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Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Paranye » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:29 pm

When I was reading through Antiq's thread about moments from Sir Terry's books that really stuck with people, I noticed that a good few of them were the grim, horrifying kind of moment - the death-roll in Jingo, the prisoners in Night Watch, things like that.

So, here's my question: what images in any books (Pratchett or otherwise) stuck with you because they horrified you, frightened you or gave you the shivers? They don't have to have literally given you nightmares, but they must have at least made you go :shock:

This isn't about the saddest moments in books, though there may be some overlap - it's about the gruesome ones. Here are a few of mine.

- The awful, seething mass of rats in The Amazing Maurice.
- The destruction of the Sandleford Warren in Watership Down.
- Maedhros, in the Silmarillion, hanging on Thangorodrim.

So what about you guys?

(If this ground has been covered or this isn't in the right place, do excuse me, I'm very new.)
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Quatermass » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:34 pm

Much of House of Leaves. Especially when it seems that you are reading the very book that sent someone to the brink of insanity, if not over it.
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Sister Jennifer » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:08 am

Gruesome -There's were parts in the Thomas Harris/Hannibal Lector books that had me thinking, you've got to be kidding. They were very good esp. Silence of the Lambs but I'd never read them again.

More recently there's a morgue scene in Let The Right One In that scared the be-jesus out of me.
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Quatermass » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:33 am

Sister Jennifer wrote:More recently there's a morgue scene in Let The Right One In that scared the be-jesus out of me.


Oh, yes, I remember that. :shock:
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Penfold » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:52 am

Excellent thread Paranye.

I guess mine would have to be the book version of "Alien", written by Alan Dean Foster and adapted from the movie. He describes in detail the 'Face-huggers' attack on Kane (John Hurt) and the way it forces its proboscis down his throat to impregnate him while Kane struggles to resist. :D
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Batty » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:06 am

The Haunting of Toby Jugg. It's too scary to read twice!! :scared-eek:
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Paranye » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:11 am

Thanks Penfold!

Sister Jennifer wrote:Gruesome -There's were parts in the Thomas Harris/Hannibal Lector books that had me thinking, you've got to be kidding. They were very good esp. Silence of the Lambs but I'd never read them again.


Oh man yes! The thing with the guy and his face and... urgh.

Stephen King has had his moments too, in pretty much all his books. Cheesy as some of them are, he has a way with imagery.

Oh I've got another one - in The Count of Monte Cristo, when he takes Albert and Franz to see the executions. Decapitation is NBD, but La Mazzolata? Ew.
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby raptornx01 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:28 am

The Warriors book series had a few disturbing scenes. now keep in mind, this is a series of kids books about clans of feral cats.

One scene has a character just after getting attacked by a dog. her friends finding half her face gone.

the worst one, and probably the worst scene i've read ever, is toward the end of the first 6 book series. let me put it this way. having 9 lives is great, assuming what took your first life away is fixed before you are brought back.

if you saw the ep of the newer twilight zone where Jason Alexander plays death who briefly retires, you have an idea of what i mean.
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Sister Jennifer » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:45 am

Paranye wrote:Oh man yes! The thing with the guy and his face and... urgh.

Stephen King has had his moments too, in pretty much all his books. Cheesy as some of them are, he has a way with imagery.


Yeah the face... brrrrrr :shock:

Stephen King is good gruesome though I think. One book of his that really freaked me was The Shining. I remember reading that on the couch one night ( I was about 16) and being too scared to get up and go to bed, so I sat on the couch all night. My Mum laughing at me the next morning. Of all the things in that book I think it was the bit with the topiary animals and whatever the hell was in the play tunnel.

What about The Raft & The Mist in his short stories? The bit in The Raft where that kid gets pulled through the boards? AND... Thinner? The guy with the zit curse? Whaaa!

Quatermass there's so many disturbing bits in Let The Right One In but I'd still highly recommend it. Maybe not to Twilight fans but what say you?

The trouble with this thread is I'm gonna have to find some of the books mentioned now :roll: .
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Paranye » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:00 am

raptornx01 wrote:the worst one, and probably the worst scene i've read ever, is toward the end of the first 6 book series. let me put it this way. having 9 lives is great, assuming what took your first life away is fixed before you are brought back.


Yeeeeeesh... I see what you mean.

Sister Jennifer, Thinner gave me the heebie-jeebies from start to finish! God that was scary... and the Judge turning all scaly, and the gypsy with the rotting nose, and that creepy pulsating pie. Ugh.

I love me some Stephen King. He gets a lot of stick for being trashy or whatever, and sure, not all his books are fantastic, but I think he's a much better writer than people give him credit for. He has a wonderful way of writing people - in particular I love the way he writes female characters. Have you read Rose Madder? That had some of those moments too - for some reason the idea of her kidneys constantly being in pain from years of being beaten really got to me!
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Quatermass » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:16 am

Sister Jennifer wrote:Quatermass there's so many disturbing bits in Let The Right One In but I'd still highly recommend it. Maybe not to Twilight fans but what say you?


I've read it already. Bloody disturbing, but excellent and touching, in a twisted kind of way.

I love this bit from The Stand by Stephen King.

The clocking sound was speeding up. A fast walk, a trot, a jog, run, sprint, and Bobby Terry got all the way around, too late, he was coming, Flagg was coming like some terrible horror monster out of the scariest picture ever made. The dark man's cheeks were flushed with jolly colour, his eyes were twinkling with happy good fellowship, and a hungry voracious grin stretched over his lips over huge tombstone teeth, shark teeth, and his hands were held out in front of him, and there were shiny black crowfeathers fluttering from his hair.

No, Bobby Terry tried to say, but nothing came out.

'HEY, BOBBY TERRY, YOU SCROOOOWED IT UP!' the dark man bellowed, and fell upon the hapless Bobby Terry.

There were worse things than crucifxion.

There were teeth.
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Antiq » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:31 am

I was about 15 when I read The Exorcist :lol: Yeah, that creeped me out back then. Wouldn't now.

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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby Catch-up » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:28 pm

Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I read that when I lived alone. Stupid! The part I remember getting to me the most was the scratching on the windows.

I also can't read any kind of serial killer books, fiction or non. There was one I tried to read by Dean Koontz that gave me panic attacks in just the first few pages.
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby deldaisy » Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:39 pm

A few King books scared me when I was a teen. I think its the teen years that this happens the most right?
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Re: Books that gave you nightmares!

Postby author3 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:42 pm

I've honestly never been scared of a book.I guess I'm pretty hard to scare.I hope don't sound cocky with this post but when I watch horror films (which I love) I hardly ever jump.
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