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Subject: What book scared you so much you almost couldn't read it?
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 12:37 PM ET
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I am a horror fan, but I am having trouble find any good reads lately. 

Date Posted: 7/23/2011 2:51 PM ET
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The Resort - Bentley Little

Date Posted: 7/23/2011 3:10 PM ET
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I got through it, but the climax of Stephen King's "Gerald's Game" actually made me physically sick!


Date Posted: 7/24/2011 7:24 PM ET
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Not a horror book, but I didn't want to turn out the light:  The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker.  Actually, all 4 of her books kind of had that effect on me.

In Zero at the Bone, the scene in the reptile house when the heroine is trapped in an intentional blackout w/ poisonous snakes slithering around her, it scared the $(#($#) out of me!  (I tend to empathize w/ characters.)

Date Posted: 7/26/2011 4:35 AM ET
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I am not into horror so much, but I just read Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden. The fact that it is a true stroy is extremely disturbing to me. I found it VERY scary. Maybe not scary in a conventional sort of way, but very creepy and sad.

Date Posted: 7/30/2011 1:48 PM ET
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The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule - about Ted Bundy.  Scary because he seemed like such a normal, next door neighbor type of guy when he began killing women.

Date Posted: 7/31/2011 8:34 PM ET
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Rose Madder by Stephen King. Scared me so much I got it out of the house as soon as I was done!

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 6:16 PM ET
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Two come to mind - Legion by William Peter Blatty, (also wrote The Exorcist) and Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (of Silence of the Lambs fame).  Both scared the bejabbers out of me.  There was one by Greg Iles that I couldn't finish, but for the life of me I can't remember the name... wonder why??? LOL

Date Posted: 8/1/2011 7:00 PM ET
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I've yet to read a book that scared me much, let alone to the point of not being able to finish it.  If you're looking for some good, scary reads try

-The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White-Disturbing, gory, and pretty twisted

-The Dwelling by Susie Moloney-Terrific haunted house tale.

-Z1N1: The Zombie Pandemic by Mitchell Layne Cook- Better than average end of the world, zombies take over story.  I bought it with the intention of reading and passing along, but ended up keeping it.

-Grotesque, Out, and Real World all by Natsuo Kirino-Three disturbing books; no supernatural themes, these stories are realistic which makes them all the more scary.

I'd also highly recommend anything by Gord Rollo, R. Patrick Gates, and Jack Ketchum.  If you want something more along the thriller line, check out Pig Island by Mo Hayder.  Honestly, check out anything by Mo Hayder, the woman is brilliant.


Date Posted: 8/2/2011 10:33 PM ET
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For me, many years ago, it was The Shining.  When the heat clicked on, I about went through the roof.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2011 1:01 PM ET
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I had forgotten about GERALD'S GAME by Stephen King. It is the only book that I can remember stopping at a certain place and then returning because my imagination was too great. I had to know what happened. It freaked me out for a while.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2011 5:32 PM ET
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Horror stuff doesn't usually scare me like that but near the end American Psycho had me spooked. It's because it could very easily happen, it was all too real. I was reading it at my grooming shop after hours and I had to go home one night it got me so freaked out.

Date Posted: 8/4/2011 5:36 PM ET
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For me, many years ago, it was The Shining.  When the heat clicked on, I about went through the roof.

I lived alone when I watched that movie on HBO and I kept thinking, 'Pamela, shut the f*#king TV off or you are never going to sleep again!".  I didn't shut it off and eventually I did sleep again, but I will never watch that movie again for sure.....

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 3:03 PM ET
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I second Stephen King's 'The Shining', especially the part where the kid is going into the 'bad' hotel room.

Other ones that scared me was 'Bad Place' by Dean Koontz and 'Still Life with Crows' by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs.  I remember I had to walk the dog alone when I came home, because my husband was gone, and I was afraid to get out of the car.  Walking the dog through dark woods did not improve my state of mind.


Date Posted: 8/5/2011 6:03 PM ET
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Flesh Gothic was the last read that scared me at all.  Read so much horror it does not effect me. Even had a horror publisher recommend me books that might scare me..LOL 2 to go and nothing scared me about of the 10 I read.

Stephen Kings IT was the first book that gave me chills.  None since then, I was hrmm 14 at the time.

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 10:46 PM ET
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I like Stephen King's psychological thrillers (Insomnia, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, Delores Claiborne, Misery, etc.), but I absolutely could not finish Salem's Lot.  I got to the part where the vampire comes out of it's coffin, and I stopped.  And I refuse to even try reading It

Date Posted: 8/6/2011 12:02 PM ET
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The Shining was the scariest book I've ever read.  I happen to own Gerald's Game and can't remember why I stopped reading it years ago.  Definitely going to give it another shot, though, after reading the other posts here.

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Date Posted: 8/7/2011 8:34 AM ET
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It would be hard to call a piece of fiction literally scary, but Gerald's Game was probably the hardest for me to finish.  It's not as scary as just...awful.

Date Posted: 8/7/2011 2:13 PM ET
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Matt, I agree about Gerald's Game being horrible.  I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but Gerald's Game was a real stinker, IMHO.

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Date Posted: 8/7/2011 4:29 PM ET
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I'm not saying I didn't like Gerald's Game, just that it was hard for me to read.  In fact for descriptive cringe-factor, I'd say it was brilliant.

Date Posted: 8/8/2011 11:31 AM ET
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Pet Cemetary by Stephen King.  I was a teenager when I read it and it freaked me out in a big way! Indian burial grounds; creepy!

Date Posted: 8/17/2011 4:20 PM ET
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The best horror novel I have read recently is Infected by Scott Sigler. It reminds me of early Stephen King in that the author is able to create a fantastic sense of immediacy and presence in the story (so, gets an A+ for writing technique and skill). And it is horribly horrible. And really good.

I recommend knowing as little as possible about the book before you read it .... I knew nothing about it, and not having any idea of what was coming heightened my enjoyment of it a lot!

As soon as I finished it I made my husband read it, too (and he is picky, he only reads maybe 10 books in a year) and he loved it just like I did. Then we made our sister-in-law read it ... but she took it home with her so we can't make anyone else read it right now....

There is a second book that follows (Contagious) which is also really good, but I enjoyed it slightly less than the first, mostly because I knew what the horror was, since they figure it out in the first book. But it was still a really good book, too.

And Scott Sigler went to the top of my "buy books new at the bookstore" list.

Date Posted: 8/26/2011 12:00 PM ET
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I rarely read real horror, becus I get too scared :)   

But back when Ann Rice was doing her vampire stories, I was reading the first Mayfair witch book.

We were on vacation in New Orleans, staying in a very old house in the Garden district, and it was 2 a.m. I was up reading and a terrible lightnng and thuderstorm came up at a particularly vivid part of the book.  THAT was scary!

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Date Posted: 9/18/2011 6:16 PM ET
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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I don't think I actually even finished it....but I don't have a high tolerance of scariness:)

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Date Posted: 9/20/2011 9:50 AM ET
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This book by Shane Stevens was the only book I've ever had to put down and not read straight through to the end. It was one of those psychological horror books I just couldn't put down and at some point I became so engrossed in it, it seemed like a true crime story that had actually taken place. Read this years ago and it remains one of my my all time favorite reads to this day.