Posts Tagged With: Horror
Publisher: Gallery Books/Pocket Books
Published: July 28th, 2016
Pages: 512 (paperback edition)
Audiobook length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
A strange plague called the ‘Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys, then the not-so-small things, like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet. Their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. There is no cure.
But far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, a universal healer hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.
"Any horror book that can bring forth all the spectre of feelings that The Deep did for me, has definitely earned a good amount of praise."
I bought The Deep for two reasons:
1. I read The Troop by him last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.
2. Stephen King blurbed it on his Facebook page.
Both of these reasons needless to say had my expectations set pretty high for this novel. And the potential for it to crash and fall with all that weight hanging on its cover was pretty big. Thankfully The Deep had the strength to carry at all straight through.
Nick Cutter does an amazing job with showing the reader all the different sides to his characters. They are complex and with a lot of depth and good backstory, which all makes them very interesting to follow. And all the more because we gradually get to know their past as the story progresses.
I especially enjoyed Luke, Al and little LB. I would’ve loved to have gotten to know Al even more, but I can definitely see that there weren’t really room for it in this book.
Now for anyone who loves the early works of Stephen King, The Deep will probably be a good match. It has that old school horror feel to it, and what makes it so good is the mystery of what is lurking down in the deep. The way you don’t really know what it is, what it looks like or how it will affect the characters. It makes the story interesting the whole way through.
The pace to was just perfect for my taste. It flowed so easily and had my wanting more throughout. I brought the book with me everywhere and had trouble putting it down. It’s been a while since I’ve felt like that about a current read.
I want to mention that The Deep is not the novel for you if you’re squeamish about blood and gore. It’s very graphic and morbid at times. But anyone who’s got a soft spot for the wonderful morbidity of good horror, I would say; go grab it!
I can’t remember the last time a horror book made me cry, but The Deep (very surprisingly) had me blinking like hell on the subway so that I wouldn’t have makeup all over my face before I got to work.
Any horror book that can bring forth all the spectre of feelings that The Deep did for me, has definitely earned a good amount of praise.
I loved The Deep for it’s story, it’s ending and it’s writing. It was just a pleasurable read from beginning till end and I can’t wait to read Nick Cutter’s next book.
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Have you read any good horror books lately? Or do you have a horror favorite? Please let me know in the comments 🙂
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Published: April 30, 2013
Pages: 692 (hardback)
Audiobook length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble…and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.
But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge. He’s after something very special – something Vic can never replace.
As a life-and-death battle of wills builds her magic pitted against his – Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all…or die trying….
“Wonderfully creepy! Christmas music will never be the same again…”
It’s hard not to compare Joe Hill to his father, Stephen King. There are so many similarities in the way that they write their stories, but in a very good way.
Hill describes characters and scenes so well that every part of the story comes alive, and it’s creepy for sure!
The story is written in third person, from multiple perspectives. The way it was executed was pure perfection.
All the characters in this book was what made it such a treat for me. Hill makes his characters come alive and they develop so much throughout the story.
Vic: It’s easy to relate to Vic even though she’s all kinds of screwed up. I really do enjoy characters that feels real, unpolished and far from perfect. They always make for a much more interesting story. Vic is a character you can’t help but love, even though she makes you so frustrated you could eat your own hat!
Charles Manx: I’m glad I was introduced to Manx as an adult. Had I met him earlier in my life, I’m pretty sure he would have haunted my worst nightmares. He’s a truly horrific character, written perfectly. I shivered and cringed at times when Manx was up to no good.
NOS4A2 is a story that keeps you on the edge. Even though it tells a lot of backstories it’s never boring, and it surprises you again and again.
I caught myself being bewildered about not having any clue as to where this story would end up.
Full of twists, turns and dark places. And the ending was very satisfying!
This is horror done right!
Christmas is my favourite time of year, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. But even though this story is wonderfully creepy, Christmas music will never be the same again!
This story stays with you. I still think about Christmas land from time to time, and then I turn on the lights.
Highly recommend, but it’s not for the faint of heart!
I look forward to diving into more of Joe Hill’s work.
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Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication date: May 13th. 2014
Pages: 262 (paperback)
Audiobook length: 9hrs and 8 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
Something is out there . . .
Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
“It’s been a long time since a book made me jumpy. Bird Box did just that in a frightening but excellent way!”
Malerman makes this world of his come alive in such an eerie way. His writing had me hooked to the story from page one and it still (even after finishing it a couple of days ago) has a hold of me.
The way he writes about the characters experiences when they’re not able to see anything was so well executed that it felt like I was the one with the blindfold.
He’s created a world so like our own, but so far from it as well. It’s terrifying!
I really liked Malorie as a character. I thought her actions were realistic and very believable in a setting so unbelievably scary as this one.
She really did grow as a character throughout the story and I enjoyed the fact that she was a very normal person at the start of all. She had common sense and a strong personality, but was still very relatable.
The other characters we met along the way were really well written and it was hard to know where to put your trust.
The storyline in Bird Box jumps in time from right at the moment where the world started to change, the progress from there and to the time where Malorie tries to escape with her kids. We go back and forth but it’s done in a way that doesn’t make it confusing.
The thing about the plot building in this one that makes it such an interesting read is the mystery and the never ending build of suspense. As soon as one suspenseful moment reaches its peak, another one starts right after. And so the story goes from beginning till end.
And I must say that I thought the ending was perfect!
It’s been a long time since a book made me jumpy. Bird Box did just that in a frightening but excellent way! It had me thinking about how life would be without my vision. And if real life wasn’t scary enough in a scenario where you can’t look around, then adding dangers (and dangers that you don’t know what are nonetheless) makes it terrifying.
I’m not the one who gets super scared while reading, but this one was creepy enough to make me a little jumpy while reading it in the middle of the night.
Highly recommend Bird Box if you want to read something unique that will creep you out!
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What is the scariest/creepiest book you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments below so I can add them to my never ending to-read list!
Published: November 14th, 1983
Publisher: Doubleday (first edition)
Pages: 465 (paperback, Hodder edition)
Synopsis by the publisher:
When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son—and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly car.
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth—more terrifying than death itself—and hideously more powerful.
The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.
For those of you who’ve followed me for a while it’s no surprise that Stephen King is one of my absolute favorite authors. The way he writes always hits me in a very special way.
King is one of the few that I’ve read who can make the most unrealistic themes seem like the most natural thing and have my skin crawling and heart racing.
His writing is so vivid and special it makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of all the monstrosity.
This book is classic Stephen King and just a joy to read.
I loved every single character in Pet Sematary. King has a way of bringing out the best and (most often) the very worst of his characters and that is one of the reasons why I love his stories so much and why they scare me at the same time.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll write it yet again:
What’s so amazing with stories like this is no matter how paranormal some of the things in King’s stories is, the true horror is shown in the monsters that lingers inside of people.
The real monsters looks just like you and me!
Pet Sematary (like so many King books) had my heart racing so often and the book was impossible to put down at times.
Dark, scary and the build up just goes up, up and away!
Reading King’s books is like watching a disaster in slow-motion, wanting to shake the characters so they can see what’s coming but not being able to.
You feel so helpless and yet so engrossed in the story that you just have to keep on going.
I loved the ending!
Classic King books like this one is a joy to read for any horror literature fan and most definitely a story that I will revisit in the future!
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Published: September 1986
Publisher: Viking Press (now owned by Penguin Random House)
Pages: 1104 (paperback)
Audiobook length: 44 hrs, 57 min
Synopsis by the publisher:
It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.
Stephen King is an absolute master when it comes to setting that creepy and dark mood in the readers mind. The way he explains surroundings, events and people’s inner most scary thoughts is done so brilliantly that you feel like you’re a part of the story.
The way he hints to what is going to happen throughout the story makes reading it like watching a disaster happening in slow motion. You are mesmerized and can’t look away and you badly want the warn the characters at the same time.
And I just love how he adds references to other books of his as well as the work of authors that he admires.
Even though King is known as the master of horror, I think that what makes him such a talented writer is the way that he shows a reader the very worst and the best that hides inside a human.
Let’s start with Pennywise (because how could I not?)! I can definitely see how so many was traumatized when it came to clowns as they read this book at quite an early age. I myself (not being that easily scared when it comes to books) wasn’t scared for life and runs away screaming whenever I see a clown after reading IT, but Pennywise definitely pops into my mind every time I see a floating balloon or look down the drain pipe in a bathroom. So I might have been somewhat affected by this creepy clown. But there was so much to this mysterious character and I was so incredibly intrigued by IT (and horribly disappointed when it came to the movie when I watched that for the first time after finishing the book! But more about that later.)
In the beginning of the book there were a whole lot of characters being introduced and I was a bit confused for a little while, but in true Stephen King style, it wrapped itself together pretty fast and then it was almost impossible to not be hooked into every single character’s story.
I really had no idea where this story would go or end up when I started reading.
The plot twists and turns and tells so many stories in one book, and as long as it’s done as well as this is then I’m loving that concept.
I was never bored, I always had a feeling of the possibility for absolutely anything to happen and my heart was already racing at page forty-seven.
And that ending! Woah! Stories like this with endings like that is what makes me such a big fan of Stephen King’s work!
IT was such an amazing ride of a story. I loved every step of the way, even though I was a little confused at times. When I finished reading, it did not feel like I had been through over 1100 pages.
Definitely a book that I want to reread again some time and one that made me respect King as a writer even more.
And (as I mentioned) I did watch the movie after finishing the book and I was so disappointed. It did not stay true to the story, it hardly explained what IT was and there were so many parts that I missed from the book when I had it so fresh in my memory.
I was really rooting for the remake of IT and was actually really sad to hear that it was put on ice for now. We need a better movie adaptation of this horrific masterpiece!
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In Stephen King’s latest novel “Revival” we meet the narrator Jamie Morton telling the story from childhood to later on in life.
As a young boy he meets Charles Jacobs, the new minister in town and becomes instantly fascinated by this man and the rest of his family. One of the things that make a strong bond between Jamie and Charles is the reverend’s obsession with electricity.
Everyone likes the new minister, his work in the church and his family, but when a tragic accident occurs Charles curses God, mocks religious beliefs and is banished from the town.
Years go by and Jamie grows up. In his mid-thirties, addicted to heroine and recently lost his latest job as a musician he meets Jacobs again. Jacobs helps him get back on his feet again and that time their bond turns into a pact forged in horror.
What happens next, you will have to read to believe!
What can I say? I finished this book last week and had such a book hangover that I did not feel ready to review it until now. Revival is classic Stephen King and as a major Stephen King fan I absolutely loved that! You could easily see his inspirations throughout the book and a lot of the references to other authors work and his own had me giggling like a hopeless girl with a crush.
I found it thrilling, exciting and out of the ordinary. Loved the characters and the way that Jamie is such a relatable character because of all his struggles.
I read some reviews of this book before it arrived at my very own doorstep, and most of them talked about how the ending was so surprising. And I have to say (even having been warned) it was! When it comes to Stephen King you never really know what you’re going to get in the end and sometimes (like now) it leaves you with an amazingly huge book hangover to get over.
Loved it! Love love loved it! Definitely one of my new favorites! Highly recommend it if you’re a fan of his earlier work (i.e. Salem’s lot, bag of bones). It’s scary and it’s awesome!
A few of my favorite quotes from Revival:
“I almost kissed her then, but lost my courage. Boys can be dopes.”
“Charlie Jacobs was a Good Samaritan. He was also a half-mad scientist, and that day in the abandoned auto body shop I was his latest guinea pig. He could have killed me, and sometimes – many times actually – I wish he had.”
“There was a lot of talk about old days and old times, the kind of chatter that’s fabulously interesting to those who were there and stupendously boring to those who weren’t.”
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Once a year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or each other.
I love stories that scares me and creeps into my dreams after I reluctantly put down the book to sleep. The Troop by Nick Cutter (The pen name of author Craig Davidson) did just that for me. It had me turning pages in excitement and made me feel uncomfortable in that way that horror literature should do.
The five boy scouts had me reminded of certain stereotypes that everyone sees in their early teens. Some I could relate to and some just plain scared me. Craig Davidson writes in a way that make you sit on the edge of your seat and the details around some of the incidents were amazingly gross. It took me back to the time when I would curl up under the sheets, all alone in the house and watch scary movies or read frightening books and almost jump out of the bed from the tiniest sounds.
I have not felt that way in a while and if you love a scare, just like me, then I would recommend you to read The Troop.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Do you want to know the best, most effective transmitter of contagion known to man?
Edgerton asks me with a pinprick of mad light dancing in each iris.
It’s love. Love is the absolute killer. Care. The milk of human kindness. People try so hard to save the people they love that they end up catching the contagion themselves. They give comfort, deliver aid, and in doing so they acquire the infection. Then those people are cared for by others and they get infected. On and on it goes. He shrugs. But that’s people. People care too much. They love at all costs. And so they pay the ultimate price.”
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Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.
Salem’s Lot has been on my to-read list for a very long time, and now I finally got around to reading it. And this was a piece that I truly enjoyed.
The vampire hype has been over us for quite some time now but it was nice to get back to the unpolished and horrific ones. A kind of story that picks up your heart rate and has you cheering on the good hearted people of Jerusalem’s Lot.
In an interview Stephen King said:
“In ‘Salem’s Lot, the thing that really scared me was not vampires, but the town in the daytime, the town that was empty, knowing that there were things in closets, that there were people tucked under beds, under the concrete pilings of all those trailers. And all the time I was writing that, the Watergate hearings were pouring out of the TV…. Howard Baker kept asking, ‘What I want to know is, what did you know and when did you know it?’ That line haunts me, it stays in my mind…. During that time I was thinking about secrets, things that have been hidden and were being dragged out into the light.”
This is something that always fascinates me about Mr. King. He takes the most ordinary surroundings and reminds the reader of who the true monsters in our world can be. The people and their secrets.
Salem’s Lot is filled with small time lives, questionable pasts, newcomers and danger that crawls out after dark.
Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy the adventure of the horrific events in Jerusalem’s Lot.
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One of the next books I will be reviewing is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, and I’m super excited to get started on his newest release! Stay tuned 🙂