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What book scared the pants off you? Am hankering after a scary read...

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MillyMoop Fri 08-Oct-10 13:31:03

Any suggestions?

tiredemma Fri 08-Oct-10 13:36:28

The Woman in black

sethstarkaddersmum Fri 08-Oct-10 13:37:25

M.R. James ghost stories?

agree about the Woman in Black too.

bruffin Fri 08-Oct-10 13:47:46

Agree with Woman In Black. I made the mistake of seeing the play then reading the book when I was pregnant.

becstarlitsea Fri 08-Oct-10 13:48:47

The Little Stranger - I don't normally like ghost stories but it gripped me.

gingercat12 Fri 08-Oct-10 14:03:56

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

JiggeryPopery Fri 08-Oct-10 14:05:16

It. And Pet Cemetery. Stephen King.

I'm still traumatised.

Mind you I read them both on a camping trip when I was about 12....

arfur Fri 08-Oct-10 14:10:57

Pet cemetary for me too - makes me shiver just thinking about it - think I was about 18 when I read it and had to stay up (literally) all night to finish it as was too scared to go to bed - brilliant story too!

LLKH Fri 08-Oct-10 15:49:23

Try a collection of Daphne DuMaurier stories. Especially the ones that include Don't Look Now and The Apple Tree.

smugmumofboys Fri 08-Oct-10 15:51:17

Parts of The Historian scared me but it's not a 'scary' book as such.

Hullygully Fri 08-Oct-10 15:51:40

The Shining

suiledonne Fri 08-Oct-10 15:53:14

The Turn of the Screw - Henry James.

Atmospheric. Played on my mind for a long time

mackerel Fri 08-Oct-10 16:00:09

The Historian had scary moments for me and I remember Don't Look Now really terrifying me as a 15year old!

PortBlacksand Fri 08-Oct-10 16:12:09

I think i have told this story on here before but i totally wound myself up reading Misery.

However, on the last but one page she is chasing him and he looks up and thinks 'goddess' then dies (except he doesn't really iyswim).

Only i read it as, He looked up at her, thought "Goodness!" and died grin - his underwhelmed terror totally ruined it for me....

themymble Fri 08-Oct-10 16:14:15

Another vote for the little stranger. So, so good.

beachavendrea Fri 08-Oct-10 16:29:15

American psycho was so scary I had to skip parts! But beware is also very very gory

Shirleyknot Fri 08-Oct-10 16:31:40

House Of Souls

I couldn't read it at night, and I've read every Stephen King book and LOTS of horror.

This one though <shudder>

lalalonglegs Fri 08-Oct-10 17:03:47

The Road - a real sense of menace all the way through (plus it's a brilliant novel).

evenkeel Fri 08-Oct-10 17:05:13

I heard a short story by Shirley Jackson on R4 that chilled me to the bone. Set in an idyllic little village where all the folk gathered together for what seemed at first like a cheery rustic meeting, but turned out to be a sacrifice. I was shock by the end of it. But also hooked - can't wait to read her novel 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle'.

Oh, and she also wrote 'The Haunting of Hill House' which I believe is miiiiiiighty scary.....

AliceInHerPartyDress Fri 08-Oct-10 17:14:21

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wildfig Fri 08-Oct-10 19:35:57

the original Dracula is so scary that I had to sleep with the lights on for two nights.

Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins novels are quite spooky. She's a 'conflicted' CofE exorcist in Herefordshire, and is always coming across troubled spirits and areas of unexplained darkness.

MrsSaxon Fri 08-Oct-10 19:41:27

Another thumbs up for Phil Rickmans novels, really spooky stuff.

piratecat Fri 08-Oct-10 19:46:46

I thought Pet Cemetery scared the life out of me, the very concept is gross and i was about 15 when i read it. It really affected me for a long time, no chance i'd read it again!!!

AliceInHerPartyDress Fri 08-Oct-10 19:48:36

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LadyBiscuit Fri 08-Oct-10 19:49:41

The scariest books I have ever read have been by (bizarrely) Muriel Gray. The Trickster was so scary I couldn't sleep on a plane!! Furnace is also pretty good

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