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Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

Hmm, what have we here?

Iím looking for a good supernatural spooky book to read while itís cold and rainy out this week.

For reference, The Shining is my favorite in the genre Iím looking at, not just for the haunted aspects but the secluded setting in an interesting place. He took what sounds like the coziest vacation ever and twisted it into a nightmare and I loved that.

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Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Sounds perfect. Just bought it.

Gracias, friends!

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Iíve started it and Iím liking it but now that Iíve noticed the similarity I have to ask: how ruined is this book for me if Iíve seen the sorta bad Liam Neeson movie The Haunting?

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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fauna posted:

dammit i believe in the power of love

dad has always gifted me books so i just want to return the favour :( whenever my brother and i went to his house for summer holidays, he would give me a "christmas" present of a retired library book from the library where he worked, and would encourage me to read it as quickly as possible so he could take it back and then give it as a "christmas" present to my brother. that's how i developed my incredible speed-reading skills, trying to read while dad hovered around the door going "are you done yet? are you done yet? are you done yet??" taught me to churn through a medium-length novel in like an hour

Does your dad like Something Wicked this way Comes?

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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It took me awhile to actually get started with the holiday season being in full swing but Iím about halfway through Hill House and Iím liking it a lot. The first night setting of a secluded mansion in the hills with dark windowless rooms surrounding a single lit fireplace is so cozy and creepy at the same time. Just my stuff.

Good rec, people. Good rec.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

Hmm, what have we here?

Finally got around to finishing Hill House. I liked it! Thanks for the recommendations, thread.

So if that and The Shining are my favorite spooky books, whatís next? My favorite aspect of a horror is the setting, specifically pretty, secluded places.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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chernobyl kinsman posted:

mcdowell's the elementals

Googled, bought, loaded.

Iíll start it tonight :)

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Thatís really cool because I hadnít heard of him previously but Iím about 20% into Elementals and Iím really liking it. Easy to read and unsettling. Hope it keeps up.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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While Iím not done reading The Elementals, I am definitely done reading it before bed.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Iím 80% through The Elementals and Iím going to want to know what of his to read next.

The supernatural bits of this book work so well with the geographical setting, I love it.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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COOL CORN posted:

I haven't read The Elementals yet, so hell yeah now I can't wait

Iím liking it more than I liked hill house.

COOL CORN posted:

Yeah I'm about halfway through it and it's insanely good. I mean, it's 90% southern gothic family politics, and 10% terror, but it's still a really good read.

Awesome. I love when an author clicks and itís just like ďnext book!Ē

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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drat Blackwater is 6 books?

And you all say Iíll like it if Elementals was an A+?

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Ok I just finished Elementals. That was a great recommendation, it had me gripped and was exactly what I was asking for.

Kudos for the pick, chernobyl kinsman!

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Mel Mudkiper posted:

I have a theory

There are actually two supernatural forces at play in the story one is that the family is cursed by the dead wife who ate her own baby. That is why the ending line of "these babies are Savages" is meant to suggest that they have inherited a sort of darkness from the family legacy that will pass down the generations.

The elementals, on the other hand, are simply a supernatural force of nature that are empowered by being near the curse. If the Savages were not near those houses, the Elementals would never show up or care. Its also why the oil company never had a problem with the area after the Savages sold the land. Its not enough for the elementals to be present, they have to be present around a darkness to empower them, which the Savages have


Alternatively, who cares spooky don't need answers

I took it as a mini-twist that the babies had something off about them. Sorta opens the door to what youíre saying, that the family brings their own supernatural factors to the table. It would explain things like the mortar around the motherís casket being cracked in the mausoleum and the bird who doesnít talk saying one single ominous thing.

The girl eating that womanís eyes to gain her sight was pretty metal.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Iím here for more horror recs :goleft:

I like King, specifically The Shining and earlier stuff, Hill House was good and I love The Elementals. IĎve also been picking through Nathan Ballingrud short stories and finding them hit or miss, but some are good (what the hell is up with the one about angels?)

I want to read the whole Blackwater saga but Iím giving myself a short break from McDowell before tackling it.

Thinking about Let the Right One in, Ive never read it.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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The Goodread reviews are up there, nice.

Am I supposed to go into it not knowing if itís supernatural or just creepy death-culty? Trying to ask that without spoiling anything.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Ornamented Death posted:

I don't think the blurb gives away anything, you can read that I guess?

All of the blurbs Iíve read make it seem scary, unsettling, this and that but Iím wondering if I should expect a creepy realistic thriller or a supernatural/ghost story going into it.

Iím also trying to be careful in case answering that would be a spoiler, like if thereís a question throughout the story of ďwow is this religious cult onto somethingĒ that gets answered later on.

Edit: because I may be wording myself badly, I consider supernatural horror and non-supernatural horror two very different things and I donít like finding out halfway through, unless itís intentionally misleading from the author, that Iím expecting the wrong thing.

Rolo fucked around with this message at 05:08 on Jun 30, 2020

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Ornamented Death posted:

Oh I gotcha. It's explicitly supernatural from the getgo.

Thanks friend! Iím sold, Iíll get started on it today.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Iím a third into Devilís Creek and Iím definitely liking it.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Relax Or DIE posted:

just started reading The Elementals and it's much funnier than I expected it to be

Such a good book though. I really enjoyed it.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Mannequins are scary!

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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I look for it everywhere so yeah.

And now I just learned that Night Breed was based on a Clive Barker book that got pretty good reviews. Dang I think Iíll get it.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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That has to be a little on purpose, right?

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Fitzy Fitz posted:

I started reading NALM today and it's very good.

Iím excited to see how they do the first story with the waitress in live action.

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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Sounds like the general consensus is I should get Wounds if I liked most of NALM?

Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

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I am definitely down for hell skulls.

Iím finishing Devils Creek today so Iím looking for whatís next. It was good, not amazing. Itís a fun easy read but Iím at the end of the book and I donít really care much about any of the characters or the town.

I was much more invested when I read Hill House, The Shining or The Elementals. Finishing those was bittersweet, this one not as much.

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Rolo
Nov 16, 2005

Hmm, what have we here?

This beer I was drinking last night was giving me some serious Devils Creek vibes.

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