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Horror novels more creepy than bloody?

Mefites, lend me your collective bibliographic wisdom. I'm looking for successful/popular YA novels published in the last 5-7 years that embody creepy/atmospheric horror, as opposed to bloody/gory/slasher horror. If "Anna Dressed in Blood" is on the bloody end of the spectrum, for example, what's on the creepy end?
posted by Shoggoth on Sep 3, 2016 - 7 answers

What movie is this?

When I was younger I vaguely remember flipping through channels one night and witnessing a horrible death scene from a horror movie. Can you help me figure out what movie it was? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Sep 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Strangest Thingsest

My girlfriend and I both really like Halloween and we both really like the Netflix show Stranger Things. So much so that we're throwing a Stranger Things themed Halloween party. Help us do that! (all of the spoilers inside, but if you haven't seen Stranger Things, just go ahead and fix that and come back) [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 29, 2016 - 33 answers

Critical writing about new horror?

Please recommend me some new-ish critical/theoretical/academic writing on new-ish horror. [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Aug 21, 2016 - 1 answer

Thoughtful, personal horror fiction

I'm looking for horror recommendations (defined as broadly as you wish). I'd like books with a deeper resonance, the kind you keep thinking about after you finish, but books that make you feel as well. My favorite writers are Shirley Jackson, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan; I don't care as much for Lovecraft and the more cosmic stuff. Ideally this would be a book you would describe as being emotionally moving or compassionate as well as creepy. The further off the beaten path, the better.
posted by thetortoise on Aug 16, 2016 - 30 answers

Is the world extra horrible, or is horror just the human condition?

Maybe it's a nexus of my middle age with an especially bad year for current events, but I feel what can only be described as horror, on a deep emotional and even physical level, almost every day. Is this a thing that has been happening to people for a long time, or is the world measurably worse now making that feeling stronger, or is it just what happens to people as they age, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 16, 2016 - 37 answers

Horror fiction that touches on themes of disability and the environment

I'm making a reading list for a professor and I am hitting a wall finding good material. I need fiction (long or short) that can be categorized (even very loosely) as horror, and that engages with themes of disability AND environmental sustainability. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 15, 2016 - 21 answers

Scare my socks off!

I am looking for horror novels that will really scare me. I mean, lingering-two-days-later, don't-read-after-sunset, check-under-the-bed kind of scary. Please recommend me some. Preferences (but not requirements) under the cut. [more inside]
posted by darchildre on May 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Gimme your favorite weird sci-fi/horror/etc samples for my radio show!

I've been using snippets and samples of sci-fi/horror/weird movies for station IDs on the weird late night radio show I do. I'm bored with the current crop... help me find some new stuff to sample! [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on May 9, 2016 - 18 answers

The horror of vast/infinite things

I have discovered a specific taste for creepy stories where the creepy-factor comes not from things that are straightforwardly evil or horrible, but from things that are just... incomprehensibly vast or infinite. Help me find more of these! Examples below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Alioth on Apr 25, 2016 - 39 answers

On The Gothic Tradition and Colonial Guilt

I'm looking for an essay I read in a collection of critical essays on the origins of literary genres - its thesis was that since the gothic tradition often reversed or undermined mainstream Victorian ideals, it could be seen as a sublimated response to colonial guilt that couldn't be expressed in public. The argument tied it into the practice of keeping looted Egyptian mummies in parlors and the first sprouts of Gothic arriving from the idea of something old and dead and foreign in your home that might be out for revenge. Ring any bells?
posted by The Whelk on Apr 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Please help me find a (horror?) movie from the 1970's or 1980's

I barely recall it, but the ending haunts me: There is a guy sitting in a small cabin in the woods. There is a body on a rough table in the middle of the cabin. It is night. The man falls asleep, and when he awakens, it's morning, I think the cabin door is now open, and if my memory serves me, the body (a woman?) had been defiled in some way. The man screams, the scream echoes through the woods, the movie ends I think. I cannot recall what movie this was...any ideas? [more inside]
posted by maldrin on Mar 30, 2016 - 3 answers

What was the name of this movie?

A good while back I watched a movie on Netflix about a man returning to his recently deceased mother's home to sort out her affairs despite her devotion to a strange angel cult having driven them apart many years ago. Meanwhile, his mother's ghost observes, fears for his safety, and hopes for reunion. What was the title? Spoiler for the ending after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Mar 14, 2016 - 3 answers

Feed me the nightmare fuel

I have a thing for eldritch abominations, alien geometry, fridge horror, and general nightmare fuel. I want more, pretty please! [more inside]
posted by Owlie on Feb 22, 2016 - 45 answers

Horror Fiction by Authors of Color

Recommendations? I've got Sumiko Saulson's Black Women in Horror list/bios of 60 writers, which is an extensive and exciting resource. But I'm not looking exclusively for work by black women, so - who else brings the chills? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 13, 2016 - 12 answers

Where can I read about this kind of dissociation?

Where can I read about dissociation in which the mind convinces someone that something was positive? I'm thinking about Hawkeye from the end of M*A*S*H* and the chicken as an example of what I mean. (trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 20, 2015 - 11 answers

I want to read books and watch movies about Alternate Histories.

With The Man in the High Castle hitting Amazon Prime today, it got me thinking about other alternate histories that I have yet to read about or watch. Obviously this lends itself to dystopian lit, but I was wondering if there's more obscure things out there besides the mainstream/popular things like Inglorious Basterds. My favorites are sci-fi and horror, but I'm open to just about anything and will pretty much give everything a shot if it's highly recommended. Hope me, MeFites!
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Nov 20, 2015 - 35 answers

Short film or TV episode with a winter horror theme

A campus horror movie group I attend has asked me to pick something short to open their December screening. We're after something with a wintry plot. Christmas horror suggestions are welcome too. A friend is screening a 90 minute movie after me, so the longest I could get away with is a 44 minute TV episode. [more inside]
posted by Municipal Hare on Nov 18, 2015 - 22 answers

Start making sense

I’m looking for suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat movies (horror, mystery, thriller, action) that are reasonably realistic and have a conclusive, unambiguous ending. When watching movies, I’m always willing to suspend some disbelief, but only up to a point. I’m turned off by gaping holes in the plot line, implausible twists, and puzzling endings. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Nov 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Need recommendations for spooky mysteries to give to my Grandmother.

It's October, so I'd like to give my Grandmother some spooky mysteries to read. I've given her quite a few gothics, and those aren't difficult to find, but she now prefers the young adult books I've been getting for her. I know her taste, because we talk a lot about which books she's enjoyed the most, and I know she won't like anything too dark, too serious, or too gross. Lighthearted (but not too silly) mysteries with Halloween themes are what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Sep 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Read to me classic stories of horror.

This Halloween, I'm going to bake myself a Halloween cake, light some candles, turn the lights off, and listen to recordings of classic horror stories read by masters of the form. Need to beef up the story list! [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Halloween S'Carols 2015 edition: creepy new songs for the annual mix?

Looking for any new creepy sounding tracks for my annual Halloween mix. New, or new to you; original songs; cover songs; or even soundtrack selections work. (If a recommendation has appeared on a previous AskMeta thread for Halloween mix tunes, less candy for you!)
posted by Unsomnambulist on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for scary images, ideas, and scenarios.

As an aspiring horror writer, I am constantly in search of inspiration for images and scenarios that terrify. Help me out? [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Sep 10, 2015 - 12 answers

What is the most disturbing horror movie ever?

What is the most disturbing horror movie, and why do you consider it so? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 1, 2015 - 56 answers

Short film about the ghost of an ex-girlfriend?

I'm looking for a short film I saw about a year ago. It involved the ghost of someone's ex-girlfriend manifesting herself through Facebook (not ever identified by name, I don't think, but that's clearly what it was) and attacking him and his current girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by webmutant on Aug 14, 2015 - 2 answers

It wasn't scary, scary but...

What was this movie trailer that played before What We Do in the Shadows? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jul 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Bring On the Spooky History

It's time to take my love of spooky history to a new level. What are some shows, movies, podcasts, etc that do it well? Preferences within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Carnivorous Mermaids and Vampire Child with Polio?

I can't remember this horror comic magazine, though I feel like it may have had a connection to the publishers of Mad! Magazine, William Gaines probably? Pretty sure it wasn't Tales from the Crypt. The above stories in the title are the most memorable.
posted by percor on Jun 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Exploring the intersection between cuteness and horror

I'm interested in exploring a particular aesthetic that I associate with the art of Yoshitomo Nara. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 11, 2015 - 14 answers

What movie is this .gif from?

I could swear I've seen this, but I can't put a name to it. http://i.imgur.com/psN1KPu.gifv
posted by Blienmeis on Jun 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me read more horror fiction!

I don't typically read horror and I want to read more. Specific tastes inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 30, 2015 - 28 answers

Are there any films similar to Alfred Hitchcock?

I adore Hitchcock's work. Are there any other films similar to his genre? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 25, 2015 - 27 answers

What horror film did I watch?

I just rewatched Cronenberg's The Fly. I saw it for the first time when I was a teenager, sometime in the early nineties. There are scenes in the movie that are etched into my memory, which I can vividly remember to this day. Except, having just rewatched the movie, those scenes aren't there. [more inside]
posted by Pyrogenesis on Mar 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Need more short, creeeeeepy books that are super scary!

So, I have recently read a few books that have seriously creeped me out. I love that. I need more books like them - quick reads, seriously scary, well-written but pretty basic in terms of plot, full of dread, and with strong characters that are easy to root for as they battle evil. [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Mar 18, 2015 - 18 answers

Oh baby, I like it raw.... (Trouble finding a short story)

I'm having trouble finding any point of reference for a short story I was recently reminded of regarding a husband who suddenly gets the impulse to drink blood/eat raw meat. If I recall correctly, he just masticates the meat for the juices. It's a long drawn out thing of trying to hide this weird compulsion from his wife, making himself out to be a monster, but in the end it resolves well. [more inside]
posted by ThrowbackDave on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Short story identification post number one million or so

I'm trying to hunt down two grim short stories. Gory details (and spoilers) below the fold! [more inside]
posted by hilatron on Feb 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Best less-scary X-Files episodes?

My wife (and I) would like to catch up on the X-Files. However, she doesn't really like things that are too scary. However! One of her favorite shows of all time is Fringe, which had its own fair share of scary moments. Fringe never really scared her too much. So, with that in mind...what are the best X-Files episodes which won't give her nightmares?
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 8, 2015 - 21 answers

How many times *has* Eli Roth died on film?

Eli Roth seems to be secretly going for the world record for the number of times someone can die on screen - but it's so secret that it's not even in IMDB. How else can I find all of Eli Roth's uncredited deaths? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Dec 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Turing Machines and (Gothic) Horror

I am interested in any writings connecting (Universal) Turing Machines and horror. The idea of computers being able to imitate the behaviour of anything speaks to me of the monsters and doppelgängers from the Gothic tradition onwards. Know any writings on this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Best description of that-indescribable-horror

What's the best description of that-which-can-not-be-described in horror literature you've encountered? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on Nov 6, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me find some non-bloody scary movies

This year my partner and I are planning a scary movie all nighter on Halloween, after the trick or treaters are gone. I would like to get about 4-5 scary movies that are not gory ( no Chainsaw Massacre), no zombies and no first-person documentary style horror movies. Anything else is a go, but would prefer movies made in the last decade rather than vintage stuff. Help me scare the pants off my man! Mwahahah!
posted by Karotz on Oct 28, 2014 - 35 answers

Identify these movie deaths

The directors of the horror film The ABCs Of Death 2 were asked for their favorite movie deaths and a compilation of them was made (NSFW). I can't find a list of the films where the clips are from online and I'm trying to find out the ones I don't know [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Give me the best short bursts of horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia you got.

I'm putting together a Halloween marathon party this weekend, with a few horror movies (about evenly split between good and cheesy selections), and lots of video interludes in between that speak to a sense of pre-2000 horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia. I need your help on the interludes. I'm finding it hard to pick the exact vibe I'm looking for, but for examples: [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Oct 24, 2014 - 9 answers

American-made horror movies

Asking for a friend who is looking for recommendations of any/all American-made horror movies in the last decade that:
  • are not a franchise
  • are not a remake
  • are not a sequel
  • not torture porn
  • not SAW
Cabin in the Woods, The Sacrament, House of the Devil were all good suggestions meeting the criteria. What else has the hivemind got?
posted by ish__ on Oct 22, 2014 - 53 answers

The Greatest Horror Movie Music Hits?

I'm looking for songs that aren't objectively scary or spooky, but due to their use in horror/slasher/whatever movies/TV, they're now associated with scary times. "Goodbye Horses" in Silence Of The Lambs would be the ideal with "Red Right Hand" in Scream just squeeking in.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Movie ID- horror anthology

It's a horror anthology set in the old west. One segment involves a "prairie witch" that kills men by having sex with them. [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Japanese Horror Recommendations

I love Junji Ito. He's probably my favorite horror writer that I have ever read. I especially like the stories "Glyceride" "The Town With No Streets" and " The Window Next Door" . I like the feeling of dread they exude. Not really into jump scares, or torture porn at all. They're scary I guess, yeah. But I like the sort of slow crawl into absurdity ( The walls are suddenly leaking grease... Or the window outside is slowly creeping toward you, How bizzare is that?) So give me your best! I'm into short stories, manga, comics, and movies mostly, but I'll take novels, web stories, pictures, videos, or anything at all you can think of! Creep me out. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe on Sep 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Title of an old kid's book about two boys in a haunted house?

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 - 7 answers

Architectural Horror?

I love looking at photos of buildings or cityscapes that are so ornate, intricate, or overbuilt as to give me a sense of vertigo and/or looming existential horror. Things like the Kowloon Walled City or aerial views of Shanghai or, to a lesser extent, the new Executive Office building in DC. What else is out there? I'm interested in any or all eras and styles.
posted by capricorn on Aug 17, 2014 - 31 answers

Birthday Party Ghost Stories

For my 40th birthday I'd like to have a slumber party with a small group of my friends. I love scary movies (although I prefer supernatural, and am not a fan of slasher films) and would love to incorporate a couple into the fun. One of my close friends can only tolerate not very scary movies (I'm thinking at the level of Rosemary's Baby). A few other important details inside... [more inside]
posted by ezrainch on Aug 2, 2014 - 27 answers

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