Showing posts with label creepy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creepy. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Chilling Halloween Reads For People Who Can't Stand Blood and Ghosts | Top Ten Tuesday



Not everything has to be spooky and gore-y in order to qualify for a mood-appropriate Halloween read. 
So here are ten books that are all chilling in their own ways but by no means will spill guts and blood in your face while reading. You're welcome.




FORESHADOWED - Holly M. Campbell
Concept: a serial killer is planning to kill you and you're psychic, so you know he'll come. But one thing - your psychic abilities aren't very precise. Constant vigilance it is then. (Dec 2014, 48Fourteen) Goodreads

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN - Holly Black
Who thought putting ALL vampires in a single enclosure was a good idea? Sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Reality in this one. (Sep 2013, Little Brown Books) Goodreads

LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Córdova
Bisexual witches are here to give you a tour of the land of the dead. (Sep 2016, Sourcebook Fire) Goodreads



THE FORBIDDEN GAME - L.J. Smith
Jumanji YA style. L.J. Smith is one of the pioneers of YA and this woman just knows what she's doing. This trilogy is absolutely terrifying and wonderful and swoony. (Jun 2016, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

DON'T LOOK BACK - Jennifer L. Armentrout
So you're found alone wandering in the woods, covered in blood. Next thing they tell you is that yout best friend disappeared. Do you want to know what happened that night? (Apr 2014, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads

UPROOTED - Naomi Novik
There's nothing more terrifying than a forest at night. Especially if that forest starts eating people. (May 2015, Del Rey) Goodreads




ABANDON - Meg Cabot
You can never go wrong with a good-old Persephone & Hades retelling. Even less so when it's a Goth Hades and a Latina Persephone. (May 2011, Macmillan) Goodreads

THE 5TH WAVE - Rick Yancey
I can't imagine anything more creepy than aliens taking over the planet and systematically eradicating humanity step by step.  (May 2013, G.P. Putnam's Sons) Goodreads

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs
This isn't scary-creepy this is more like... Addams family-creepy. With the movie coming up it's a safe tip to give it a shot! (Jun 2011, Quirk) Goodreads



ALIVE - Scott Sigler
Have you ever woken up alone in a coffin before? ... do you want to? (Jul 2015, Del Rey) Goodreads

Have you read any of these books? 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

[Review] Nightmares & Dreamscapes (#1) - Stephen King: 90% filler and Eerie Conclusions. You call that horror?






This is a short story collection full of supposedly scary short story tales.

What intrigued me: I haven't read a book by Stephen King before and I'm in a massive reading slump, so reading a scary short story collection seems like a good idea!

Not scary, not even remotely horror!

My favorite thing about this is probably the foreword. The stories weren't what I expected them to be. I was hoping for a lot of scary reads, but this is just a random collection of mediocre short stories.

His ideas are very unique, inspiring, and interesting, but in no way what the title NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES suggests. You aren't going to find anything remotely creepy in here, most are just tales about weird people with weird goals, but scary and nightmare-ish is a completely different thing. As it is I was somewhat entertained, but this is just not what the short story collection is advertised as and it's very disappointing, especially because this is my first Stephen King read.

However, I do enjoy King's writing style to some extent. It's easy and quick to read, but I think he overdoes it with the character building. That's also why most of his stories have very weak and slow beginnings that make you want to quit before you've actually gotten to the story. Especially for short stories, you don't need to know about the protagonist's parents and grandparents, or any other specific character building element. I was hoping for the stories to terrify me from beginning to the end but most stories can only deliver a small somewhat eerie conclusion and are 90% filler.

Individual stories & ratings

  • 1. Dolan's Cadillac ★☆☆☆☆

Plot: A widower is trying to murder the guy who's responsible for his wife's death by digging a hole and burying him and his expensive car alive.
Opinion: Not scary, just insanely boring. and long-winded. I could hardly finish this.

  • 2. The End of the Whole Mess ★★★★★

Plot: A brilliant prodigy finds a way to cure humanity from its original sin. But for a price.
Opinion: I loved this so much, it's so interesting to see how the mind of a highly intelligent character works. I would love a full-length novel about this. Some continuity issues and an unsatisfying ending, but overall SUPER interesting. Again, not scary though.

  • 3. Suffer the Little Children ★★★☆☆

Plot: Mean teacher is the only one that realizes all children in her school are possessed by monsters.
Opinion: Another boring one. The premise is very interesting, but it's not very scary and too much is left open. 

  • 4. The Night Flier ☆☆☆☆☆

Plot: Reporter seeks out someone whom he believes to be a serial killer that thinks they're a vampire, but the guy actually turns out to be a vampire.
Opinion: Horrible. Such a slow beginning, so much unnecessary monologues and backstory, and a very, very disappointing creature that isn't scary in the least. A very long story that feels like I 100% wasted my time even bothering with this one.

  • 5. Popsy ★★★★☆

Plot: A gambling-addict-turned-child-abductor abducts a monster spawn.
Opinion: I loved this. Less annoying backstory as in the previous stories and a convincing monster story, that I really, really liked. Not as scary as I wanted it to be, but another candidate that I'd like a full-length novel of.

  • 6. It Grows on You ☆☆☆☆☆

Plot: A mysterious house keeps on growing and adding new wings even long after its owner died.
Opinion: The worst case of please show instead of tell I've ever witnessed. So much backstory oh my god. Seems very pointless to me.

  • 7. Chattery Teeth ★★★★☆

Plot: A man picks up an evil hitchhiker and gets saved by a joke item.
Opinion: Interesting and a little eerie. Though too much gore for my taste. 

  • 8. Dedication ★★☆☆☆

Plot: A maid consumes eats her boss' semen to work a magic spell so her child would grow up to be as talented as him
Opinion: The main flaw of the story is that it's told in retrospective. It's also really weird.

  • 9. The Moving Finger ★★★☆☆

Plot: There is a moving finger perking out of someone's drain and they really don't like it.
Opinion: Super weird. I don't know if I thought it was scary, more bloody, actually. It was okay, but I missed the ~logical explanation~ part.

  • 10. Sneakers ★★☆☆☆

Plot: The ghost of a murdered man comes back to sit on a toilet and wear dirty sneakers.
Opinion: Not a fan of public restroom horror or whatever this is. I was glad to have at least one ghost story in this though.

  • 11. You Know They Got a Hell of a Band ★☆☆☆☆

Plot: A couple on a road trip encounters a town full of dead musicians.
Opinion: Too much gore for me and a very weak premise.

  • 12. Home Delivery ★☆☆☆☆

Plot: An old-fashioned zombie outbreak story.
Opinion: Nothing special, very boring!


Overall Rating:

★★½☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Not as your first King read. I was disappointed because I was looking for something super scary. It's an okay short story collection, but the title is very misleading.



Additional Info

Published: June 30th 2009
Pages: 897 (1+2)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Adult / Horror
ISBN:  9781439102565

Synopsis:
"A collection of short stories, several being published for the first time, offers a spine-tingling journey to the nightmare world created by a master of sheer terror and grotesque imagination."
(Source: Goodreads)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] Bad Girls Don't Die - Katie Alender

Alexis' sister Kasey is obsessed with dolls. She only thinks it's a little weird, until her sister starts acting strange.

When they find out she's possessed by a doll, Alexis has to do everything she can to save her.

What intrigued me: I love horror in all forms.

I liked Alexis. She is a typical YA protagonist but still not as delusional or immature like Juliette from SHATTER ME or Laurel from LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD.

There's a strange vibe around Kasey though, she is supposed to be twelve or fourteen, but acts like a nine-year-old. That’s where you can tell that an adult's writing this. 

In general there is a lot of awfully convenient action going on. I just have to go ahead and spoil some stuff to prove my point. I feel like I can't really express my opinion on this without spoiling the ending. The whole novel builds up to (what you hope is an) epic climax and then just flip-flops like a fish on dry ground and leaves you disappointed. Here's what I noticed:

SPOILERS: 
Don't read if you don't want to get spoiled!!!

WHAT A SURPRISE that Alexis happens to know the girl whose family was destroyed by the very same ghost that now possesses her sister.
WHAT A SURPRISE that Megan (unlike any other 21st century mean girl) suddenly was eager to help and instantly became Alexis’ best friend.
SURPRISINGLY this happend when she needed someone to provide her with information that only Megan had.
WHAT A SURPRISE that Megan knows how to get rid of a ghost. Yeah, exorcisms were also my favourite pastime acitvity at 16.
...

Also letting Kasey live in the end? Come on. It’s a ghost story, this is supposed to be an awesome hybrid between YA and horror! I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t even feeling any human emotion to be honest. I just read on, hoping that there would be something extraordianary coming, besides creepy-girl-in-the-corner-at-dark clichés. Well. She just kept the latter ones coming.

Also you can’t write a dark story without actually remotely touching dark subjects. Tragic backstories are alright, but as a reader I am more interested in the present than suicidal teenagers or arsonist ghosts in the past. Make sacrifices in the present! Else, by letting everybody live, it just seemed like a cheap excuse to write another ten sequels which I am not going to read. 


Rating:

★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?


Usually I would say this is a nice YA read. But luring readers in by saying this is a horror story, only with teen protagonists, when it clearly isn’t, is just cheating.
The crammed-in romance plot annoyed me and therefore I didn’t care about Carter or his tragic backstory. Most characters only have short appearances in order to fuel the plot and then get dumped into character nirvana.



Additional Info

Published: April 21st 2009
Pages: 346
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA / Horror
ISBN:  9781423108764

Synopsis:
"Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?"(Source: Goodreads)


 Have you read any good horror novels lately?

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