When I was a kid I read a scary book that kind of stuck with me for some reason. I'm curious to read it again, but I can't recall the title. It was about two boys who worked as gravediggers, or at least one of them did and the other hung around with him in the cemetery. They liked to make up macabre rhymes about the names on the tombstones. Stuff like, "Here lies the body of Eliza McBain, somebody pushed her in front of a train." [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler
on Sep 7, 2014 -
I really love the sort of bleak/dark horror/fantasy/science fiction from Russia and Eastern Europe. I loved the Nightwatch series, loved Solaris, loved the Metro series. What else would I love from that part of the world?
posted by Ghostride The Whip
on Jul 8, 2014 -
For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on Mar 23, 2014 -
What are the best sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books, movies, and comics from Central and Eastern Europe? "Best" includes both the finest and also the most popularly influential, as well as both pro- and anti-communist material, as well as both past and contemporary work. Bonus points for such fiction from the former Yugoslavia! [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Feb 10, 2014 -
What would be a good scary "intro" book for someone who normally isn't into reading but loves scary movies and has recently decided he is open to reading scary fiction? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago
on Nov 20, 2013 -
Please recommend as much artsy, intelligent, literary horror fiction (in any medium: books, stories, films, whatever) as you can! [more inside]
posted by byanyothername
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I used to really enjoy the reviews at an old website called Inchoatus, their focus was sci fi. But they went dark a long time ago. So are there any decent independent sites doing thoughtful, in-depth (and, sure, snarky) reviews of sci fi and horror (I'm less interested in fantasy, though I understand that it's part of the whole thing) books these days?
posted by turbid dahlia
on Aug 18, 2013 -
Somewhere between '80 and '82, I read this book that featured spiders... [arachnophobes: do not click!] [more inside]
posted by batmonkey
on Mar 28, 2013 -
I need to get some birthday gifts for someone who is off work and stuck at home for weeks due to surgery. This person has no hobbies and doesn't really do much other than shop and watch TV and tends to get depressed easily, so I'd like to get him some things to keep him busy and engaged. He used to really enjoy reading so I think if I got some books he'd get into them while he's stuck at home. Previously enjoyed authors are Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L'Amour, Stephen King, Anne Rice and Conan books. So old Sci-Fi, Westerns or Horror. He doesn't like Zane Grey. He also enjoys history, particularly WW2 and Civil War eras. Could I please have your recommendations for riveting books that might be enjoyed by someone with these tastes? Am also happy to hear non-book recs that might fit in.
posted by Polychrome
on Feb 13, 2013 -
I'm looking for a novel that strikes a tone between the strange and the intimate/everyday. I've been watching a lot of Fringe lately and I've been in the mood for a book that provides characters interacting with Lovecraftian, Lynchian, or Cronenbergian horrors while the characters themselves remain (or attempt to remain) relatable and slice of life.
posted by sendai sleep master
on Oct 12, 2012 -
Scare me please!
I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight
on Feb 27, 2012 -
What are good sources for finding out about new and forthcoming horror books? I'm not talking about anything with vampires and/or werewolves, I mean books that really inspire a sense of dread or fear.
posted by lirael2008
on Feb 18, 2012 -
I need a scary book for my sister.... who usually doesnt read such things. I read the other horror threads but none of them are quite right.... [more inside]
posted by silverstatue
on Nov 29, 2011 -
Do you recognize this disturbing horror novel I read when I was far too young to do so? Plot details below the fold, NSFW and potentially triggery. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Nov 1, 2011 -
I agreed to review a novel. I just received the review copy and read the first chapter, and it's absolutely awful. What does professional etiquette dictate here? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt
on Apr 24, 2011 -
ShortStoryFilter: I'm looking for the name of a short story that (probably) appeared in a pulp horror collection from a good number of years back... Arid country, twin princes, Prince A locks B at bottom of a well, B escapes, pulls identifying tooth from (now king) A's mouth, locks A at bottom of well. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld
on Oct 20, 2010 -
Recommendations for thought-provoking books or essay collections that analyze horror movies, please. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly
on Aug 17, 2010 -
I want a book that I have to put into the freezer.
I've read this question
, which was looking for thrillers, and this post
looking for short stories, but I can't seem to find a thread looking for scary, engrossing novels where supernatural is okay. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated
on Mar 31, 2009 -
What's-the-title-of-this-book-Filter: I read a review of this novel but can't remember the title or the author. [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jul 9, 2008 -
I've just finished reading Donna Tartt's The Secret History
. At one point Tartt references a supposedly famous horror story, but I don't understand the reference! Can anyone identify it? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory
on Jun 1, 2008 -
Help me find the perfect book(s) to make my summer complete. I've got a strong preference for almost realistic horror and things that might creep me out. Bonus points for books that involve old school sanitariums. Of course you'll find more specifications in the [more inside]
posted by tastybrains
on Jul 3, 2007 -
I want to read a book that is gona scare the living daylights out of me. Preferably a thriller, not monsters and vampires, and it should be smart and believable. Show me the book that will make it hard for me to sleep after reading.
posted by pwally
on Oct 19, 2006 -
I'm looking for a fiction anthology, and only vaguely remember the title or what the book looked like. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix
on Nov 28, 2004 -