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(Audible.com)   Since we're now in the month of Halloween lets share our favorite horror books/audiobooks. Link goes to the last horror book subby listened to and enjoyed   (audible.com) divider line
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2022-10-03 12:07:50 PM  
I have a few recommendations.  Most are audiobooks since I listen to them at work.  First - the High Moor series by Graeme Reynolds   I love werewolves but when I try to find werewolf horror books I usually just find werewolf romance novels (f*ck you Twilight for starting that trend).  I found a list of non-romance werewolf stories and that's where I found High Moor.  It's a very brutal story taking place in the UK, following 3 childhood friends and their experiences with werewolves.  This is not for the faint of heart.  It's gory.  It's brutal.  The author doesn't leave out details when someone gets eaten.  The narrator is fantastic although it does take a bit to get used to his accent.  I'm not sure if he's British or Irish but at times it's thick.

Next up is the Threshold Universe by Peter Clines.  They aren't straight up horror, more a mix of mystery, sci-fi, and horror (the exception being Dead Moon.  That's pretty much straight horror).  I found them to be extremely engrossing.  I love a good mystery and when you mix it with elder gods, well, that's a winner.  Narrated by Ray Porter, one of my favorite voice actors for audiobooks.

Lastly is the link in thread title.  Ghost Story is an old book, 1979, but ages very well.  A complex story, much more so than the movie, it unravels at a slow pace.  But the payoff is worth the wait.  Lots of genuine creepy moments.  This was the book that gained Peter Straub admiration for Stephen King.  Praise doesn't get much higher than that when you're a horror writer.

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2022-10-03 12:09:24 PM  
The reality we live in now is horror enough, thank you. I don't need a book to add to it.
 
2022-10-03 12:25:56 PM  
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
https://www.amazon.com/The-Picture-of-Dorian-Gray-audiobook/dp/B074ZPQX1Q

IT's been sanitized for movie and TV for decades.
However when uncensored.... it's a farken horror story. With privilaged manipulation, murder, gay stuff, unrequited love...and just farked up all the way around.

Stephen Fry does a great job narrating the Audiobook...and it's a horror story.

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2022-10-03 12:39:22 PM  
Goosebumps
 
2022-10-03 12:40:53 PM  
My favorite horror book is probably Hell House nothing beats a classic old dark house type story for me. Haunting of Hill House would be close behind.
 
2022-10-03 12:43:57 PM  
Poe.
 
2022-10-03 12:46:55 PM  
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2022-10-03 12:54:47 PM  

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2022-10-03 12:56:37 PM  
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2022-10-03 12:58:54 PM  
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2022-10-03 1:10:38 PM  
If you can get passed the rampant racism, Audible has HP Lovecraft's Necronomicon which is essentially just a collection of some of his more famous horror stories.

It's a phenomenal audiobook.
 
2022-10-03 1:13:05 PM  
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2022-10-03 1:13:50 PM  
House of Leaves is the scariest book I've lied about reading
 
2022-10-03 1:18:14 PM  
Read this in fourth grade. The stories were pretty creepy to a fourth grader.
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2022-10-03 1:27:45 PM  
I just finished We Have Always Lived In The Castle for the umpteenth time. It will always creep me out.
 
2022-10-03 1:29:54 PM  

Karma Chameleon: House of Leaves is the scariest book I've lied about reading


If you want to get in the mood to read it, listen to "Haunted", a biographical song by the author's sister about their dead father.

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2022-10-03 1:54:45 PM  

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This is mos def more fantasy along the lines of The Eyes of the Dragon, but it is very, very good so far.
 
2022-10-03 2:01:14 PM  

Ambitwistor: Karma Chameleon: House of Leaves is the scariest book I've lied about reading

If you want to get in the mood to read it, listen to "Haunted", a biographical song by the author's sister about their dead father.

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I really do want to, just get overwhelmed by it.
 
2022-10-03 2:08:36 PM  
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2022-10-03 2:22:06 PM  
I never thought Bigfoot (bigfoots/bigfeet?) was scary, probably due to a combination of Harry and the Hendersons and how his posture makes him look kind of stoned in that famous video footage. But I really liked this:

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By the author of World War Z(and Mel Brooks' son), it's really a sort of Lord of the Flies with really rich people, plus Bigfoot. Like World War Z,it's done as a series of interviews and diaries, and the audiobook has a pretty great cast for the various chapters and parts. I'm still not really scared of Bigfoot, but this book is probably about as close as I'm going to get.
 
2022-10-03 2:24:53 PM  

Badmoodman: The reality we live in now is horror enough, thank you. I don't need a book to add to it.


Thanks for coming into the thread and crapping all over it!  I'm glad you took the time to come in and whine.
 
2022-10-03 2:37:45 PM  
The God of The Razor by Joe Lansdale is awesome.

My Heart is A Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones is also incredible but hard to recommend because there's a lot of horror movie info dumps in it and if you're a fan that's great but I would imagine that would get exhausting to anyone else. Still once it gets going it's fantastic.

The Twisted Ones by T Kingfisher was also a recent favorite.

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This is mos def more fantasy along the lines of The Eyes of the Dragon, but it is very, very good so far.


The writing is really fluid but I felt disappointed as there's not really much of a story and King should really give up writing teenagers unless it's 90's or pre-90's. I didn't need the book to stop and explain to me why a 17 year old knew about every old media reference made.
 
2022-10-03 2:48:27 PM  

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This is mos def more fantasy along the lines of The Eyes of the Dragon, but it is very, very good so far.


Just finished that, loved it.
 
2022-10-03 2:57:12 PM  
I don't know if I'd call it my favorite, but something about Seed by Ania Ahlbhorn has stuck with me ever since I read it.
 
2022-10-03 3:19:17 PM  
The Graveyard Book: Chapter 1 | Read by Neil Gaiman
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2022-10-03 3:20:10 PM  

gonegirl: I never thought Bigfoot (bigfoots/bigfeet?) was scary, probably due to a combination of Harry and the Hendersons and how his posture makes him look kind of stoned in that famous video footage. But I really liked this:

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By the author of World War Z(and Mel Brooks' son), it's really a sort of Lord of the Flies with really rich people, plus Bigfoot. Like World War Z,it's done as a series of interviews and diaries, and the audiobook has a pretty great cast for the various chapters and parts. I'm still not really scared of Bigfoot, but this book is probably about as close as I'm going to get.


This audio book was crazy good fun. Excellent choice.
 
2022-10-03 4:24:20 PM  
Carpe Jugulum
 
2022-10-03 4:24:38 PM  
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Moody.

Clive Barker short story "Down, Satan!" Here's a soundcloud reading I found. It always gave me spooooky feelings:

https://soundcloud.com/helenlloydaudio/down-satan-from-the-books-of-blood-by-clive-barker
 
2022-10-03 4:38:18 PM  
I remember listening to Stephen King read his short story 1408.  Scared the living crap outta me.  I t was the middle of the day, and I was listening to it with headphones and with my eyes closed.  I kept having to open my eyes to reassure myself that I was safe at home.
 
2022-10-03 4:47:17 PM  
Vincent Price - Tales of Witches, Ghosts and Goblins (1972) Full LP
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I used to listen to this a lot as a kid
 
2022-10-03 5:15:41 PM  
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This is my favorite this year.
previous book Groggle's Monster Valentine is just as cute.
 
2022-10-03 5:33:09 PM  
Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer. The first time I read it when I got to the end I realized that I didn't know what had happened because I had been in a trance through the whole thing. So I read it again. Another trance. Still didn't know what had happened. Third time I finally got it. Then I discovered that many other readers have had the same experience. Now I want to read it again but I'm scared to.

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2022-10-03 6:26:18 PM  
Lovecraft is really good at horror, hence the cultural impact of chuthulu et al, but be warned that the scariest part of most stories is the bigotry.
 
2022-10-03 6:55:31 PM  

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Moody.

Clive Barker short story "Down, Satan!" Here's a soundcloud reading I found. It always gave me spooooky feelings:

https://soundcloud.com/helenlloydaudio/down-satan-from-the-books-of-blood-by-clive-barker


I'm reading Hex right now.  I really like it. It's really good at building a sense of dread but still has a bit of a sense of humor.
 
2022-10-03 7:22:50 PM  
Watership Down
 
2022-10-03 7:28:03 PM  

Madstand: Badmoodman: The reality we live in now is horror enough, thank you. I don't need a book to add to it.

Thanks for coming into the thread and crapping all over it!  I'm glad you took the time to come in and whine.


Sometimes ya just gotta take a big old dump on an innocent group of enthusiasts.
 
2022-10-03 7:37:01 PM  

Driedsponge: If you can get passed the rampant racism, Audible has HP Lovecraft's Necronomicon which is essentially just a collection of some of his more famous horror stories.

It's a phenomenal audiobook.


HorrorBabble's COMPLETE CTHULHU MYTHOS by H. P. Lovecraft
Youtube UJDIvebdG8U
22 hour goodness.
 
2022-10-03 8:11:03 PM  

Fast Talkin Fanny: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer. The first time I read it when I got to the end I realized that I didn't know what had happened because I had been in a trance through the whole thing. So I read it again. Another trance. Still didn't know what had happened. Third time I finally got it. Then I discovered that many other readers have had the same experience. Now I want to read it again but I'm scared to.

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that whole series was something else. I did the trance thing as well I think cause I barely remember any of the books despite actively trying to translate the first one into a tabletop game at one point.
 
2022-10-03 9:57:14 PM  

Fast Talkin Fanny: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer. The first time I read it when I got to the end I realized that I didn't know what had happened because I had been in a trance through the whole thing. So I read it again. Another trance. Still didn't know what had happened. Third time I finally got it. Then I discovered that many other readers have had the same experience. Now I want to read it again but I'm scared to.

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Same here, glad it was not just me.

A similar thread from years ago recommended Naomi's Room and it scared me and farked me up. I also recommend The Ritual, another recommendation. Thank you farkers for these recommendations and ensuing nightmares.
 
2022-10-03 10:30:38 PM  

Fast Talkin Fanny: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer. The first time I read it when I got to the end I realized that I didn't know what had happened because I had been in a trance through the whole thing. So I read it again. Another trance. Still didn't know what had happened. Third time I finally got it. Then I discovered that many other readers have had the same experience. Now I want to read it again but I'm scared to.

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I very much enjoyed the movie and have been meaning to read the book. What you describe sounds interesting.

Doesn't really sound scary, though. I wonder if it's a case of the book causing your imagination to stir to distraction. That happens to me a lot when reading, especially when I'm tired. Something on the page sets me off in thought and, while I continue reading, my mind is actually mulling over this idea. A few pages later, I realize I have no idea what I've read and so I have to flip back and read it again.

Annihilation sounds like this on a whole book scale.
 
2022-10-03 10:44:28 PM  
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2022-10-04 12:39:09 AM  

Mrs. Snipes: HedlessChickn: Jake Havechek: [Fark user image 364x400]

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This is mos def more fantasy along the lines of The Eyes of the Dragon, but it is very, very good so far.

Just finished that, loved it.


You know that was Stephen King that did the audio tape portion of the book right?

I laughed my ass off as soon as he started speaking.

It was just a neat touch.
 
2022-10-04 1:22:41 AM  
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But, for a more lighthearted yet still mildly gory series: Rick Gualtieri's "Bill of the Dead". Or if you wanna see how badly Syfy can assfark a book-to-series, "The Fat Vampire", which the upcoming "Reginald the Vampire" w/Ned from Spiderman is the lead on, is based on.
 
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2022-10-04 10:36:37 PM  
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  I read this years ago and my son just finished the audiobook.  He definitely enjoyed it.
 
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