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#410380 - 08/18/05 10:02 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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The Shining was very good. A Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule scared the cr!@ out of me the first time I read it (first time living alone/same profile as the victims-slept with a light on for days).
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#410381 - 08/19/05 12:31 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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I found "The Stand" really scary, too. Not so much while I was actually reading it, but ever since, I have moments when I suddenly think what it would be like, post-world-changing event.

Salem's Lot was also very scary, in the more traditional "I don't want to turn the light off and go to bed" way.

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#410382 - 08/19/05 12:34 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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"Salem's Lot" was genuinely scary.

"It" was scary only in the sense that I was afraid I wouldn't finish it




Good call on Salem's Lot. That was a freaky book.

Everything's Eventual was good too. It's a book of all short stories by Stephen King.

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#410383 - 08/19/05 12:47 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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I have read every book Stephen King has ever written and none of them actually scared me, but my favorite "The Stand" creeped me out because it was very possible.

You might also try Dean Koontz, he's pretty creepy. Start with "Intensity."
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#410384 - 08/19/05 12:52 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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I have read every book Stephen King has ever written and none of them actually scared me, but my favorite "The Stand" creeped me out because it was very possible.

You might also try Dean Koontz, he's pretty creepy. Start with "Intensity."




I've read a lot by Stephen King, but definitely not all of them! Maybe someday...

I LOVE Dean Koontz. My favorite by him was The "Watchers". "Intensity" was really good too, as was "False Memory" and "The Face".

I've also been reading John Saul. I just finished "Creature".

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#410385 - 08/19/05 01:09 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Coma was a really scary book.
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#410386 - 08/19/05 01:39 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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The one by Robin Cook- where people contract that E-cola virus- I read it a long time ago - am I thinking right on this? Shoved it off on my mom and told her she just had to read it - it was scary.

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#410387 - 08/19/05 01:40 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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I LOVE Dean Koontz. My favorite by him was The "Watchers". "Intensity" was really good too, as was "False Memory" and "The Face".




Did you read the Koontz book about the people who had the repressed memories and they get together in the motel to see what it was about? I can't remember the name, but I loved that book.

I also read everything Michael Connelly and Jonathan Kellerman write. Not scary, but good crime thrillers.
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#410388 - 08/19/05 01:49 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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The Shining.




Dang - 25 years later and I still get goosebumps. I recommend the book and the movie right after. I doesn't get any scarier than Jack in this movie!
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#410389 - 08/19/05 02:04 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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When I was 8 my older sister read to me "The Boogeyman", a short story by Stephen King. I beleive it is in "Night Shift". That story will still creep the crap out of me, and make me close my closet doors before I go to sleep.
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#410390 - 08/19/05 02:34 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Jaws, the book was way more better than the movie. And like Jennyfromthebloc said the Exorcist also. Was told from the perspective of the detective (hey that rhymes). Way more scarry. -- PW

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#410391 - 08/19/05 03:04 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Communion. It was a story about alien abduction and it was so real and well written, I was sleeping with the lights on!
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#410392 - 08/19/05 03:40 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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'Salem's Lot scared me to death. That along with Harvest Home (Tom Tryon) made me afraid to go to New England or any farming areas! (I eventually got over that. )

When I read the Exorcist I slept at my parent's house for a few nights!

Now I just don't read scary stuff. I do read mysteries (love the Kellermans) but try to stay away from anything that will disturb my sleep!
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#410393 - 08/19/05 03:56 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Phantoms by Dean Koontz. He's a great writer.
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#410394 - 08/19/05 04:00 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Anything that is a "true crime" (like Ann Rule) scares me and anything by Dean Koontz is scary.

I try not to read anything scary anymore. I can't sleep when I do!

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#410395 - 08/19/05 04:04 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Phantoms by Dean Koontz. He's a great writer.




I forgot about that one!! That one was really good - it scared the crap out of me!

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#410396 - 08/19/05 04:07 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Did you read the Koontz book about the people who had the repressed memories and they get together in the motel to see what it was about? I can't remember the name, but I loved that book.




I didn't read that one, but it sounds good. I'll have to try to find the name of it!

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#410397 - 08/19/05 05:30 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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I want to say the name of the Dean Koontz one in the motel is "Strangers" but I'm not sure.
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#410398 - 08/19/05 05:35 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Two words: HELTER SKELTER

Truth always scares me more than fiction for obvious reasons.

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#410399 - 08/19/05 05:41 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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I want to say the name of the Dean Koontz one in the motel is "Strangers" but I'm not sure.




I'll check it out. Thanks!!

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#410400 - 08/19/05 05:41 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Two words: HELTER SKELTER

Truth always scares me more than fiction for obvious reasons.




Didn't read the book but did see the interview of old Charlie with Geraldo several years ago and found that a bit creepy.
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#410401 - 08/19/05 05:43 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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Books don't scare me. Now movies....I have to be careful what I watch. I live in a creaky old house, and more than once my dogs have laughed at me as I leap onto the bed so something won't reach out and grab me!
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#410402 - 08/19/05 05:44 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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#410403 - 08/19/05 05:49 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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The only books I remember scaring me were:

Algebra
Geometry
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
Calculus

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#410404 - 08/19/05 05:55 PM Re: Books that have scared you to death
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The only books I remember scaring me were:

Algebra
Geometry
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
Calculus




LOL, U of D alumna!
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