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The Polish Pirate
Apr 4, 2005

How many Polacks does it take to captain a pirate ship? One.

Owlkill posted:

Does anyone have recommendations for sea/underwater-themed horror? Don't mind whether it's short stories or longer-form stuff - just tried scuba diving for the first time and it have me a horrors-from-the-depths itch

Last time I read "Sphere" was 20 years ago, but I remember being pretty creeped out by it.

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The Polish Pirate
Apr 4, 2005

How many Polacks does it take to captain a pirate ship? One.

Finished a few horror novels as that's generally all I read in September and October:

North American Lake Monsters: Loved most of this collection. Wish Ballingrud had more satisfying endings in general, but pretty incredible mood setting.

Wounds: Slight preference to this over NALM, but definitely different vibe. First and last stories were so loving great, and I wish I could read longer stories set in that world.

Institute and Firestarter: Agree with all the previous comments about both especially regarding their endings.

Song for the Unraveling of the World: Didn't love this. Started out with a pretty creepy atmosphere, but the rest felt like a kinda bad Ballingrud knock-off. Was pretty bored by the end.

Intensity: Only my second ever Koontz novel (with Phantoms back in middle school being my first). Definitely gripping and enjoyed the Edgler Vess character. Any recommendations from this crew on other Koontz books worth reading? Maybe less serial killer, more supernatural?

The Polish Pirate
Apr 4, 2005

How many Polacks does it take to captain a pirate ship? One.

Sounds like I should leave Koontz alone for a while. I've gone through basically every recommendation in this thread so I was hungry for a bit more horror.

Currently reading The Troop, but I'm too early into it to know how good it is yet.

The Polish Pirate
Apr 4, 2005

How many Polacks does it take to captain a pirate ship? One.

COOL CORN posted:

I would switch to an ereader but I hate reading on a screen. I guess I could get a Kindle Paperwhite but I'm a dirty commie who doesn't want to give Amazon the money for all my ebooks :/

Buy a used Kindle and then get all your e-books from the library. It's what I do, and Amazon gets none of my bucks.

Read Whisper Man on the rec of someone who said it was really scary. It was not. Outsider by King did a much better job of having creepy people outside of windows.

The Polish Pirate
Apr 4, 2005

How many Polacks does it take to captain a pirate ship? One.

GrandpaPants posted:

I finished reading The Cipher. I liked the first parts of it where they were investigating the Funhole and something resembling a mystery and horror stuff was happening. But then the next two thirds of the book was about a tedious toxic relationship and the Funhole seemed secondary to it. The main character seemed adamantly opposed to doing anything, which kills a lot of motivation for me, the reader, to care about the story. The book eventually felt like I was reading the same plot beat over and over again and then the book ends.

I felt the exact same way. I much prefered The Visible Filth even though I know it's not one of the favorites in Wounds.

Halfway through Carrier Wave right now, and I'm absolutely loving it. Every story is so instantly engaging and so intense. Hope this keeps up as this is my favorite horror reading experience since Wounds.

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