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Scariest Book!

Discussion in ''Salem's Lot' started by MandarkC, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    Great books, both of them. But if i had to pick it would definitely be Pet Semetary. It gives me shivers just to think about it. The Lot is scary but not so scary that you can feel the marrow in your bones turn to ice. But, of course, always when a tree or bird or something knocks at the window i always have to persuade myself that it wasn't someone that wanted to come in. By the way, i can recommend John Ajvide Lindqvists "Let me in". At least they named the movie that. It is based on a really good vampire story that takes place in a suburb to Stockholm. If you translate the swedish original title it would be "Let the right one enter" i guess. Don't know its english title but know it was translated to a lot of languages. Not in Kings class perhaps but a sound stand by so to speak. I enjoyed it.
  2. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    I didn't find it scary. But I did find it exceptionally entertaining and nerve-wracking. Because I cared about the characters and when they were dying or failing (that poor priest!) while I was rooting for them to slap that evil down, it was sort of exhausting. Pet Semetary didn't scare me either. Though it gave me the creeps, and while I was stationed at Fort Lewis I found a pet cemetary out there in the woods when I was running once that sort of made my flesh crawl - all by itself, middle of deep woods, dark, rainy, cold and quiet. I hightailed it out of there I can tell you and all because of the book.

    The ones that actually frightened me were It, The Library Policeman (from Four Past Midnight) and Gramma (from Skeleton Crew). Libraries were, and still are, one of my favorite places to spend time and the way in those first two that King linked the horror to them, and the way my mind automatically conjured up the library I knew and loved, that was scary. And my own Grandma died slowly and very ill and my family took care of her, at her house, at the end (I was a teenager at the time). So I spent a lot of time with her toward the end and I couldn't get those images out of my mind either when I read Gramma (though mine was a sweet woman).

  3. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    Just finished this book (first read!) last week. Well done, Stephen!! Some scariness going on in several places, and a couple of scenes were downright unsettling. Enjoyable read, glad to finally get it behind me in terms of stories still needing to be read. Not in the top five, but likely in the top ten.
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  4. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I think that might be partly true for you, as you had read other SK books before it.
    It was my first sk book at a young age. I had never read anything like it.
    (I remember thinking, "This guy curses in a book! How can I laugh one page and be terrified the next?"
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  5. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I found Bag of Bones, Duma Key, Gerald's Game, 1408, The Jaunt, The Long Walk, Misery, The Mist, N., and The Raft the scariest.
  6. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    The Lot was the scariest for me.
  7. olivierFR

    olivierFR New Member

    I agree with MandarkC, this novel is the most scarefuly than i'v ever read.
    I've already rode almost than 4 other novels but this one is.. brrr
    I'm a french native and near to my citie i've a lot of small village with a strange atmosphere. This feeling was going up after reading this book and i can imagine that it's the same for you!
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  8. samhain

    samhain Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah.....this is a scary one. I've read the book several times and just finished listening to the audiobook. Still manages to get me every time.
    The other nerve-wreckers are 'The Shining' 'IT' and 'Pet Sematary' :eek:
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  9. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    'Salem's Lot is definitely one of King's scariest.
  10. KingAHolic

    KingAHolic Banned

    Nailed it.
  11. Ves-Ka Gan

    Ves-Ka Gan Active Member

    Salems Lot scared me to death when I first read it. I was about 19 at the time and living in the Nurse's Home (was an assistant nurse) and didn't finish it then. Spoiler; I got to the bit about the teacher coming back as a vampire and was so scared I threw the book out of the window and vowed to never read another sk book again. There was a church opposite and I prayed to God for protection! I looked out the window a few hours later and it was gone. I did read it a few years later and finished it but it's the only book that's ever given me nightmares and it still creeps me out when I reread it. King's books still scare me but not to that extent. Salem's Lot and Bram Stockers Dracula are still the best two vampire novels ever written in my opinion. Truly terrifying.
  12. There's a pervading sense of unease throughout the entire book. It's unapologetic in its old school horror approach. I'm reading it again for the first time in a decade (my third time), and it does not disappoint. I just passed the scene in which Royal and Hank deliver the "sideboard" to the Marsten House basement, and was struck by how authentic the dread was--when Hank goes back into the basement (alone this time) to place the keys on the table, it's frightening in a way that evokes childhood. (And it's a nice mirror of an earlier scene, in which the Glick boys run into trouble on the way to Mark's house.) As an adult, I'm rarely--if ever--in a situation in which stepping into an empty room is terrifying. But when I was a kid? All the time. This is one of the strengths of early King, and of 'SALEM'S LOT, in particular--his ability to evoke the terror of being a child.

    Is it his scariest book? That's open to discussion--THE SHINING and PET SEMATERY can't be disregarded--but it gets my vote.
  13. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    My attitude about 'Salem's Lot is that I still find it astounding that it's only an author's second major publication, it's so inventive and professionally written. It's certainly my personal favorite vampire story and yes I've read Stoker.
  14. First time I read it, I was a teenager. The second time, I was a young man in love. On this, my third read, I am forty, and a father of a ten year old boy. On my first read, I felt closest to Mark--his bedroom could have been my bedroom. On read number two, the burgeoning romance between Ben and Susan stood out. On this read, I had a really hard time with the Glick funeral scene--it got to me in ways it simply never could have before.

    I don't think I'll be revisiting PET SEMATERY any time soon...
  15. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever

    I really need to read this one. Welcome to the SKMB though :)
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  16. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    I think if there were a movie called "Pantywise", I would want to watch it!
  17. CortyCort

    CortyCort Member

    I read this book about 13 years ago and it was definitely the scariest book ever! I am reading The Shining for the second time and I think i will read Salem's Lot again, next.
  18. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Yes, please do. It's truly great.
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  19. Ashcrash

    Ashcrash Well-Known Member

    Pet Cemetery is another one of those books that I saw the movie of as a kid. SCARED THE living daylights out of me. Then read it as an adult and relived the nostalgic horror. But that was more suspenseful then scary to me as an adult. DREAMCATCHER however, let me tell you what. I was reading that book and thought it wasn't scaring me until I had to go outside to grab something out of my car (after dark) and suddenly thought there's something right behind me I got to hurry, did I just hear something, play it cool, F IT RUN lol.
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  20. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Lol, I like how different things scare different people for whatever reason. It didn't even occur to me to get scared at any point reading Dreamcatcher. I was way too busy being totally grossed out and asking myself, "What in the hell am I reading?!?" That book was like a literary version of Fear Factor or Bizarre Foods lol.

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