Horror novels that kept you awake at night...

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  1. M o A

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    There's nothing like a good thrill, but it's hard to come by when you get older, so when I read Dathan Auerbach's Penpal a few months ago I was kind of ecstatic to discover that horror novels could do this. I have been ignoring horror fiction my whole life and have a new found interest, I am to ordering House of Leaves soon but wanted to add a few extra books to my Horror wishlist on Amazon...I'm not asking for any horror novel, I'm asking you which books kept you up at night/scared...
     
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    The original childs play. I had anthropomorphic nightmares for years after that.


    Edit: books. Got it- "night of the living dummy" by RL stein
     
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    Back when I was in school, Pet Sematary and Salem's Lot gave me shivers.
     
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    Some people will make fun of me for this but Mothman Prophecies scared the shot out of me. It made me keep every light on in the house.
     
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    Helter Skelter. First time I read it, scared me to death.
     
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    Anyone recommended a great horror novel written in 1st person?
     
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    Of the top of my head

    The Outsider

    By HP lovecraft

    not really a novel though , short story , can probly find it online as pdf or some such.

    When I read The Dunwich Horror

    I actually did wake up later that night thinking I could hear that massive slithering head slide across the country side near my bedroom window.

    Was scary indeed.
     
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    american psycho comes to mind. its not "keep you up at night" scary however it did make me feel like i had become more of a psychopath after spending the time reading all that crazy shit in the first person. I was scared of myself for a little while...
     
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    The only book that ever kept me awake, was House of Leaves, only, turns out, it's not a horror novel.
     
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    Hey OP thanks for bringing penpal to my attention. Just ordered it on Amazon
     
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    The Amityville Horror and Salem's Lot freaked me out when I was a kid.
     
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    It. Petrified me.

    I also found The Da Vinci Code unnerving. I wound up reading it throughout the night rather than try to go to sleep.

    There was also a creepy thread about celebrity CTs that freaked me out.
     
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    Pet Cemetery tripped me out as well.
     
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    American Psycho is a great book.. As good as the movie was, it doesn't do the novel justice
     
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    The author's way of writing is very systematic, it's not akin to conventional horror, i.e. - gore, blood etc...just that the entire time you're thinking What's going to happen? Be sure to read it at night, and get back to me when you're done reading it!
     
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    Salem's Lot and It
     
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    Plus one on this. That scene where the kid hears the voices coming up from the sink plughole...:eek:
     
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    "It" creeped me out pretty good.
     
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    Tim Curry was pretty unnerving as Pennywise in the mini series as well...:eek:
     
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    I hear you TS... As an adult it is hard to get scared.

    I loved that about being a kid -scary films/scary books!

    Don't have any books that I know of off the top of my head that will "scare you" but some of the Stephen King books are quite creepy... I just finished Salems Lot not that long ago.
     

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