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2012-12-02 03:15:21 AM  
Yeah, Piggy's death in Lord of the Flies has always freaked me out. My 7th (8th?) grade teacher made me read it out loud in class. Pretty graphic death, and especially horrible when it happens to a schoolkid just like you.
 
2012-12-02 03:29:11 AM  
Clearly, someone hasn't read Steven Erikson.

You could put together a top forty list just from the Malazan Books of the Fallen.
 
2012-12-02 05:51:45 AM  
I confess that Easton-Ellis is a guilty pleasure of mine. But that scene with the rodent and the PVC is just...man that was just disturbing.
 
2012-12-02 07:40:48 AM  

dickfreckle: I confess that Easton-Ellis is a guilty pleasure of mine. But that scene with the rodent and the PVC is just...man that was just disturbing.


Habitrails for the win!!
 
2012-12-02 09:43:32 AM  
I would put little Stanislovas' death from The Jungle (Upton Sinclair). Poor kid passed out from sickness/hunger on the floor of the factory and was eaten by rats. That freaked me out as a 4th grader.

I suppose Jesus got it pretty bad in The Bible (various authors) as well.
 
2012-12-02 09:43:55 AM  
That is a pretty weak list. I haven't read American Psycho, but I'm pretty sure axe to the face isn't the worst in that book.

Also, where is Lovecraft?
 
2012-12-02 09:45:07 AM  
Quite a lot of sad-but-not-really-gruesome deaths in there.
 
2012-12-02 09:46:02 AM  
I always skimmed through the gore when I read American Psycho. After reading the first bit of blood and guts I decided I didn't want that stuff knocking around in my head.
 
2012-12-02 09:46:11 AM  
Wow, a lot of crappy ones on that list. Somehow they think Dumbledore and Gollum' deaths were gruesome. I would consider those pretty clean, even for a young reader.

And how can they pick the clean death in a car accident of the antagonist in the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, rather than the horrific rape/murders he committed?

It's been a long time since I've read American Psycho, so I can't remember, does he kill the woman he tortures with the rat? Because that was pretty much the most horrific thing I've ever read. Definitely worse than the axe to the head they used as an example. But if she somehow survived, I guess it wouldn't count.
 
2012-12-02 09:47:42 AM  

The Slush: That is a pretty weak list. I haven't read American Psycho, but I'm pretty sure axe to the face isn't the worst in that book.


Not even close. However, if I had to do it over again, I'd have skipped the book. It just kept bouncing from unrelentingly gruesome to mind-numbingly boring.

It's one of the few instances where I thought the movie was much better than the book.
 
2012-12-02 09:54:08 AM  

Elliott Smith Reference: I always skimmed through the gore when I read American Psycho. After reading the first bit of blood and guts I decided I didn't want that stuff knocking around in my head.


The gore is the only thing worth reading in that over-rated piece of shiat.
 
2012-12-02 09:54:11 AM  
What about Kid Sampson's haircut-via-airplane-propeller in Catch 22?
 
2012-12-02 10:00:04 AM  

Elliott Smith Reference: I always skimmed through the gore when I read American Psycho. After reading the first bit of blood and guts I decided I didn't want that stuff knocking around in my head.


Wise on your part.

Fortunately, I've forgotten all the details and how disturbing they were.

*shudder*
 
2012-12-02 10:03:42 AM  
I was disappointed to not see Book Of Negroes on that list. The entire riot scene on the slave ship with the babies being torn in half, was one of the most disturbing things I've ever read.
 
2012-12-02 10:05:14 AM  
Basically every death in Infinite Jest was more gruesome than the majority of those on the list. David Foster Wallace was a weird (but brilliant) dude.
 
2012-12-02 10:06:59 AM  
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2012-12-02 10:07:12 AM  

Madbassist1: The gore is the only thing worth reading in that over-rated piece of shiat.


I wouldn't call it over-rated, but IMHO the gore distracted from what I saw as the real theme in the book, which was a guy who was so numbed to humanity that he only saw people in terms of what they wore or owned. That's what I'm left with, anyway.
 
2012-12-02 10:09:07 AM  
A Thousand Deaths

// Sweet dreams
 
2012-12-02 10:09:21 AM  

stoli n coke: The Slush: That is a pretty weak list. I haven't read American Psycho, but I'm pretty sure axe to the face isn't the worst in that book.

Not even close. However, if I had to do it over again, I'd have skipped the book. It just kept bouncing from unrelentingly gruesome to mind-numbingly boring.

It's one of the few instances where I thought the movie was much better than the book.


She really really really really really liked reading American Psycho (video SFW, but you should use headphones or close the door)
 
2012-12-02 10:11:55 AM  
I'll just say that *Spoiler*....

Rubin's in Where the Red Ferns Grows was a migraine inducing yet wonderful passage to read while I was 8 to 10. Don't remember precise age
 
2012-12-02 10:15:16 AM  
More like a list of deaths that someone remembered from a bunch of books someone read. Literature is big.
 
2012-12-02 10:18:26 AM  
Moriarty falling down a waterfall was gruesome? I'm sure it wasn't pleasant for Moriarty but "gruesome" is a bit much.
 
2012-12-02 10:19:05 AM  
Glad to see the skinning scene from Wind-up Bird Chronicle listed.
 
2012-12-02 10:22:08 AM  

The Slush: Also, where is Lovecraft?


This. A short list compiled from memory:
Herbert West - Reanimator - title character is torn apart by zombies
The Rats in the Walls - Narrator eats his friend
The Color out of Space - People are literally dissolved by a sentient beam of light
Cool Air - Doctors body rapidly decomposes when his air conditioning cuts out

and so on
 
2012-12-02 10:36:03 AM  
MagSeven: I would put little Stanislovas' death from The Jungle (Upton Sinclair). Poor kid passed out from sickness/hunger on the floor of the factory and was eaten by rats. That freaked me out as a 4th grader.

I'm more freaked out by the idea of you reading The Jungle in the 4th grade.
 
2012-12-02 10:36:29 AM  
No love for anyone killed by Reavers? If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing - and if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order
 
2012-12-02 10:42:06 AM  
Of all the options for a Stephen King entry, they chose an undead character? Should have been Randall Flagg. That was uncomfortable to read.
 
2012-12-02 10:42:18 AM  

Oldiron_79: No love for anyone killed by Reavers? If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing - and if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order


40 Most Gruesome Deaths in Literature

Calm down, fanboy.
 
2012-12-02 10:43:59 AM  

Barricaded Gunman: MagSeven: I would put little Stanislovas' death from The Jungle (Upton Sinclair). Poor kid passed out from sickness/hunger on the floor of the factory and was eaten by rats. That freaked me out as a 4th grader.

I'm more freaked out by the idea of you reading The Jungle in the 4th grade.


I remember getting a big list of around 100 books and we had to read and write a report on 4 of them before the end of the year. The Jungle was my second pick. It took me about a month to read and it was nothing like I expected it to be. I was expecting, you know, a jungle! Looking back I know I didn't really understand the political themes, just that bad things were happening to good people. That's what my report was mainly about.
 
2012-12-02 10:50:14 AM  

Tax Boy: stoli n coke: The Slush: That is a pretty weak list. I haven't read American Psycho, but I'm pretty sure axe to the face isn't the worst in that book.

Not even close. However, if I had to do it over again, I'd have skipped the book. It just kept bouncing from unrelentingly gruesome to mind-numbingly boring.

It's one of the few instances where I thought the movie was much better than the book.

She really really really really really liked reading American Psycho (video SFW, but you should use headphones or close the door)


That's awesome
 
2012-12-02 10:51:29 AM  
Bunny Corcoran's death (and its aftermath) in The Secret History wasn't gruesome, it was satisfying.
 
2012-12-02 10:52:30 AM  
For the love of God, Montresor!

Not gruesome but possibly my favourite.
 
2012-12-02 10:55:51 AM  

Uncle Tractor: Madbassist1: The gore is the only thing worth reading in that over-rated piece of shiat.

I wouldn't call it over-rated, but IMHO the gore distracted from what I saw as the real theme in the book, which was a guy who was so numbed to humanity that he only saw people in terms of what they wore or owned. That's what I'm left with, anyway.


I thought American Psycho was way all over the place. I thought its commentary was interesting, but I would agree that it was too often concealed by its violence. I also thought the nebulous "Was it Fantasy?" ending* was extremely half-assed and felt more like the author didn't know how to end the story. Also the use of italics in the book was just odd; it emphasised every other word and it made me read the character as if they were talking like Napoleon Dynamite characters.


*though I should add that I think the movie was generally done better and that the ending feels a bit more concrete, albeit still somewhat half-assed, in that Patrick did kill those people, but the crimes were covered up as some kind of half-assed metaphor for preferential treatment among the Wall Street elite, or something...
 
2012-12-02 10:59:47 AM  
Anna Karenina on there? Yes? OK, I approve of this list.
 
2012-12-02 11:03:17 AM  
I recommend Filth by Irvine Welsh. Quite the ending.
 
2012-12-02 11:06:40 AM  
Mahomed getting the hotpot in Rider Haggard's She was pretty disturbing. Probably should have made the list.
 
2012-12-02 11:25:22 AM  
NO The Painted Bird? If I recall correctly, a prostitute gets a glass bottle full of manure shoved into her vagina and then gets her pelvis stomped on.
 
2012-12-02 11:26:46 AM  
Fail list fails.
 
2012-12-02 11:29:25 AM  
The 40 most gruesome noteworthy violent deaths in literature. Stand up Bateman, take a bow
 
2012-12-02 11:30:52 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: What about Kid Sampson's haircut-via-airplane-propeller in Catch 22?


Was worse in the movie to me for some reason...
 
2012-12-02 11:31:43 AM  
no entombed alive? fail. that is a horrible death to suffer.
 
2012-12-02 11:36:53 AM  
Lenny's death in Of Mice & Men was quick & clean.
Pa Finn--same thing(Huckleberry Finn).
Where's Edward II?
 
2012-12-02 11:39:02 AM  
 
2012-12-02 11:46:14 AM  

SlothB77: no entombed alive? fail. that is a horrible death to suffer.


That's bad but if you're in a coffin you'd suffocate within about 25 minutes according to what I've heard. It would be a panicky, desperate 25 minutes but there a lot more painful ways to go. Being walled up Edgar Allen Poe style would be a little longer.
 
2012-12-02 11:46:24 AM  

dickfreckle: I confess that Easton-Ellis is a guilty pleasure of mine. But that scene with the rodent and the PVC is just...man that was just disturbing.


I own two of his books but never read them. Whenever I see the titles all I can think of is Easton-Ellis as a bitter old queen banging twinks a dozen at a time and trolling twitter. Which kind of ruins any possible enjoyment I would get out of the books.
 
2012-12-02 11:53:46 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: Of all the options for a Stephen King entry, they chose an undead character? Should have been Randall Flagg. That was uncomfortable to read.


ladyfingers they taste like ladyfingers
 
2012-12-02 12:04:05 PM  
Patrick Hostetter in It always grossed me out.
 
2012-12-02 12:05:49 PM  

SlothB77: no entombed alive? fail. that is a horrible death to suffer.


At least he was drunk on Amontillado.
 
2012-12-02 12:07:57 PM  
For me, it's the scene in Catch 22, where the low flying plane's propellor hits Hungry Joe and only his legs are still standing for a moment.
 
2012-12-02 12:17:01 PM  
I'm surprised that one guy from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle didn't make it. He slipped and fell into a rendering cauldron at a rendering plant and was cooked to death in boiling pig fat.
 
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