Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Books That Creeped me Out

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme a Halloween themed freebie, and I chose to go with books that creeped me out. This will include both books I’ve read recently and books that gave me nightmares as a child. They’re not necessary all horror books, they just all have something creepy in them. 

These will be in no particular order. 

1. HOUSE OF LEAVES (Mark Z. Danielewski)

creepy booksThis book is great. it can’t even be described, it has to be experienced, but it’s far from an easy read and it’s not for everyone so I wouldn’t recommend just jumping into it. I’m planning on doing a nostalgic book review on this one pretty soon so watch out for that. A lot about this book is really creepy, but the part that stands out to me the most is when Johnny describes the feeling of someone watching you from behind, coming closer and closer. My neck started prickling and I had to move to my bedroom where I could sit with my back against the wall, hahaha. I wish I could find the passage and show you but the book is way too long to be able to find it. 

2. HORRORSTÖR (Grady Hendrix)

creepy booksThis book isn’t overwhelmingly scary, but there was one scene that really freaked me out that had to do with a woman inside a wall. Shudder. [my review]

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3. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (Kendare blake)

creepy booksThis one isn’t really that scary either (at least not to me, but I still loved it), but I can’t deny that Anna paints a terrifying image and one part near the end made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Plus there’s quite a bit of gore, like limbs being ripped off. 

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4. The Gone series (michael grant)

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The entire premise is just creepy. If you ever watched The Tribe (let’s reveal our age everyone… Also raise your hand if you had a crush on Lex) as a kid or teen then it’s kind of like that. Every adult (and teenager over the age of 16) disappears and the kids are left to fend for themselves. There are also mutated animals and insects as a result of radiation and it’s horrific. There’s one part in book 2 that just… yikes. This series isn’t the best one out there but it’s highly addictive and I shamelessly love it. You should give it a try if you love dystopian survival stories. 

5. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (John ajvide lindqvist)

creepy booksI read this many years ago and it is incredibly creepy. Even without the supernatural element this would have been an incredibly disturbing book. [my nostalgic book review, might be slightly spoilery]

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6. THE HAUNTED MASK & DON’T GO TO SLEEP! (r.l. stine)

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I read a lot of Goosebumps books as a pre-teen and most of them creeped me out, but The Haunted Mask made sure I didn’t wear large masks for years. No, I’m serious. Another one that scarred me for a long time was Don’t Go to Sleep! I don’t even remember what happened in it, but I just remember being very scared of our guest bedroom after reading it.

7. CARRIE (Stephen King)

creepy booksI’m reading this right now and I’m only around 75 pages in, but it’s creepy. It’s not even Carrie herself who’s creepy, it’s her mother. What a monster. 

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8. MORE THAN THIS (Patrick ness)

creepy booksThe situation in this one is really creepy in and by itself. A boy, seemingly all alone in the world, has to find a way to survive and figure out what’s going on. It’s chilling and so so good. If you haven’t read it you need to do it right now.

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9. GONE GIRL (gillian flynn)

creepy booksThere are so many twisted and horrifying elements in this book. I love Gillian Flynn’s brain. What creeped me out the most is probably the ending. What an awful situation to be stuck in. 

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10. THE HUNGER GAMES (suzanne collins)

creepy booksChildren forced to kill each other on national television for entertainment is really really disturbing, right? Can’t deny that. 

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I love scary books and horror! What’s the scariest book you’ve read? Got any recs? 

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38 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Books That Creeped me Out

  1. drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    Such a great list! More than this really is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, and I was so freaked out while reading it. Probably one of the reasons why it was so damn good! 🙂 It’s so funny, the Goosebumps series made me scared of silly things, too, when I read them, a while ago. I looked over my shoulder and under my bed before sleeping because of some of the stories, haha! 🙂

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    • Anette says:

      Haha why not, it’s so creepy at times! The pitch black halls in the house freaked me out. And the letter you had to decipher! I forgot to mention that in the post, but that gave me the serious creeps when I was deciphering.

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  2. SciFi and Scary says:

    1,3, and 8 are on my TBR
    2 was a fun book that I adored
    4 I read but was not impressed with the first book, so I didn’t bother going on.
    5 and 9 I just don’t have any interest in.
    6 Who doesn’t like Goosebumps?!
    7 Eh, the movie was creepy, but no desire to read the book.
    10 was good!

    My top scary book recs would be: Bird Box, The Girl with all the Gifts, and Beneath Claire’s House

    My TTT

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    • Anette says:

      I think I enjoyed the first book the most in the Gone series, so you probably wouldn’t have liked the rest of it then. It’s been a few years since I read them now though, so I’m not sure what I’d think today.

      Goosebumps is amazing, everyone loves Goosebumps!

      I haven’t seen any of the movie adaptations of Carrie, so I’m going into it knowing very little about it apart from the unattractive bullied girl with telekinesis powers. The batshit mom caught me off guard, I kind of dig it.

      I haven’t read any of the ones you mentioned, but The Girl With All the Gifts is in my bookshelf so hopefully I’ll get to it soon! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Tasha says:

    Oh my Gods, Goosebumps gave me the creeps as a pre-teen but I was addicted to those books anyhow!
    What do you think about Gone Girl? I quite enjoyed the movie and I’m thinking of getting the book too.

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    • Anette says:

      I was addicted to them too, I always came home from the library with a pile of them, haha.

      I absolutely loved Gone Girl, it was so interesting. I was a bit spoiled, but it was still great and really unsettling.

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    • Anette says:

      Anna is a great book! That is, as long as you go into it knowing it’s a paranormal romance and not really hardcore horror, haha. I found it really addictive, I read it in one setting.

      I hope you get to finish More Than This!

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    • Anette says:

      It’s a really strange book with a very particular writing style, I recommend you search for it in google images. It’s awesome. I’ve heard that every time you re-read it you get a different view of the story, depending on how you choose to read it.

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  4. aimalfarooq says:

    Interesting choices! I never pegged More than This as a scary book, but now that you mention it, it IS a scary situation. I’ve been wanting to read Horrorstor for a while now, but I’m not sure what it is. Is it just a novel in a different format or something?
    Great list! x

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    • Anette says:

      Yes, More Than This won’t keep you up at night or anything, but the situation is less than ideal!

      Horrorstör is just a creepy story set in a knock-off IKEA store. It doesn’t really have a different format, but the chapter dividers have some drawings of furniture that gradually turn into torture devices as the story goes on. There are also some other things in the book that are there to make it seem like an actual catalogue.

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    • Anette says:

      It’s definitely not for everyone so I completely get you! I loved it though, even if some of the footnotes were really tough to get through. I’m actually dying to reread it. It could make a pretty interesting movie, I think. It would be a mindfuck for sure.

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  5. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Great choices! I’ve been eyeing House of Leaves but it’s really a hit or miss for me in terms of the epistolary! Goosebumps was my everything as a kid. I spent most of my pocket money on collecting them even though I could barely speak English.

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    • Anette @ Anette Reads says:

      House of Leaves can be a real challenge at times, but I recommend everyone to at least check it out, just the writing style alone is such an experience 😀

      All the Goosebumps books are translated into Norwegian here, so it was no problem for me to grab them all read them, thank god 😀

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  6. Mallory @ The Leaning Tower of Tomes says:

    Horrorstor! Someone else has read it! It was actually really funny, too. But I think the part I was most frightned of was the being stuck in a coffin part, if I remember correctly. *Shudder.* The Hunger Games is pretty disturbing in that it has children kill each other. Yikes, it’s pretty sad. I read Gone but didn’t like it much… I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series. As for some of the other books you mentioned, I would like to read Anna Dressed In Blood, Carrie, More Than This, and Gone Girl some day. Great list!

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    • Anette @ Anette Reads says:

      Yes! I couldn’t resist Horrorstör when I saw it was a horror story set in “IKEA” hahaha. That sounded so brilliant. Yes, the coffin part was really freaky! Though I was more creeped out by the older lady who clawed at the walls until her fingers bled and then got dragged away :S

      If you didn’t like Gone you probably wouldn’t like the rest of the series either, but who knows! I just thought it was really addicting, even though there is some ridiculousness later in the series.

      You should definitely read all of those books 😀 Thanks for commenting!

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    • Anette @ Anette Reads says:

      omg, you haven’t read The Hunger Games?? Chop chop!

      I think you might be able to handle Anna Dressed In Blood. She is kind of freaky and violent, but she’s also the protagonist’s love interest so that takes away some of the really scary and makes it kind of endearing instead. And More Than This isn’t scary at all, not in that way. It’s just dealing with a frightening dystopian situation and what’s most scary about it is the isolation. REALLY recommend More Than This 😀

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      • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

        Okay awesome! I will definitely pick up More Than This. The hardcover has always interested me – it’s so cool!

        I’m hoping to marathon The Hunger Games and catch up on the movies before Mockingjay Part 2…but I don’t think it’ll happen. At least I own the books now! It’ll happy eventually 😀

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