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Peakyblinders Sun 06-Aug-17 21:06:53

I can't find any!!!
Any recommendations?
I've read everything Stephen king has ever written so not him. I love his books but they arent chilling or scary enough for me.

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QueenRefusenik Sun 06-Aug-17 21:12:10

House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski. Leave the lights on...

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Sun 06-Aug-17 21:13:12

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver.

VulvalHeadMistress Sun 06-Aug-17 21:14:14

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Thirtyrock39 Sun 06-Aug-17 21:14:56

Apple tree yard I found very disturbing

cdtaylornats Sun 06-Aug-17 21:15:31

Pig Island by Mo Hayder

DancesWithOtters Sun 06-Aug-17 21:16:15

I've just finished The Last Days of Jack Sparks.

So fucking weird.

stargirl1701 Sun 06-Aug-17 21:16:24

The Road.

I had to ask my Dad to take it to his house.

DancesWithOtters Sun 06-Aug-17 21:19:25

Ooh I've got House of Leaves.

Weird fucking book. Took me about 3 months as I had to keep back tracking and had to read it twice to figure it out.

flumpybear Sun 06-Aug-17 21:20:48

Mo Hayder is a great author!

DancesWithOtters Sun 06-Aug-17 21:20:50

Bird Box and Reiko also very good recent kindle reads.

flumpybear Sun 06-Aug-17 21:21:14

I'd second American psycho

TheEagle Sun 06-Aug-17 21:23:20

I read a few of Mo Hayder's books after reading some threads here about scary books.

I found them so vile and disturbing, they really got under my skin. So yes they are scary but in a gruesome way rather than a supernatural way. If that makes sense?

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood scared the bejesus out of me.

The audiobook of The Woman In Black was terrifying too. Couldn't face the book after that.

Any other scary ones I've read are Stephen King ones.

ISaySteadyOn Sun 06-Aug-17 21:25:11

We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

HardPiper Sun 06-Aug-17 21:26:38

Just ordered Birdman for my kindle. Thanks for the recommendation smile

MumBod Sun 06-Aug-17 21:55:46

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks. Horrid book.

TheMasterNotMargarita Sun 06-Aug-17 21:57:10

House of Leaves.
The Midwich Cuckoos.

DancesWithOtters Sun 06-Aug-17 21:58:01

We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.


I somehow only found We have always lived in the castle this year and it's excellent.

PenguinOfDoom Sun 06-Aug-17 21:58:47

Jonathan Aycliffe.

nobodysbabynow Sun 06-Aug-17 21:59:54

Any Adam Nevill.

PenguinOfDoom Sun 06-Aug-17 22:00:50

Sorry, hit post too soon. Naomi's Room is terrifying, also The Matrix and his earlier books like Whispers in the Dark.

AaarghUsername Sun 06-Aug-17 22:06:53

Definitely second House of Leaves - very unsettling.

And 100% agree with PenguinofDoom on Naomi's Room - utterly terrifying, especially when a roof tile had come off and a malignant pigeon decides to tapdance through the attic while I was reading it.

SnickersWasAHorse Mon 07-Aug-17 00:11:08

Is House of Leaves printed on solid gold?
So many recommendations but it seems to be about £28 a copy!

Katescurios Mon 07-Aug-17 00:17:17

Jack Ketchum really unsettling books. Girl next door is horrific, uncomfortable but compelling in a voyeuristic way. Off season is violent and bloody.

TheHiphopopotamus Mon 07-Aug-17 00:20:55

The House Of Lost Souls by FG Cottam

And agree that most of Johnathan Aycliffes stuff is good.

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