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Subject: What is the most disturbing book you've read?
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:25 AM ET
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I'm a variety  reader and I have read some pretty crazy things.  I was looking forward to reading American Psycho, and I did.  Why did I finish it ?  I don't know, I just couldn't put it down although it was making me sick! hehhe So I finished it, will never read it again. Does anyone else have a book that they read that really disturbed them ?

 

Have a wonderful day!   ~Heather



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Date Posted: 8/22/2008 10:48 AM ET
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I'm not completely certain why but I had nightmares for weeks after reading the book "Silkwood" (I've forgotten the author) when I was twenty or so. I was horrified that someone could be (allegedly) murdered for trying to make things right. Yes, yes...I was young and idealistic!!
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:25 AM ET
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Heather, give The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum or Survivor by JF Gonzalez a try.  GND is based on a true story (and there is a movie of it out now), and Survivor is a bit over the top like American Psycho.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:45 AM ET
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The Girl Next Door and Survivor are also high on my list, but for some reason the book that freaked me out - meaning I literally had bad dreams after reading it - worse than anything else I've read was Pet Sematary.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 12:07 PM ET
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Silence of the Lambs.   I am not sure why but that book freaked me out big time and yet I couldn't stop reading it.  I remember throwing it across the room several times, when it got too scary.   I've NEVER done that before or after with a book.        NO - I didn't see the movies and wouldn't even look at the previews of them.         Shiver

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:05 PM ET
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Can't say it's all-time numero uno, but S. Moore's IN THE CUT is grim, grimmer, grimmest.
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Listening to Phillip Pullman's Golden Compass trilogy. Reading was not so bad. In fact,I had to read them to wipe out the chill from listening. Harris & King don't bug me. I can read true crime and about autopsies while I am eating, but I found this creepy. When  I was a child, Treasure Island and The Fly really bothered me. Anyhting with zombies or rats or mice (unless the rats/mice speak and wear clothes.)

The Presidential elections really creep me out and give me nightmares.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:29 PM ET
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I have to agree with you on the GIRL NEXT DOOR.. What makes it so disturbing is that it is based on a true story. I had a real hard time getting through that book. I havent read the  book HOUSE OF EVIL which is  the true story of the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens. Who the girl next door is based on.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:35 PM ET
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I've read several thoughout my life and I have to say I usually avoid anything that will be disturbing because I really do disturb easily! especially with movies.

The Color Purple - Alice Walker - real eye opener and parts really disturbed me in how the woman was treated. however glad I read it.

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan - another one I'm glad I read but the stories were disturbing a bit again because like the Color Purple I believe they're too real and probably happened to someone.or more than several someones...

Intensity-Dean Koontz- this one one I never should have read, knew I should have put down the minute I started, yet was 'stuck' reading it the whole way through totally fascinated and not knowing why...

high school - Lord of the Flies, 1984 a very close 2nd

jr high - Where the Red Fern Grows

elementary - Sounder, had to watch Old  Yeller - what the heck is it about forcing us little kiddos to watch and read about doggies dying???arghhh!

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:40 PM ET
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I had no Idea  when I got it from the Library it would be like that. Theres no way I could watch the movie.

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Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:05 PM ET
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I did not finish either book but...

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs - Graphic pedophilia was a bit much, especially when I found out he made it up.

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King - No spoilers, but one scene made me physically ill, and I am usually not bothered by anything.

I wish I could remember the title, but the scariest story I ever read was a short story by Joe Haldeman...I read it in a couple of different collections.  It is a great story...but disturbing.

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Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:20 PM ET
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In Cold Blood when I was a teenager. Scared me silly. It probably wouldn't bother me as much now, but I was too young and naive for it when I read it.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:30 PM ET
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Wow these are some great responses!  I have read many of those books, and I can relate!  Crazy how we get into reading something that we want to put down and get away from but we JUST CAN'T DO IT!  A few books I was like ...Why!  Why can't I put it down! WHy can't I just get it out of here without finishing it!  ahahahah like we are breaking some silent code ...that we MUST finish the book!  hahahaha

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 2:32 PM ET
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The Amityville Horror.  I read it when I was too young, I think, because the part about the priest's hands burning gives me chills to this day.  And that was just a minor occurance in the book.  Too scary!

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 3:18 PM ET
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The Exorist really scared me, but I finished. The book was much scarier than movie.  Communion by Whitely Streiber scared me so bad I couldn't finish it.  It was about UFO's & aliens and was presented as a true story.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 3:35 PM ET
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Green Mile by Stephen King (I saw the movie and listened to it on tape).  It was great on tape but creepy.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 7:10 PM ET
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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs - Graphic pedophilia was a bit much, especially when I found out he made it up.

That was the first book that came to my mind, too. I didn't know he'd made it up, but I can't say I'm surprised.

I don't let myself read creepy/graphic/gross books any more, they're not good for my anxiety! But I remember reading a true crime book in my early 20's about a girl who was kidnapped, tortured, raped, and brutally murdered and it disturbed me for YEARS. No more of that stuff for me!

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 8:24 PM ET
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Oh, and I forgot one I tried this summer and couldn't finish. Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up. Voyeurs. Really, really creepy voyeur masturbating. All kinds of voyeurism and other assorted nasty and unpleasant people. I was whining so much about it my 10 suggested I put id down and go read about some nice murders to cheer me up.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 9:49 PM ET
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Heather, that's wild that you picked American Psycho, when I read the subject line this book immediately came to mind. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:07 PM ET
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When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase

I read this book many years ago and I couldn't imagine living that woman's life.

Date Posted: 8/22/2008 11:09 PM ET
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This is going to sound weird, maybe, but To See You Again made me actually angry enough to start yelling at the book. 

 Again, no spoilers, but there's something you find out right near the end that's kind of a shock, especially since it's a true story.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:09 AM ET
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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.  The rabbit scenes were enough to cure me.  Probably one of the worst books I have ever read, not because of the gore, but because it's just plain stupid.

 

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:27 AM ET
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When Rabbit Howls is theother one I was trying to think og! I bought this then thought 'nope better not read it' but I'm still tempted for some crazy reason..I remember seeing it discussed on tv a long long time ago...

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 6:51 AM ET
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Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs - Graphic pedophilia was a bit much, especially when I found out he made it up.

It remains unclear if AB really embellished his memoir or not - the psychiatrist and his family took him to court saying he "may have" fabricated events and conversations.  AB has stood firm on this, and the lawsuit was settled such that RWS can still be labeled a memoir.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusten_Burroughs

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 7:29 AM ET
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It remains unclear if AB really embellished his memoir or not - the psychiatrist and his family took him to court saying he "may have" fabricated events and conversations.  AB has stood firm on this, and the lawsuit was settled such that RWS can still be labeled a memoir.

I have followed the lawsuits in the papers.  The one pedophile character is a complete fabrication, and the family is still there in MA - well known and respected. 

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