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Can anyone reccomend a good spooky read.....

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Eaney Thu 21-Apr-05 17:51:04

Something along the lines of Woman in Black or something like the film The others.


FairyMum Thu 21-Apr-05 17:56:08

ooooo....for me too. I have been looking for really spooky book for ages. Love "woman in black" too!! Doesn'r Susan Hill write spooky books?

Dophus Thu 21-Apr-05 18:32:20

Rebecca - Daphne du Marier

Have you tied Wilkie Collins?


It seems to me that modern authors aren't writing spooky books. I shall watch this thread with interest.

Miaou Thu 21-Apr-05 18:40:00

I think a lot of Susan Hill books are spooky (not just in the ghosty sense either). I would recommend "I'm the King of the Castle" and "Gentlemen and Ladies" - my two Susan Hill favourites.

Wilkie Collins "The Moonstone" and "Woman in White" are really good too.

Not seen The Others - is that a supernatural type film/book too? Think dh has read it. If so, what about Stephen King? The Shining, Carrie, etc, all rocking good reads.

Lonelymum Thu 21-Apr-05 18:44:46

My mind must be going to mush: is there anything spooky in Women in White or Rebecca? I have read both within the last 5 years and can't remember anything spooky in them.

Haven't read Susuan Hill in years. Has she written anything recently worth reading?

Marina Thu 21-Apr-05 18:45:43

MR James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
Robertson Davies, High Spirits

Dophus Thu 21-Apr-05 18:49:37


to comment would give away the plots!

tiffini Thu 21-Apr-05 18:50:16

Dean Koontz, is a great author, i enjoy all of his books.

Marina Thu 21-Apr-05 18:54:24

Michael Crichton: Coma. Made into a SCARY film with Genevieve Bujold!

bundle Thu 21-Apr-05 18:57:13

btw, don't bother with Shadow of the Wind, it was acclaimed all over the place, but imo was pants and not at all scary

Eaney Thu 21-Apr-05 23:29:49

Thanks for the suggestions. I love a book or film that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. I agree there are not many modern spooky writers out there.

Which Dean Koontz book would you recommend?

I think I will give Wilkie Collins a try.

Thanks again.

moondog Thu 21-Apr-05 23:32:30

'A Fatal Inversion' and 'A Dark Adapted Eye' by Barbara Vine.

Sounds naff I know, but I think Stephen King's older stuff is cracking 'The Stand' springs to minds as absolutely unputdownable.

tiffini Fri 22-Apr-05 11:07:07

there are so many Dean Konntz books that are just brilliant, but a few of my favourites are,
The Taking
From the corner of his eye
False Memory

CathB2 Tue 26-Apr-05 09:45:32

I would highly recommend Phil Rickman, the Merrily Watkins novels which are sort of occult/crime and the others such as Crybe, man in the moss, the chalice etc which are just spooky.

CathB2 Tue 26-Apr-05 09:45:50

I would highly recommend Phil Rickman, the Merrily Watkins novels which are sort of occult/crime and the others such as Crybe, man in the moss, the chalice etc which are just spooky.

suzywong Wed 27-Apr-05 15:05:37

yes Marina! MR James really shows the rest how it's done, I didn't dare read the ^Whistle and I'll Come Running^ story.

I think it's out of print now but well worth scouting round for

I hear Woman in Black is a cracker too

Marina Wed 27-Apr-05 15:07:05

Urgh, Lost Hearts too, Suzy. Terrifying.
I don't think it was him but there is also a vintage horror called The Monkey's Paw.

suzywong Wed 27-Apr-05 15:07:09

yes yes to Dracula, fantastic parrallel narrative styles,

(sorry am reading thread backwards)

suzywong Wed 27-Apr-05 15:08:39

Lost Hearts, is that an MR James?

(you shoudl have seen the pair of garden spiders I unearthed today after a bit of digging - bloody hell)

Marina Wed 27-Apr-05 15:11:31

I will now have to leave this thread thanks to that Suzy!
Yes, Lost Hearts is. Was memorably filmed for one of those old BBC 2 late night Xmas Eve spooky dramas.
Are you sitting comfortably?

suzywong Wed 27-Apr-05 15:20:22

oh thanks for that I shall read it on the laptop in bed with the lights out!

binkie Wed 27-Apr-05 15:24:30

oh YES MR James

... the soft ineffectual pawing ...

Beloved gave me some creeps, too, but only the book - bit spoilt by the film which was too concrete

Amberlilli Wed 27-Apr-05 15:27:07

Just finished a fab book by Barbara Erskine called Midnight is a Lonely Place.
Could hardly put it down!!!!
Hence house work and children abandoned for whole weekend!!
If anyone wants it let me know!

suzywong Wed 27-Apr-05 15:29:37

I'll put that on my Library list amberlilli

yes the film of Beloved was a real pig's ear wasn't it, I've just read Toni Morrison's Love, which although not spooky is very very very good

binkie Wed 27-Apr-05 15:31:04

what about The Turn of the Screw? much much more than just a spooky story (and now that I have a boy and girl the age of the children ...)

in that case, the film (with Deborah whatsit, the black and white one) and/or the opera (so long as Jonathan whatsit - the one who actually looks undead - being Peter Quint) are equally chilling

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