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Mulch Sat 02-Dec-17 21:06:18

Recently read woman in black which I enjoyed. I'd never read horror genre before. Follows by girl on the landing but was very underwhelmed. Any recommendations for a good scare

waycat Mon 04-Dec-17 04:40:02

Try anything by Mo Hayder.

While not strictly horror, I would classify her books as a mix of thriller and horror - scary and creepy but also edge of your seat page turners that are just brilliant.

YoungYolandaYorgensen39 Mon 04-Dec-17 11:47:56

The Haunting of Hill House is nicely creepy in a similar way to The Woman in Black.

squirre1 Mon 04-Dec-17 14:00:59

I like Joe Hill. The heart shaped box was eerie

BabloHoney Tue 05-Dec-17 12:05:00

There is a great thread on Stephen King books on here, so many wonderful books to choose from!

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land or You by Caroline Kepnes - not horror as such, but very creepy.

VittysCardigan Tue 05-Dec-17 12:11:19

I came on to suggest Heart shaped Box by Joe Hill but have been beaten to it! (Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King)

I have just read & enjoyed Thin Air by Michelle Paver

LJ17xx Tue 05-Dec-17 17:00:56

Saw this post and was going to recommend the woman in black! Just finished this myself

LJ17xx Tue 05-Dec-17 17:02:01

I saw the book for the angel of death. Don't know how good it'll be though as I'm guessing it's a book of the film?

bobbyshafter Tue 05-Dec-17 17:06:50

Don't Look Now - a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. Creepy as.

Mulch Tue 05-Dec-17 18:30:39

I've just got daphnes Jamaica inn someone at work recommended her

Austentatious Tue 05-Dec-17 18:33:55

There's a fantastic book called Night Film by marisha pessl which I can't recommend highly enough. Set around horror movies but it's not horror fiction (I'm a wuss)

TheEagle Tue 05-Dec-17 18:38:20

Mo Hayder is certainly scary. Her novels also deal with very grim subject matter - paedophilia, incest, graphic accounts of murder/rape.

I felt sick after reading one of hers and I wish I’d never given the other one a go. Just to warn you!

I’ve seen House of Leaves recommended over and over as a scary one to try.

Matthorrors Fri 08-Dec-17 19:16:50

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theavianexecutioner Fri 08-Dec-17 19:19:23

Creed by James Herbert
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Synecdoche Fri 08-Dec-17 19:25:42

Michelle Paver, Dark Matter
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger
Susan Hill, Dolly

All fantastically creepy. Enjoy!

Hygge Fri 12-Jan-18 17:20:23

I liked The Ritual by Adam Neville

Licencedtodrill Fri 12-Jan-18 21:58:02

Michelle Paver Dark Matter
Stephen King Pet Semetary- both these sent a chill down my spine

DoctorTwo Fri 12-Jan-18 22:36:34

Every Dead Thing by John Connolly. Or any of the Charlie Parker series. The Black Angel is my favourite, there is a real sense of jeopardy towards the end and it has the best baddie in Brightwell.

TeaMeBasil Sat 13-Jan-18 20:15:56

Am a big fan of spooky but it's hard to find genuinely scary books - Dark Matter and Thin Air are the best scary books I've read recently - both Michelle Paver.

Dolly by Susan hill is nicely creepy.

MegBusset Sun 14-Jan-18 00:07:45

House Of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. Creepy as all fuck.

heron98 Tue 23-Jan-18 15:37:35

I have just finished Bird Box by Josh Malerman.

I am never normally scared when reading but I had to actually stop at one point as my heart was beating so fast.

Demiguisee Tue 30-Jan-18 13:51:28

Reiko: A Japanese Horror Story - James Avonleigh.

pollywollydoodle Tue 30-Jan-18 19:05:12

Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter And Thin Air are creepy ?ghost stories.
Both question whether an experience has supernatural or medical origins
Dark Matter is more subtle. I read it several years ago and parts of it are still quite vivid in my mind

pollywollydoodle Tue 30-Jan-18 19:11:10

Another I really enjoyed was The Shape Of Snakes by Minette Walters

hahahaIdontgetit Tue 30-Jan-18 19:26:36

James Herbert Haunted is brilliant.

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