Books That Gave Me Nightmares

Any book that gave you a bad dream.
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message 1: by Jane (new)

Jane Haase The Exorcist, William Blatty


message 2: by Julie (new)

Julie Yes, why isn't The Exorcist on the list? That's the first book I thought of. Couldn't turn off my lights at night while reading that book. It CREEPED ME OUT!


message 3: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda Why are the Twilight books on the list unless it's meant in the sense of them being that "bad" rather than scary 'cause they're not scary at all!


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily  O Rhonda wrote: "Why are the Twilight books on the list unless it's meant in the sense of them being that "bad" rather than scary 'cause they're not scary at all!"
I know! I hope it's because they're so terribly written. If someone actually finds those books to be scary they need to grow a pair.




message 5: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Rhonda wrote: "Why are the Twilight books on the list unless it's meant in the sense of them being that "bad" rather than scary 'cause they're not scary at all!"

Agreed. I think some teenies feel compelled to add those books to every list regardless of their relevance. Annoying. I wish there was a vote down or vote against button.


message 6: by Richelle (new)

Richelle T. Stephen King's Salem Lot should be on the list. I saw the movie when I was a little girl and it scared the daylights out of me. I couldn't sleep for months. I'm a big Stephen Kings fan and he's had a couple of books that are pretty out there.


message 7: by Richelle (new)

Richelle T. Salem's Lot by Stephen King


message 8: by Lily (new)

Lily Phantoms by Dean Koontz was the first thriller book I ever read and I loved it! I read it like when i was in seventh grade, but i had no nightmares. I don't know why. It did creep me out though



message 9: by Travis (new)

Travis No Ann Coulter books made this list?



message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Richelle wrote: "Salem's Lot by Stephen King"

That scared me but Dracula scared me even more so much I was unable to finish it. And then Anne Rice......terrifying!


message 11: by Travis (new)

Travis Now, Dracula and Salem's Lot, yes, but I never found Anne Rice that scary.


message 12: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 02, 2010 07:45PM) (new)

Jane wrote: "The Exorcist, William Blatty"

The Exorcist was so scary I couldn't even go to see it!! I just heard the stories and stayed away. I wouldn't dare to read the book but I love the music Tubular Bells which does not remind me of the movie. (so glad about that)


message 13: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Double Identity? That's, like, a kid's book...


message 14: by Josh (new)

Josh Julie wrote: "Yes, why isn't The Exorcist on the list? That's the first book I thought of. Couldn't turn off my lights at night while reading that book. It CREEPED ME OUT!"

Yeah it's kind of hard to read books with the lights turned off. I agree.


message 15: by Metalchan (new)

Metalchan Josh wrote: "Julie wrote: "Yes, why isn't The Exorcist on the list? That's the first book I thought of. Couldn't turn off my lights at night while reading that book. It CREEPED ME OUT!"

Yeah it's kind of ha..."


ever thought that she could be using a tablet?


message 16: by P (new)

P The Collector, John Fowles


message 17: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay P. wrote: "The Collector, John Fowles"

Thanks for the rec! Looks interesting.


message 18: by P (new)

P You're welcome. It's dark...


message 19: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager The Pit and the pendulum is on twice.


 ♥♥Mari♥♥ There are three books on this list that were disturbing for me to read: "The Exorcist", "The Martian Chronicles", and "The Illustrated Man".

The first one was FRIGHTENING IN THE EXTREME. Well, I never liked the horror genre in the first place, but picked up this book out of curiosity, several years ago. That was a VERY bad decision!

I HATE "The Exorcist" so much, I don't even have it on my GR shelves, even though I did read it.

The other books did have some horror elements in them, but they did not give me nightmares. However, they DID make me pretty uneasy at times. Bradbury is a master prose stylist, though, so that kept me going.

As for Stephen King, I CAN'T STAND HIS WORK. I made the mistake of reading a short story of his some time ago, and OMG, it left such a CREEEEEPY impression on me!

I just stay away from the horror genre completely!! I also DETEST Edgar Allan Poe. I had to read some of his stories in high school. UGH. "The Telltale Heart" was especially disturbing.

I've noticed some of the Twilight books on this list. The first one was not especially scary for me. Neither was it creepy. As for "Breaking Dawn", although it didn't give me nightmares, I did not like the part where Bella was giving birth to Renesmee. I thought it was much too gory. Other than that, though, I don't know why these books would be added to this list. I don't consider them to be part of the horror genre at all.


message 21: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady P wrote: "The Collector, John Fowles"

I don't really get nightmares from books. Or from television, for that matter. But if I would, it would most certainly be from The Collector :-)


message 22: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Goode Holy bejusus, Horn-Horn by ADT McLellan is surprisingly disturbing. I had nightmares


message 23: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager Travis wrote: "No Ann Coulter books made this list?
"

Good point! What about Ayn Rand ...


 ♥♥Mari♥♥ Chris wrote: "Travis wrote: "No Ann Coulter books made this list?
"
Good point! What about Ayn Rand ..."


YEAH!! Both are DEFINITELY nightmarish authors!!


message 25: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager Nothing Ann Coulter might write could possibly justify the reading of it, but I do have a couple of Rand novels on the shelf, and I suppose I ought to read at least one of them SOME time or other.


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