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Title: Scariest book/ghost story you've ever read
Post by: Amalthea on October 02, 2012, 02:35:29 AM
Japanese Halloween is way too cutesy.  I need some scary.  Help?
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Post by: MindsEye on October 02, 2012, 05:44:22 AM
What about the classics?

If you like eldrich horror - try Lovecraft
If you like vampires - Carmilla, Dracula, Varney the Vampira... (NOT Twilight)
If you like bargains with the Devil - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Post by: MariaE on October 02, 2012, 05:59:39 AM
Top Ten Halloween Reads (http://kiwiria.livejournal.com/657610.html) :)
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Post by: Solanna Dryden on October 02, 2012, 06:39:47 AM
When I was a kid I had this book:

http://www.amazon.ca/Phone-Call-Ghost-Strange-America/dp/0671682423/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349177902&sr=1-5

For a kid's book, it was pretty freaking scary! I think even now as an adult I'd find it scary! And the one about the "thing" in the back bedroom, with that picture...*shudder*
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Post by: BarensMom on October 02, 2012, 09:42:03 AM
Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" scared the bejeebers out of me as a kid.  Both the book and the movie still have the power to unsettle me.

"The Shining" is another book that I'm not comfortable rereading.  Kubrick's movie made a mockery of the true creepiness of the book.
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Post by: Two Ravens on October 02, 2012, 09:47:25 AM
"The Colour out of Space" by Lovecraft freaked me right out, and I was in college when I read it.
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Post by: JenJay on October 02, 2012, 09:52:00 AM
The Shining (the book, not the movie). I had to read it in little chunks so I could sleep at night.
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Post by: Shoo on October 02, 2012, 09:53:54 AM
The Exorcist.  I won't let my daughter read or watch it (she's 12....that's when I first read it and I regret it!)
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Post by: rose red on October 02, 2012, 10:11:35 AM
The Amityville Horror.  I read lots of scary/horror books (especially true stories) and I don't know why that one scares me the most.  I can't keep it in the house (remember Friends Joey keeping The Shining in the freezer?  I know how he feels.)

I don't care if it's a hoax, it's darn scary.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 02, 2012, 10:15:02 AM
Helter, Skelter - when I read it in HS.  Sscared the bejeebus out of me, so I finally realized I could not read it before going to bed!  Re-read it last year, and I was fine, although while it didn't give me nightmares, it gave me very strange dreams.  I think a lot of this had to do with the fact that John LIst, who murdered his whole family, and disappeared for many years, was from my town, about 3 blocks from where I lived.  And at that point, he was still on the run. 

The Amityville Horror. I still remember one part where they said something about "activity" about 3-something am, which is supposedly when the actual murders in the house took place.  So even now, 30 so years later, if I wake up around that time, I get slightly freaked out.  I don't know why, but that book had a lasting, not good, impression on me.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 02, 2012, 10:15:41 AM
The Amityville Horror.  I read lots of scary/horror books (especially true stories) and I don't know why that one scares me the most.  I can't keep it in the house (remember Friends Joey keeping The Shining in the freezer?  I know how he feels.)

I don't care if it's a hoax, it's darn scary.

I posted just as you were, and YES - i know its a hoax too, but it really did freak me out then, and still does now.
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Post by: violinp on October 02, 2012, 10:21:41 AM
The Exorcist.  I won't let my daughter read or watch it (she's 12....that's when I first read it and I regret it!)

I will never read that book. When the movie first came out, my mom's dad read the book. When he'd gotten to the part where the bed was moving, my mom, who was 9 at the time, came downstairs and said, "Dad, my bed jumped."  :o (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared002.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared003.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Gramps shut the book and never picked it up again.

The scariest book I ever read was this Appalachian ghost story book, with stuff about the Blair Witch and stuff. The scariest story in that book was about a family with a little boy, and the little boy said there was a man in his closet. His parents didn't believe him, but two days later, they went to wake him up, and he was gone. They searched for him for weeks, but they couldn't find him at all. Finally, they'd given up hope and the parents went into his room to grieve...when they saw the little boy, sitting on his bed! They asked him who took him, and he said, "The man in the closet."

...I really, really, should not have read books that scary at the age of 9. (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared002.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
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Post by: doodlemor on October 02, 2012, 10:22:49 AM
Way back in the '70's or '80's I read a book about cases of demonic possession that were certified as genuine by the Catholic church.  It was really, really frightening. 

I can't remember the exact title, but here is the first Amazon search page for "demonic possession."

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=demonic%20possession&index=blended&link_code=qs&sourceid=Mozilla-search&tag=mozilla-20

I believe that the author of the book I read was Malachi Martin, a priest, but I'm not 100% sure.  A book by Martin is listed on the page.

Someone borrowed the book from me, and it was so scary that I didn't ask for it back.
Title: Re: Scariest book/ghost story you've ever read
Post by: EmmaJ. on October 02, 2012, 10:35:55 AM
Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" scared the bejeebers out of me as a kid.  Both the book and the movie still have the power to unsettle me.

Ooooooh yes.  It scared me when I first read it, and then made the mistake of re-reading it as an adult.  It was worse the second time!!
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Post by: magicdomino on October 02, 2012, 10:39:40 AM
Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" scared the bejeebers out of me as a kid.  Both the book and the movie still have the power to unsettle me.

"The Shining" is another book that I'm not comfortable rereading.  Kubrick's movie made a mockery of the true creepiness of the book.

Strong second for "The Haunting of Hill House."  It starts scary:

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill house, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for 80 years and might for 80 more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone."

As for "The Shining," you will never look at topiary the same way again.   >:D  Seriously, there are plenty of scary things in the Overlook Hotel, but the topiary garden, like Hitchcock's crows, still haunt me.
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Post by: eltf177 on October 02, 2012, 10:50:41 AM
Agreed, anything in The Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft, Derleth and others.

And of course Stephen King, but avoid the longer material. One of the spookest is the novella The Mist (later made into a very chilling movie) which can be found in his anthology SKELETON KEYS...
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Post by: WillyNilly on October 02, 2012, 10:53:20 AM
High Rise the 1975 novel by J. G. Ballard.

Its not a traditional "horror" story but its a story that has for years haunted the back of my mind (perhaps because I, and just about all my family and close friends, live in apartment buildings).
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Post by: Syfygeek on October 02, 2012, 11:04:58 AM
The Mist- I've been terrified of fog since the 80's- that's when I read it.

The Shining- I had it as part of a boxed set, loaned it to a friend and when they tried to return it I refused to take it. The book and the movie scared me so bad, that (and this tells you my age) when it was on TV, I would refuse to go past the channel it was on- if I was watching something on channel 12 and wanted to go to channel 8, and The Shining was on channel 10, I would turn the dial the log way around, just to not pass the movie in case the dial got stuck there.

The Hyde Effect-by Steve Vance- read it over 20 years ago and it scared the bejeebers out of me.  I ordered a copy from Amazon, just to see what scared me so bad, and yep, scared the bejeebers out of me again- think werewolf, government testing, and locked facility- what could go wrong?


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Post by: Zilla on October 02, 2012, 11:20:52 AM
It from Stephen King.   Really any of his older works are awesome.  But I noticed that top ten list included his one of his later works, Under the Dome.  It isn't worth it and not very scary.  I would caution against that one.


Alot of my suggestions already been mentioned here, if you like classics, you might want to check out Edgar Allan Poe.  Love his work.
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Post by: MindsEye on October 02, 2012, 11:40:18 AM
If you want movie suggestions also, try "The Others", "Identity", "The Sixth Sense", and "Stir of Echoes".
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 02, 2012, 11:59:19 AM
Slightly OT, but in the same vein, I cannot watch any shows about hunting ghosts or people's homes being possessed or having ghosts.  I don't have nightmares about the actual shows, but very uneasy and freaky dreams.  And not much scares me, aside from spiders, but this type of show I just can't handle.  Ithink its the unknown part of it.  Is it really real, or not?
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Post by: Cyradis on October 02, 2012, 12:11:35 PM
If you want movie suggestions also, try "The Others", "Identity", "The Sixth Sense", and "Stir of Echoes".

I'll second 'The Others.' Lots of subtle freak outs in that film.

'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Exorcist.'

'The Shining' book and film. Honestly, even now I shiver at the sight of Jack Nicholson. He'll always be that character for me. 'Christine' scares me quite a bit because I read the book too young. Cars, possession and mayhem seem to go together.
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Post by: LadyMisha on October 02, 2012, 12:37:05 PM
Ok, this isn't a book, but websites that will give you the willies:

http://www.warrens.net/

I don't know how many have heard of Ed and Lorraine Warren, but they have investigated some of the most haunted locations (including the Amityville house).  Read this one with the lights on if you are easily freaked out.

http://theshadowlands.net/

This has an impressive collection of true ghost stories.  Warning:  some are very poorly written, but it is a good read if you can look past the poor grammar and punctuation.  It also has haunted places listed by state, so it is kind of fun looking around to see what your state has that you may or may not have been aware of.

And the last:

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/index.html

Scary, because these are the true monsters that walk among us that we truly don't see.

Title: Re: Scariest book/ghost story you've ever read
Post by: Petticoats on October 02, 2012, 12:42:06 PM
F.G. Cottam writes excellent, scary supernatural novels. The House of Lost Souls and Lost Echo are my favorites.
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Post by: MorgnsGrl on October 02, 2012, 01:04:32 PM
This is really good if anyone hasn't seen it -
http://www.dionaea-house.com/
The Dinoaea House
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Post by: Sirius on October 02, 2012, 01:23:45 PM
True crime scares me more than the supernatural does, especially unsolved crime. 
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Post by: rose red on October 02, 2012, 01:24:42 PM
The Amityville Horror. I still remember one part where they said something about "activity" about 3-something am, which is supposedly when the actual murders in the house took place.  So even now, 30 so years later, if I wake up around that time, I get slightly freaked out.  I don't know why, but that book had a lasting, not good, impression on me.

The 3am thing freaks me out too and there was a period of time when I wake up every single night for the bathroom during that time.   Eeeek!

What really scared me about that book was a little mundane detail.  When the couple went to look at the house the first time, the husband noticed all the neighbors' windows that are facing the house are closed with blinds/curtains.  Such a little thing, but I remember that single image all these years later.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 02, 2012, 01:33:59 PM
The Amityville Horror. I still remember one part where they said something about "activity" about 3-something am, which is supposedly when the actual murders in the house took place.  So even now, 30 so years later, if I wake up around that time, I get slightly freaked out.  I don't know why, but that book had a lasting, not good, impression on me.

The 3am thing freaks me out too and there was a period of time when I wake up every single night for the bathroom during that time.   Eeeek!

What really scared me about that book was a little mundane detail.  When the couple went to look at the house the first time, the husband noticed all the neighbors' windows that are facing the house are closed with blinds/curtains.  Such a little thing, but I remember that single image all these years later.

And I think it was in this one, the part about the little girl’s “friend” a pig, and its glowing red eyes.  To this day, if I see something in my bedroom that glows, like my phone, cable box, etc, and its very early in the am, I get the shivers as it reminds me of this .
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Post by: WillyNilly on October 02, 2012, 01:55:48 PM
^ As someone who grew up in NY and did the obligatory drive out to see the house in my 20's, I have to say its a very notable house - super easy to find even without the address.  And that's because its situated sideways on its lot.  Every other house, like normal houses, faces the street.  The Amityville horror house faces the house next door.
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Post by: guihong on October 02, 2012, 02:00:49 PM
Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery". 

I actually prefer unsolved crimes, mysteries, monsters :).
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Post by: Aria on October 02, 2012, 02:03:52 PM
"Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill was a pretty scary book, and very well written.

As for movies: I've seen a lot of horror movies, but the only ones that I thought were really scary were "The Ring" (despite all the plot holes) and "The Strangers." Well, I also thought "The Blob" was terrifying, but that was when I was in elementary school.  ;)
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Post by: Quiltin Nana on October 02, 2012, 02:04:42 PM
The only book that has truly bothered me to the point where I had trouble sleeping is Suffer the Children by John Saul. 
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Post by: Quiltin Nana on October 02, 2012, 02:05:44 PM
Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery". 

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I love that short story.  I did not see the ending coming and it left me actually speechless. 
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Post by: mechtilde on October 02, 2012, 02:10:30 PM
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M R James.

Some of Robert E Howard's horror stories are good- Pigeons from Hell is an absolute classic.

Guy de Maupasson has some good ones as well.

Sabine Baring Gould's Book of Ghosts

Amyas Northcote's short stories.

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw.

I'm sure I'll think of more...
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Post by: Amalthea on October 02, 2012, 07:28:12 PM
Fantastic recs.  Thanks. I think I'll start with The Shining. Is it good all the way through?  I read IT several years ago, and the ending kind of ruined it for me.

I should have put this in my OP, but here's my favorite internet ghost story. http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Jane
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Post by: Aria on October 02, 2012, 08:59:10 PM
I liked that story, Amalthea! It kind of reminded me of some YouTube videos/short stories I watched a while back by thelittlefears. I particularly liked "The Portraits" and "A Trick of the Light."
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 02, 2012, 09:00:05 PM
the original short story "The Birds" by Daphne DuMaurier - which Hitchcock based his movie on.  Again, the unknown, because if I remember correctly, there was no explanation for WHY the birds went berserk, and the story just kind of ended and sort of left you hanging.
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Post by: Bijou on October 02, 2012, 09:46:47 PM
Tame by today's standards, but.....
I remember being about 12 or 13 years old and going to the midnight show at the theater on Halloween (this would be about 1952).  They would show maybe 3 scary movies.  I remember one of them was The Mummy with Boris Karloff and when I got home I was just scared sick by it.  Plus, we had to walk home from the show.  Gosh, it gave me major creeps.  I remember being in bed wide awake, scared out of my wits.  While you're watching it with your sisters, friends and cousins it seems "HA-HA...I ain't scared, you guys!!!" but by the time you get home and are all alone in bed....Woooooooooooooooooooooo....Wooooooooooooooooooooooooo....
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Post by: Lexophile on October 03, 2012, 01:44:16 PM
The Exorcist. I know it's mainstream, but this book scared the living daylights out o fme. Partly because it's based on a true story.
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Post by: doodlemor on October 03, 2012, 03:12:06 PM
the original short story "The Birds" by Daphne DuMaurier - which Hitchcock based his movie on.  Again, the unknown, because if I remember correctly, there was no explanation for WHY the birds went berserk, and the story just kind of ended and sort of left you hanging.

Daphne du Maurier wrote some wonderful stories of suspense, both novels and short stories.  Her novel Rebecca isn't a ghost story, but is a wonderful novel with a lot of suspense that is hard to put down once you start reading.
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Post by: Bijou on October 03, 2012, 03:19:44 PM
The Exorcist. I know it's mainstream, but this book scared the living daylights out o fme. Partly because it's based on a true story.
The movie had me on edge for a few months.  Honestly, it was the worst most sickening, scarey thing I have seen.   :o
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Post by: Hillia on October 03, 2012, 03:25:31 PM
M. R. James has some of the most horrifying stories I've ever read, with no gore or things jumping out of closets.  'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You' springs to mind, but really anything he wrote is wonderful. 

The original movie of 'The Haunting', made in the 60's (the Owen Wilson thing is awful).  There's never a visible monster, although you do hear things. Terrifying.

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Post by: magician5 on October 03, 2012, 04:16:50 PM
Stephen King's Salem's Lot ... terrifying!
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Post by: Twik on October 03, 2012, 04:17:59 PM
Tame by today's standards, but.....
I remember being about 12 or 13 years old and going to the midnight show at the theater on Halloween (this would be about 1952).  They would show maybe 3 scary movies.  I remember one of them was The Mummy with Boris Karloff and when I got home I was just scared sick by it.  Plus, we had to walk home from the show.  Gosh, it gave me major creeps.  I remember being in bed wide awake, scared out of my wits.  While you're watching it with your sisters, friends and cousins it seems "HA-HA...I ain't scared, you guys!!!" but by the time you get home and are all alone in bed....Woooooooooooooooooooooo....Wooooooooooooooooooooooooo....

Is anyone flashing back to Bill Cosby's story of staying too late at the movie theatre (the boys were too scared to come out from under the seats), then having to walk home? "Oooh, Weird Harold! It's ten o'clock! Ten o'clock is when the monsters come out...."
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Post by: lady_disdain on October 03, 2012, 04:23:32 PM
This may not be a particularly popular book, but Ghosts of Sleath really freaked me. An entire village where people are haunted by the ghosts of the people who did the worst things to them - a girl haunted by the pedophile who abused her, a woman haunted by her dead husband (who also killed their son), etc.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 03, 2012, 04:26:45 PM
the original short story "The Birds" by Daphne DuMaurier - which Hitchcock based his movie on.  Again, the unknown, because if I remember correctly, there was no explanation for WHY the birds went berserk, and the story just kind of ended and sort of left you hanging.

Daphne du Maurier wrote some wonderful stories of suspense, both novels and short stories.  Her novel Rebecca isn't a ghost story, but is a wonderful novel with a lot of suspense that is hard to put down once you start reading.

One of my favorite books!  The movie isn't bad either; I love Hitchcock, although North by Northwest and Dial M for Murder are probably my favorites of his.
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Post by: Giggity on October 03, 2012, 05:56:14 PM
Slightly OT, but in the same vein, I cannot watch any shows about hunting ghosts or people's homes being possessed or having ghosts.  I don't have nightmares about the actual shows, but very uneasy and freaky dreams.  And not much scares me, aside from spiders, but this type of show I just can't handle.  Ithink its the unknown part of it.  Is it really real, or not?

The way I see it, if those were real, and ghosts did exist, it's highly unlikely we'd find out about it on Nat Geo or TLC or whatever. That's a CNN story.
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Post by: doodlemor on October 03, 2012, 06:31:18 PM
Another of my favorites is The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stores, by Mary Higgins Clark.  These are great scary stories with a supernatural edge.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Anastasia-Syndrome-Other-Stories/dp/0671701231
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 04, 2012, 10:48:56 AM
'Pet Semetary' but that was for a particular reason.

When we first moved to our apartment, it was common to leave the front doors open.  Our neighbor had two cats who were used to roaming in and out at will. Late in the evening it wasn't uncommon for her to knock on the door and ask, 'Is Barneby in there?'

I was reading the Stephen King book on the 'throne' and had just gotten to the part where the dead cat surfaces in the shower.  A small head surfaced and meowed next to my knee.   

I jumped what felt like three feet in the air and yelled.

Yeah.  That was a scary book. 
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Post by: Miriam on October 04, 2012, 10:50:37 AM
Did anyone else say The Turn of the Screw? If anything scares me it's the unsure possibility of ghosts and possession. Thanks psychology.
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Post by: sourwolf on October 04, 2012, 11:01:53 AM
'Pet Semetary' but that was for a particular reason.

When we first moved to our apartment, it was common to leave the front doors open.  Our neighbor had two cats who were used to roaming in and out at will. Late in the evening it wasn't uncommon for her to knock on the door and ask, 'Is Barneby in there?'

I was reading the Stephen King book on the 'throne' and had just gotten to the part where the dead cat surfaces in the shower.  A small head surfaced and meowed next to my knee.   

I jumped what felt like three feet in the air and yelled.

Yeah.  That was a scary book.

To me this is one of the absolute creepiest Stephen King books.  Between the flashbacks and nightmares of the scary sister and the little boy it was really terrifying.


I don't know if it's the scariest book I ever read but the most traumatizing one was this YA book called Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike.  I read it when I was 11 or so and I whenever I had a nightmare for the next couple of years there was almost always at least one element of that book in it.  I found it a couple of years ago and flipped through it to see if I had just been too young to read it.  Nope, it was just as disturbing. This is a much less creepy summery of the book ( triggers - rape, abortion) http://likepike.blogspot.com/2008/10/whisper-of-death.html
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Post by: Kaora on October 04, 2012, 12:05:51 PM
Helter, Skelter - when I read it in HS.  Sscared the bejeebus out of me, so I finally realized I could not read it before going to bed!  Re-read it last year, and I was fine, although while it didn't give me nightmares, it gave me very strange dreams...

Remember how I say I live near Death Valley?  Dad can't help but point out the history of the song every time he plays the White Album.  I've kind of grown to ignore it at this point.  Never read a book about it, though.

My dad kind of desensitized me to this, Edgar Allen Poe, and Lovecraft's works.

General scary, there's an entire topic on eHell, and there's a forum called Paranormal Soup.  The latter is reports of stories from personal experiences, and most of them tend to be true.  My favorite from the board was a story of a nightshift worker doing guard duty at a building.  He heard the alarm trip, went to check it out himself, and saw a very ghostly man in an older looking guard's uniform, pacing the scene.  The ghost turned around, saw the corporeal guard, and charged him, looking to be screaming, because he was guarding his property!  If I remember right, the ghost dissolved as he charged and kind of sunk into the ground.  That scared me good for weeks! ;D

(If I could find the link for that story, I'll share it.)

There also exists a true anomaly called Number Stations, and Oddity Stations.  They are spy stations, but sometimes, the recordings themselves are enough to freak someone out.  Like Swedish Rhapsody. :)

http://www.swldxer.co.uk/swedrhap.mp3

Taken from this page:

http://www.simonmason.karoo.net/page13.html

There's also Papa November:

http://www.swldxer.co.uk/pnjun84.wma

From:

http://www.simonmason.karoo.net/page9.html

Yes, I enjoy tracking these... we only get V2a on any regularity, though.  That, and PN and Swedish Rhapsody have been off the air for a few years.  Papa November much longer, though.

I enjoy real life creepies the most, so I hope no one minds my suggestions.  The best kind of unknowns are the real ones! :D
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 04, 2012, 01:14:01 PM
Ah, 'The Turn of the Screw'. 

That has to be one of the most scary things ever written because it leaves so much to the imagination.

After a few readings you put the thing down because you begin to realize that the creepiness is coming from within your own head.     
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 04, 2012, 01:52:07 PM
And how timely is this? 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/03/showbiz/movies/amityville-horror-house-for-sale/index.html?hpt=hp_bn9
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Post by: lady_disdain on October 04, 2012, 02:39:12 PM
There also exists a true anomaly called Number Stations, and Oddity Stations.  They are spy stations, but sometimes, the recordings themselves are enough to freak someone out.  Like Swedish Rhapsody. :)

http://www.swldxer.co.uk/swedrhap.mp3

Taken from this page:

http://www.simonmason.karoo.net/page13.html

Is it being used to encode information? It has some very odd high frequencies (responsible for the creepiness, I imagine), which could be digital information. I would love to see a fourier transform.
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 04, 2012, 05:33:25 PM
Another really chilling book is 'Harriet'  by Elizabeth Jenkins. 

This was written in the 1930s and is said to be based on a true case that came before the courts in Victorian England. 

There is neither blood nor gore in 'Harriet'.  That's what makes it so chilling. The horror comes from the casual greed of the characters and the erosion of care for the person who provides the money upon which these characters depend. 

In the beginning, readers can easily see themselves doing the little bits of neglect because the title character is very annoying.  As the book progresses, the reader is forced to consider how far s/he would go. 

It's a hard read but a rewarding one.

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Post by: doodlemor on October 04, 2012, 06:12:16 PM
Here is a link to a book that I recently finished, Psycho USA:  Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345524470/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00

Most of these people were notorious during their time, but history has forgotten them.  I was struck by their brutality in the times before guns were readily available.
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Post by: bansidhe on October 04, 2012, 06:58:32 PM
Here's a little Halloween reading list. Sorry if any are repeats from earlier posts.

His Face All Red:
http://emcarroll.com/comics/faceallred/01.html (http://emcarroll.com/comics/faceallred/01.html)
Really, really well done. I love this thing.

The Enigma of Amigara Fault:
http://brasscockroach.com/h4ll0w33n2007/manga/Amigara-Full/Amigara.html (http://brasscockroach.com/h4ll0w33n2007/manga/Amigara-Full/Amigara.html)
Translated from Japanese. Read panels from right to left.

The Dionaea House:
http://www.dionaea-house.com/ (http://www.dionaea-house.com/)

Ted’s Caving Page:
http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/ (http://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/)

The Dibbuk Box:
http://www.dibbukbox.com/ (http://www.dibbukbox.com/)
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Post by: Kaora on October 04, 2012, 10:54:05 PM
There also exists a true anomaly called Number Stations, and Oddity Stations.  They are spy stations, but sometimes, the recordings themselves are enough to freak someone out.  Like Swedish Rhapsody. :)

http://www.swldxer.co.uk/swedrhap.mp3

Taken from this page:

http://www.simonmason.karoo.net/page13.html

Is it being used to encode information? It has some very odd high frequencies (responsible for the creepiness, I imagine), which could be digital information. I would love to see a fourier transform.

Maybe, but too my knowledge, it doesn't appear in all recordings.  As it was probably caught on-air, with mic and tape recorder and no lineout, I'd also think it's a machine noise.  Could easily be someone's airconditioner.

And they are meant to convey information as numbers sent to one time pads, which they decrypt the message from.  They are structured into formats usually indicating groups, people they are sending the message to and the contents.  Though I do love that theory of the high frequencies holding information...

Yes, a spectrogram also shows the high noise, as well.  I think more people are also creeped out by an endless music box with what sounds like a little girl chanting mechanical numbers. :)

There's one on this set that lacks the high noise:

http://archive.org/details/ird059

Since you're interested, here's what a spectrogram of the entire track shows:

http://imageshack.us/a/img90/138/srspec.jpg (http://imageshack.us/a/img90/138/srspec.jpg)
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Post by: PeterM on October 04, 2012, 11:43:00 PM
Is anyone flashing back to Bill Cosby's story of staying too late at the movie theatre (the boys were too scared to come out from under the seats), then having to walk home? "Oooh, Weird Harold! It's ten o'clock! Ten o'clock is when the monsters come out...."

My dad and his siblings walked a mile into town to see the movie "Them" way back in the day. For those unfamiliar with this awesome classic, it's about giant ants. They make a creepy "Ree-ree-ree!" sound when they're closing in.

They enjoyed the movie, but it was dark by the time they got out. They lived in the country, so there were many, many crickets "Ree-ree-ree!"ing their little hearts out all over the place. My dad's pretty sure they broke the sound barrier on the way home.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on October 05, 2012, 10:23:57 AM
Is anyone flashing back to Bill Cosby's story of staying too late at the movie theatre (the boys were too scared to come out from under the seats), then having to walk home? "Oooh, Weird Harold! It's ten o'clock! Ten o'clock is when the monsters come out...."

My dad and his siblings walked a mile into town to see the movie "Them" way back in the day. For those unfamiliar with this awesome classic, it's about giant ants. They make a creepy "Ree-ree-ree!" sound when they're closing in.

They enjoyed the movie, but it was dark by the time they got out. They lived in the country, so there were many, many crickets "Ree-ree-ree!"ing their little hearts out all over the place. My dad's pretty sure they broke the sound barrier on the way home.

I remember seeing this a child on tv and it totally freaking me out, but I couldn't rmemeber exactly what it was, until i saw something recently on tv about it, and that sound brought it all back!  UGH. 
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Post by: Giggity on October 05, 2012, 10:56:02 AM
there's a forum called Paranormal Soup.  The latter is reports of stories from personal experiences, and most of them tend to be true.

How are they demonstrating that their stories are true?
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Post by: Kaora on October 05, 2012, 01:05:17 PM
there's a forum called Paranormal Soup.  The latter is reports of stories from personal experiences, and most of them tend to be true.

How are they demonstrating that their stories are true?

Some are investigated, and they (used to?) demand some evidence.  That, and they are posted by people who sound semi-intelligent. :)

And its the same level of trust I put into eHell's stories-- I trust they are true, until proven otherwise.  We are on forums, after all. :)
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Post by: jayhawk on October 05, 2012, 03:59:31 PM
Not the book, but the movie In Cold Blood. I was in junior high and  was at my girlfriend's house one fall Saturday evening.  We watched it with her family and then I had to walk home alone (about 6 houses up the street).    I think I called my folks to watch for me from our house and had GF's mom or dad watch me from their house!  I was pretty freaked out.
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Post by: rose red on October 05, 2012, 06:18:08 PM
Since we are talking about movies, I remember my 5th grade friend telling the class that she went to the movies and saw Children of the Corn with her sister and afterwards have to walk back home and have to pass a...you guessed it...corn field.
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Post by: Specky on October 06, 2012, 04:46:38 PM
Dang y'all!  Checked out The Dionaea House and ended up getting sucked into Marble Hornets.
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Post by: matzo33 on October 14, 2012, 08:11:27 PM
It by Stephen King was the one that did me in.  I was reading it in my living room one night and at a scary part with that dadgum clown, I heard a scratching on the window in the room next to me.  I kind of laughed and ignored it but...it dawned on me that there was no tree or bush or tall flower that could be scratching on that window. 

I put the book down and slept on the couch that night with the TV on.  I refused to walk by that room on my way to bed or the bathroom.  My bladder was killing me by the time morning came.
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Post by: wonderfullyanonymous on October 14, 2012, 09:06:44 PM
The Amityville Horror.  I read lots of scary/horror books (especially true stories) and I don't know why that one scares me the most.  I can't keep it in the house (remember Friends Joey keeping The Shining in the freezer?  I know how he feels.)

I don't care if it's a hoax, it's darn scary.


This is the only book I have ever read that gave me nightmares. I quit reading it at night, and I absolutely LOVE scarey books.
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Post by: oz diva on October 14, 2012, 09:23:32 PM
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It's set in a big English country house. It really is quite creepy.
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Post by: mmswm on October 14, 2012, 09:52:10 PM
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.  It's not scary in some senses, but it is super creepy, and one of my favorite Halloween reads.
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Post by: Petticoats on October 15, 2012, 09:43:27 AM
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It's set in a big English country house. It really is quite creepy.

This is such a great book! I read it in paperback and loved it, and then got an audiobook version that I like to listen to on long car trips. It still creeps me out.
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Post by: BarensMom on October 15, 2012, 12:25:14 PM
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Premature Burial" (I think that's the name).  Even thinking about that story gives me the creeps.
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Post by: Mikayla on October 15, 2012, 02:19:41 PM
Stephen King's Salem's Lot ... terrifying!

I was wondering if someone would mention this!  Scariest book I've ever read, even moreso than The Shining.

Also, that Dean Koontz book about the guy with the golden retriever. 
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Post by: Dr. F. on October 15, 2012, 02:23:40 PM
There's a short story by Orson Scott Card, the name of which I have currently forgotten, that is about 4 pages long and quite possibly the most frightening thing I've ever read. It gave me nightmares for *weeks*. Does anyone know the one I'm talking about? I'll update once I get a chance to look it up if not.
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Post by: Talley on October 15, 2012, 02:55:11 PM
I kind of collect ghost stories - mainly Victorian and Edwardian ones. M. R. James is one of my absolute favourites. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also has a couple of very good ghost stories. And then there's Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, of course.

For modern writers, Susan Hill has written some excellent ghost stories. The most famous, I suppose, is "The Woman in Black", which has been made into a movie recently (which I have not gone to see, because the book's ending freaked me out enough...). And there are also "The Mist in the Mirror", "The Man in the Picture" and "The Small Hand". A new one ("Dolly") has just been released, but I haven't read it yet.

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Post by: violinp on October 15, 2012, 03:02:52 PM
I kind of collect ghost stories - mainly Victorian and Edwardian ones. M. R. James is one of my absolute favourites. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also has a couple of very good ghost stories. And then there's Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, of course.

For modern writers, Susan Hill has written some excellent ghost stories. The most famous, I suppose, is "The Woman in Black", which has been made into a movie recently (which I have not gone to see, because the book's ending freaked me out enough...). And there are also "The Mist in the Mirror", "The Man in the Picture" and "The Small Hand". A new one ("Dolly") has just been released, but I haven't read it yet.

The new movie is a remake of the original, which, incidentally, the man who plays Harry Potter's father in the Harry Potter series, was the protagonist, and Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, ended up playing the role of the protagonist in the remake. I guess that's a bit creepy too!
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Post by: Petticoats on October 15, 2012, 03:19:22 PM
I kind of collect ghost stories - mainly Victorian and Edwardian ones. M. R. James is one of my absolute favourites. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also has a couple of very good ghost stories. And then there's Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, of course.

For modern writers, Susan Hill has written some excellent ghost stories. The most famous, I suppose, is "The Woman in Black", which has been made into a movie recently (which I have not gone to see, because the book's ending freaked me out enough...). And there are also "The Mist in the Mirror", "The Man in the Picture" and "The Small Hand". A new one ("Dolly") has just been released, but I haven't read it yet.

The new movie is a remake of the original, which, incidentally, the man who plays Harry Potter's father in the Harry Potter series, was the protagonist, and Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, ended up playing the role of the protagonist in the remake. I guess that's a bit creepy too!

The new film strays further from the book, and--I think--is the better for it. I was furious at the ending of the book, and the new film version finds a more emotionally satisfying ending.

Skip Susan Hill's The Man in the Picture. So much potential, but the story is all over the place and ultimately goes nowhere. What was particularly frustrating--and distracting--was trying to figure out when the book's action (and flashbacks) took place, and finding what seemed to be contradictory clues.
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Post by: KimberlyM on October 15, 2012, 03:59:55 PM
This thread has been my reading list the last couple weeks.  I read the Haunting of Hill House, which I thought was good, but didn't really scare me, then I read The Oath which was again, good, though more strange than scary, but I guess dragons are too far from reality to scare me much.  I'm 3/4 of the way through Heart Shaped Box right now...I didn't think it was scaring me, but then I realized yesterday that I had been hearing things all day and had been up checking rooms and out windows pretty much all day.  It's taking me much longer to read than most books and I think it's because I keep putting it down.  It's giving me the creeps subconsciously!

I have a couple more waiting before my next trip to the library!

I've read all the Stephen King books and the Shinning was the only one that really freaked me out.  There was a Dean Koontz one I read recently that gave me nightmares, but I can't remember which one it was! 

I'm surprised by how few of these my library has....kinda ticks me off.   
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Post by: Solanna Dryden on October 15, 2012, 07:28:53 PM
Dang y'all!  Checked out The Dionaea House and ended up getting sucked into Marble Hornets.

Haha...oh Slenderman.

For those who don't know: Slenderman is a creation of the comedy forum Something Awful.

I am a Something Awful forums goon, and I remember clearly when Slenderman was created. It was a thread called "Photoshop Paranormal Images." The thread started out all right, but then someone posted the first Slenderman picture. And then the entire thread derailed. It went from "Post Paranormal Images" to "Post Slenderman." Since I never found Slenderman scary in the first in the first place, I was a bit annoyed.

And now Slenderman is everwhere and it's incredibly weird. I still don't like him, though.

Edit - er, and I'm not slamming you for liking him! Sorry if it sounded like that. I just thought it was funny trivia about Slendy.
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Post by: zyrs on October 15, 2012, 10:08:47 PM
The Stand and Salem's Lot both have a section that was the creepiest thing in the book to me.  The part explaining how it (the disease/vampirism) got transferred from person to person.  They creeped me out because it just seemed so possible.
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Post by: Yarnspinner on October 15, 2012, 11:24:06 PM
I'm grateful for the post about Susan Hill's other ghost stories.  I LIKED "The Man in The Picture".  I didn't scare the complete bejabbers out of me, but it haunted me for quite a while. 

Peter M., you brought back a funny memory about "THEM!" :  the movie was showing on one of the local channels a looooooong time ago when all one had was local channels and nothing much was in color.  We were watching the movie at our house and were at the part where the ants had gotten to the drains and sewers of underground Los Angeles.  And the phone rang.

It was my grandmother who said to my mother "Have you been watching the news?  What's this about giant ants in the sewers of Los Angeles?"  She'd taken a nap because of the heat that day and she woke up just in time to hear the news reporters in the movie talking about the giant ant incursion.

In the background, Mom could hear my uncle saying "Ma, it's just a movie!"

Eventually everyone started laughing and couldn't stop and my grandmother made a point of turning the television set off if she was going to take a nap.
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Post by: Yarnspinner on October 15, 2012, 11:31:54 PM
The Amityville Horror.  I read lots of scary/horror books (especially true stories) and I don't know why that one scares me the most.  I can't keep it in the house (remember Friends Joey keeping The Shining in the freezer?  I know how he feels.)

I don't care if it's a hoax, it's darn scary.

Reminds me of two things:

In M.R. James' short story "The Mezzotint" (the first real ghost story I ever read and which terrified me for days on end) the protagonist takes the etching he's purchased and which is revealing to him a horrifying  story he'd rather not know and, with picture between thumb and forefinger, he walks it across the hallway to his "other set of rooms kept as an office" and puts the picture into a drawer in a desk, face down, placing (I think) a book on top of it.  Then he locks the drawer, shoves furniture in front of it and then locks the door to those rooms as well.  In later years I was able to appreciate the humor in that scene (and James makes clear that he's having a bit of fun at his character's expense) but in the seventh grade, all I remembered was the Shape as it creeps across the lawn.

What makes me laugh about Joey and the fridge, is that, I had purchased some H.P. Lovecraft for a friend's birthday.  I had never read Lovecraft before and so was tempted.  I remember something about a hill that ate hunters climbing up to it and a few happy others like that.  I took all three books, but them by my front door, face down, and then piled on two copies of the encyclopedia plus a bible.  I decided I was insane until, a few years later at a Horror Convention, I met a woman who had done the same thing and with the same book.

I don't know if I felt less crazy, but I was glad to know other people did that.
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Post by: Yarnspinner on October 16, 2012, 07:01:37 PM
Wanted to add to the scary story list:

Joe Lansdale's "The Folded Man"  (or is it folding?).  Three friends and their dog, out for a night drive encounter three "nunlike" creatures whose legs give the impression that they bend "the other way".  The title character is in the trunk....along with what might be a very deviant vulture.  Warning:  gross, gorey, dog doesn't survive and breath takingly scary.  I don't live anywhere near a desert, but I slept with the lights on for a week afterwards...just in case.
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Post by: LadyMisha on October 17, 2012, 09:17:37 AM
http://homes.yahoo.com/news/ten-of-america-s-most-haunted-houses.html

This was a pretty interesting read :)