I'm looking for recommendations for creepy and/or scary novels and nonfiction.
I just finished Dan Simmons' "The Terror" and looooooved it. I'm also feeling a little sad that it may be weeks before I find something else that I enjoy half as much. I was hoping you could recommend novels or nonfiction that are well-written, intelligent and scary as hell.
Some things I've read and enjoyed on the fiction side include "A Good and Happy Child,"
," all of Stephen King (of course), and "House of Leaves."
All but the Stephen King were books I found out about by reading previous MeFi threads on the subject.
On the nonfiction side, I really enjoy intelligent and non-woo explorations of "mysterious phenomena," including UFOs, ESP and the like. I don't have any strongly held opinions on whether these things are real or not, but reading about them creeps me out in a very enjoyable fashion. Some books I've enjoyed in this category include "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record," "Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory,"
and "The ESP Enigma."
What I'm particularly looking for: things that seem not quite right, slowly building tension, books that are well-researched and well-written.
What I'm not looking for: gore for the sake of gore, cardboard-cutout characters, hastily slapped together books, New-Agey-type stuff (i.e. aliens are among us and they're here to bring world peace and heal us with crystals).
I've read and didn't particularly enjoy "The Amityville Horror," and made several attempts at reading Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill, but just can't seem to get into any of 'em.
Oh, and I've pored for hours over this delightful thread: http://ask.metafilter.com/139743/WTF
. The question really articulates well what I'm looking for in terms of tone, but am really looking for things in book format, specifically.