentary-style horror film with the plot described above, somewhat in the style of The Blair Witch Project, which opens to wide acclaim. It spurs countless theses and criticisms from academia, both for its moving themes and character studies but also for the perplexing riddle of the house and what it truly represents. Is it a throw-back to ancient customs? Perhaps the house is a Derrida-esque deconstruction of religion? Does the house, in fact, represent a vagina? A Portuguese(?) man named Zampano assembles these criticisms and writes what is considered a top-notch commentary on the film and how it explores deep symbolic themes of family, tragedy, echoes, and the perceptual confusion and terror of labyrinths...

Wait, that's not right either. In fact, it's about what happens when one night, Johnny Truant and his friend Lude check out the apartment of a recently-deceased neighbor. Inside, they find the apartment has had all of its windows painted black with curtains hung over them to conceal all light, and the floor is literally crisscrossed with taped-down measuring tapes. Several parts of the room seem to have been destroyed by an incredibly strong man or some large creature. Inside, Truant finds the disheveled remains of a complex manuscript (the critical novel written by Zampano) and slowly begins to piece it together, but as he does so, the world he used to know becomes infinitely more frightening...

No, no, that's still not quite hitting the core of this book. Okay, the real story is about Pelafina H. Lievre, a woman who is locked up inside the Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a mental institution. She is the mother of a lovely boy named Johnny, and she's being treated for having hallucinations and breaks from reality that caused her to harm poor Johnny. Her only love in life anymore since the death of her poor husband is her son, and she writes him a series of letters expressing regret over her past actions. In the correspondence between them, she stresses that he is a brilliant child, and that if he puts his mind to it he can achieve anything. These letters grow more and more disturbing over time as her mind begins to break down...

Wait, no, that's still not right. Okay, you're interested in what House of Leaves is about, right? Well, this book is about that point directly behind your head. Don't look.◊Ω Don't take your eyes off this page, off the safe glow of the monitor, the comforting shapes of the letters making up this sentence. This is safe. What's behind you isn't. Keep reading these words. If you stop to look behind you, I can't guarantee you'll come out of this ordeal alive, much less sane. Pretty soon you might find yourself doubting what is real and what isn't. Pretty soon you might start to have the nightmares. One day you'll wake up to find yourself an emaciated wreck who can't trust space and time anymore. Whether something is real or not doesn't matter here; the consequences are the same. What you need to realize is that this is not for you.
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Or, a quote from the book itself:
"Or in other words: shy from the sky. No answer lies there. It cannot care, especially for what it no longer knows. Treat that place as a thing unto itself, independent of all else, and confront it on those terms. You alone must find the way. No one else can help you. Every way is different. And if you do lose yourself at least take solace in the absolute certainty that you will perish."

That one, I highly recommend.
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I, erm...I am afraid to read that. But holy shit do I want to read that. O_O

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Notably, this is a book that actually scared me with a digression.

Come on. You know you want to read it.

Note: This is not for you.

It's not a threat. It is not a promise. It is the book's dedication page.
It's a warning.
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I didn't like the book Dracula. I thought it was really kinda boring.

I've been meaning to get to House of Leaves, but I haven't read it yet.
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Firseal stole my answer.

But that book stole a part of my soul. So it balances out.
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I guess its a little past Halloween now, but if anyone's still interested, I'll suggest The Haunting of Hill House by Shirely Jackson, which I read in the early of Halloween after it having been suggested to me by a friend who had just read it. My friend thought the book was extremely frightening. I didn't personally but thats because I found out to my chagrin it was eerily similar to a story I had been working on, which was majorly discouraging. My girlfriend is reading it now, and she's normally easily frightened (at least by movies) and she hasn't found it scary just yet.

It is more a terror novel than horror, it relies much more on suspense and anticipation than any actual occurrences. So maybe that is why I have heard conflicting views on its fright factor. Nonetheless it is interesting if not truly spooky and its a quick read. I got through it under 3 hours while I was working so it shouldn't take anyone much time.
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it's a little late, but spooky's always good. please get the graveyard book on audio. i've had to get almost a dozen new copies for myself because nobody ever gives them back when i loan them out.
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