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i suddenly feel shitty after a whole day of being ubiquitously happy. wtf. took 5 hours to get the car stereo installed but totally worth it. thanks to judithiscariot for the free stuff and the kitten fondling. thursday night was spent at brickskeller with jeff who looked fucken awesome and i am very glad i got to see him. service was the WORST EVER though.

now i suddenly feel shitty and like i'm being ignored and my feelings are all sensitive... and i need to try to stay awake all night but all i really want to do is get under the covers and cry some.

instead of doing that i'll read, hopefully. i borrowed my roommate's copy of watcher in the wood and it's making for a nice light read, but it made me really want to read more spooky/scary books, and frankly i have been unable to come up with anything. tell me your favorite scary/spooky/suspenseful book!!! thank you.



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Nov. 15th, 2002 11:38 pm (UTC)
"My Gun Is Quick" by Mickey Spillane.
Nov. 15th, 2002 11:56 pm (UTC)
One of my favorites:
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Nov. 16th, 2002 04:01 am (UTC)
Not exactly scary or spooky, but definitely intriguing and quite disturbing in parts, The Wasp Factory, by Ian Banks. Two thumbs up.
Nov. 16th, 2002 06:34 pm (UTC)
The Wasp Factory is creepy, but excellent, like most of Banksie's stuff.

It's been so long since I've read a horror novel, that I cannot make a recommendation. It's not generally my genre of choice.
Nov. 16th, 2002 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Seconded!
It's not my genre of choice either; and strictly speaking I'm not really looking for a "horror" novel... just some suspense, perhaps some supernatural elements, something along the lines of "The Haunting of Hill House" or something by Barbara Vine... of course I seem to be the only person who's heard of Barbara Vine. Sigh.

Anyways, it's more of a... moody thing. I want something that's got atmosphere. :)
Nov. 16th, 2002 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Seconded!
Would that be _The Haunting of Hill House_ by Shirley Jackson, by any chance? (One of my favourites, of course.)
Nov. 16th, 2002 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Seconded!
Yes! That one! I've read her other stuff too. Well, okay, specifically "We Have Always Lived in the Castle". She is good at creating a scene.

I got a little tired of her short stories, though, and ended up not finishing the book of them.
Nov. 18th, 2002 09:17 pm (UTC)
Shirley Jackson
She had some good non-fiction, and her essays on writing (like how she got the idea for the house in _Haunting_) have stood the test of time for me. _Ordinary Day_ was much better than _The Lottery_ but _Raising Demons_ was probably my favourite. Kind of Erma Bombeckish in a way.

Nov. 19th, 2002 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: Shirley Jackson
I have a copy of _Life Among the Savages_ that I am very much looking forward to reading, myself. :)

This anonymous thing is making me crazy! I hope I have guessed who this is properly.
Nov. 17th, 2002 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: Seconded!
Well, there's always Lovecraft, which is rife with creepy, spooky atmosphere.

Of course now I'm thinking of Scream for Jeeves which is a fun book that blends P. G. Wodehouse and Lovecraft. Ahem.
Nov. 17th, 2002 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Seconded!
I haven't read Lovecraft... but you have definately caught my attention with the Wodehouse. I LOVE Wodehouse. I had never heard of this, I will have to seek it out immediately!
Nov. 16th, 2002 08:08 am (UTC)
Red Dragon -- Thomas Harris. Couldn't turn the lights out when I'd finished. ^_^
Nov. 16th, 2002 10:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm there... and for lack of something spooky I was just re-reading it. But alas, I have read all Thomas Harris has to offer. Blah.
Nov. 16th, 2002 11:23 am (UTC)
*hug* I was hoping to see you at the movie last night.

Reading Salem's Lot as a 12 year old, probably. Or Gerald's Game as a teenager. That fear of looking in your rearview mirror and seeing someone in the backseat has been since ingrained.

Nov. 16th, 2002 10:30 pm (UTC)
aww. :)

i wasn't at the movie because i wasn't all that into seeing the movie. i fear it'd ruin the magic of the books for me.

i ended up feeling better after i woke up and saw the sun. of course now it's dark again. bleah.
Nov. 17th, 2002 07:35 am (UTC)
Ahh, I understand.

I'm glad you seemed to be feeling better? It was a dreary, cold weekend.
Nov. 16th, 2002 12:20 pm (UTC)
One of the scariest children's books I ever read was called Jane-Emily. As for scary grownup books... Pet Sematary still ranks up there with me.
Nov. 16th, 2002 11:19 pm (UTC)
Man, I was drawing blanks on the phone yesterday on this.

The Dark Half by Stephen King. Which rules. (And I know you can borrow from Jen.)
Count Zero by William Gibson. Cyberpunky, but actually sp00ky in an odd was that sticks with me.
Nov. 16th, 2002 11:40 pm (UTC)
Why must everyone insist on suggesting King??? I mean, if people keep telling me to read his work I may just have to. Grr. I was just hoping for a more diverse selection that alot of Stephen King.

But, I know, that's his bag...

I *did* end up buying another Patrick McGrath book, but not Spider. I got something new called Martha Peake. Check it out.
Nov. 17th, 2002 10:23 am (UTC)
Recommending Clive Barker is only slightly less predictable than recommending Stephen King, but I feel the need to do so anyway. He has a wonderful and unique way of mixing horror with dark fantasy, particularly in some of his mid-career novels such as Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show, and Imajica. I'm rereading The Great and Secret Show right now, and will then read Everville, the second book in the (as yet, incomplete) trilogy... Plus, he's queer as a three dollar bill.
Nov. 17th, 2002 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
You know, I'm willing to give it a shot. Sometimes I feel like, "everbody reads [blah], so i'm going to not read it out of this stupid principle" and other times I feel like "everybody reads [blah], so it must be worth reading." I think I will arbitrarily choose the latter in this case.
Nov. 17th, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
More Stephen King
I'm not a huge King fan, but The Shining was wonderful.

Also, the Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty. You thought the movie was scary...
Nov. 17th, 2002 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: More Stephen King
Sadly, I have already covered the Exorcist territory. *sigh* It's hard to find a scary book to compare to that one, to be sure.
Nov. 18th, 2002 07:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry... More King
What can I say... I'm a mildly rabid SK fan.
(weirdness... there's a guy in the office named Steve King... there's a guy in the local anime fandom named Stephen King III... weird.)
Have been reading some of his older books more recently and deciding that... no, I definitey don't like all of King's stuff. Like Cujo. It's just a rabid dog. Whoopy.
and The Long Walk. um. bleh.

Though I absolutely loved Hearts in Atlantis. :-) Never got around to seeing the movie. Darnit.
Nov. 19th, 2002 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry... More King
But you people can't really be telling me that the only good spooky books you've ever read were by steven king!!!

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