Add to Bag. His characters and narrators tend towards the mentally fragile and the insane, people who are haunted by things that might be literal or might be manifestations of their unsound thought processes. Either way, stories like The Tell-Tale Heart or The Cask of Amontillado retain their power to petrify more than a century-and-a-half after their publication because Poe tapped into the fundamental fear we all have that the world and people around us are not what they seem. House of Leaves , by Mark Z.
Danielewski Put simply, House of Leaves is one of the most frightening books ever written. From a fairly standard horror premise a house is revealed to be slightly larger on the inside than is strictly possible Danielewski spins out a dizzying tale involving multiple unreliable narrators, typographic mysteries, and looping footnotes that manage to drag the reader into the story and then make them doubt their own perception of that story.
So many threads tie into the terror, from the emotional and economic uncertainty of a struggling young couple to the simple fear any mother has for their child, all expertly knotted into a story that will keep you awake at night. Shirley Jackson, however, was no ordinary writer, and she takes the concept of the haunted house and perfects it. The Haunting of Hill House is simply the best haunted house story ever written.
You look into the abyss at the center of this novel and the abyss looks back.
We Need to Talk About Kevin , by Lionel Shriver Another story centered on the terror of children, the horror inherent in this story comes from the fact that the human beings we create eventually become their own people—and possibly strangers to us. What if your child— your child —is a blank monster?
The investigation into the tape and how to avoid this grim fate leads to what remains an incredibly shocking backstory involving rape, smallpox, and a forgotten well. The episodic nature of the story is ideal for the effect he achieves; the narrator tells of being a young boy and sending a penpal request attached to a balloon with his classmates, including his best friend Josh.
A series of tragic and strange things happen to him and everyone around him, building a sense of dread that is only increased when the truth is revealed.
When one of their puppets murders someone, the person with The Ability is invigorated and strengthened. From that simple idea King ramps up to a climax that gets under your skin in a fundamental way most horror stories fail to. Blindness , by Jose Saramago Helplessness is a key factor in a lot of horror; most people labor under the delusion that they are in charge of their destiny and their lives, and horror is often effective simply by reminding us how little control we actually have. The brutality and descent into animalistic madness is all too realistic, and Saramago manages to capture the terrifying confusion and helplessness experienced by people in a society that no longer functions.
Exquisite Corpse , by Poppy Z.
Bradbury knows the worst horror in the world is losing the natural order of your life, and perfectly captures the combination of dread and excitement everyone experiences as they crack the mysteries separating them from adulthood. Hell House , by Richard Matheson What Matheson taps into in this classic haunted house story is the universal fear that we are already lost, already broken.
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