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The Dark, The Disturbing, The Twisted –– October Book Recommendation

The Dark, The Disturbing, The Twisted –– October Book Recommendation

 

As your girl has already talked about briefly in her blogpost a few weeks ago, it just seems that this year, for some weird unknown reason, I am taking this Halloween thing a tad bit more seriously than I ever did. I mean, for someone who usually enjoys a variety of movie genres, I have been watching nothing but horror movies back to back to back.

Yes, your girl is on a horror/gore movie binge, and she does not know how to get off of this train.

 

 

I know. It sounds extreme. Especially when all I do is keep trying to up the scary level from the previous horror film that I have watched. What is worse, is that none of them just seems scary enough. Even those movies that have been claimed to be able to blow your socks off was only able to “jostle” my scare-meter a little bit.

Which is why, I have turned onto books.

We all know by now that I am a huge nerd. You will never see me without a book – or an iPad because it’s the golden age of technology – in my hands. The sky is blue, squirrels are cute, and your girl loves to read. That’s just how things are. And I thought, since I have not gotten my share of good scare from the movies that I have been watching, I decided, why not try to look for them in books instead?

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

1. House of Leaves

 

Genre : Horror, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

2. Fight Club

 

Genre : Contemporary, Classics, Thriller, Fiction

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight “as long as they have to.” This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.

 

 

 

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3. American Psycho

 

Genre : Horror, Classics, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with America’s greatest dream—and its worst nightmare—American Psycho is bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

4. The Room

 

Genre : Horror, Dark, Thriller, Fiction

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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A small-time criminal sits alone in his cell, his mind reeling with sadistic thoughts of retribution against the police and, eventually, all those he believes have failed him throughout his life. A deeply disturbing exploration of a character the Guardiandescribed as “a genuinely frightening American Psycho,” Hubert Selby Jr.’s second novel is made all the more chilling by the narrator’s brief flashes of humanity.
 
The Room is a tale so terrifying the author himself couldn’t read it for decades after writing it. Called “brutal” by the New York Times when it was first published, it is a dark masterpiece about a man who may be temporarily trapped in jail, but whose true prison is his own anger, as he is enslaved by out-of-control passions and sickening fantasies of revenge.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

5. People Who Eat Darkness 

 

Genre : Nonfiction, True Crime, Cultural (Japan) , Mystery

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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An incisive and compelling account of the case of Lucie Blackman. Lucie Blackman – tall, blonde, and 21 years old – stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.

The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl, involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, Australian dowsers and Lucie’s desperate, but bitterly divided, parents. As the case unfolded, it drew the attention of prime ministers and sadomasochists, ambassadors and con-men, and reporters from across the world. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult, or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work, as a ‘hostess’ in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve?

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, has followed the case since Lucie’s disappearance. Over the course of a decade, he has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story, fought off a legal attack in the Japanese courts, and worked undercover as a barman in a Roppongi strip club. He has talked exhaustively to Lucie’s friends and family and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. And he has delved into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime – Joji Obara, described by the judge as ‘unprecedented and extremely evil’.

With the finesse of a novelist, he reveals the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.

‘People Who Eat Darkness’ is, by turns, a non-fiction thriller, a courtroom drama and the biography of both a victim and a killer. It is the story of a young woman who fell prey to unspeakable evil, and of a loving family torn apart by grief. And it is fascinating insight into one of the world’s most baffling and mysterious societies, a light shone into dark corners of Japan that the rest of the world has never glimpsed before.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

6. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

 

Genre : Historical Fiction, Classics, Cultural (Western), Horror

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the “wild west.” Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

7. Philosophy in the Boudoir

 

Genre : Adult Fiction, Classics, Erotica, Cultural (France) , Philosophy

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Philosophy of the Boudoir follows three aristocrats as they indoctrinate the fifteen-year-old Eugénie de Mistival in “the principles of the most outrageous libertinism.” 200 years after de Sade’s death, readers will continue to find shock and delight in this most joyous of his erotic works, now with a new introduction by Francine du Plessix-Gray.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

8. Johnny Got His Gun

 

Genre : Historical Fiction, Classics, War, Horror

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered–not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives… This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome… but so is war. Winner of the National Book Award

“Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence.” –– The New York Times

“It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale.” –– Chicago Daily News

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

9. The Wasp Factory

 

Genre : Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Contemporary

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least:

Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I’d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.

That’s my score to date. Three. I haven’t killed anybody for years, and don’t intend to ever again.

It was just a stage I was going through.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

10. The Girl Next Door

 

Genre : Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Horror 

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

11. The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

 

Genre : Nonfiction, Psychology, Horror, Philosophy 

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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Should the human race voluntarily put an end to its existence? Do we even know what it means to be human? And what if we are nothing like we suppose ourselves to be? In this challenging philosophical work, celebrated supernatural writer Thomas Ligotti broaches these and other issues in an unflinching and penetrating manner that brings to mind some of his own imperishable horror fiction. For Ligotti, there is no refuge from our existence as conscious beings who must suppress their awareness of what horrors life holds in store for them. Yet try as we may, our consciousness may at any time rise up against our defenses against it, whispering to us things we would rather not hear: Religion is a transparent fantasy, optimism an exercise in delusional wish-fulfillment, and even the quest for pleasure an ultimately doomed enterprise.

Drawing upon the work of such pessimistic philosophers as Arthur Schopenhauer and Peter Wessel Zapffe, as well as the findings of various fields of study such as neuroscience, moral philosophy, Terror Management Psychology, the sociology of self-deception, and the theory of uncanny experience, Ligotti presents a compelling contrivance of horror for the consideration of his reader. Perhaps most provocatively, Ligotti sees in the literature of supernatural fiction a confirmation of the cheerless vision he is propounding, dovetailing into his book the overarching theme that, having been ousted by evolution from the natural world, the human race has been effectively translated to a supernatural order of being. In this state of existence, we are denied slumber in nature s arms and must exist in a waking nightmare in which we are taunted by hints of our true nature.

Written with the pungency and panache we expect from a master of English prose, The Conspiracy against the Human Race is a hypnotic guide to the darker regions of one of the most interesting minds of our time.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

12. In Cold Blood

 

Genre : Nonfiction, Classics, Mystery, Crime

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

 

 

 

dark and disturbing books

 

 

13. The Road

 

Genre : Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Dark

Type   : Standalone

Status : Published

 

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A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

 

 

 

 

 



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