Top 5 Creepy Settings

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Hello! Guess what day it is! Today’s topic is creepy settings. And with Halloween looming near, I suppose I should read creepy books. Maybe. We’ll see. 😛

I always get so excited about that camel, man.
If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

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5. The slow descent into madness seen in Diabolo by Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1I suppose this one is more of a plot point than it is a setting, but the entire book revolves around it, so it fits I think. This series follows the slow progression into insanity the main characters fall into after selling their soul to the devil. It has been a few years since I’ve read it, but I remember being thoroughly creeped.

This is a three-volume-long series so super quick if you’re looking for a chilling read for Halloween.

 

4. The neato and chilling art seen in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAgain, not fully ‘setting’ but the art in this book is so atmospheric that it sets the tone for the whole book. It’s really lovely.

 

 

 

3. The abandoned, burned-out building in the movie Mirrors

Image result for mirrors movieAn actual setting! This movie takes place in an old shopping mall, years after it burned out and was abandoned. It follows a security guard who patrols it – he keeps it and the place’s hundreds of mirrors safe.

I couldn’t brush my teeth while looking in the mirror for a week after the first time watching this one.onlythrow

PS. Don’t watch the second one. Only the first –>

2. The creepy cultish world in The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)This book was unsettling. You have the zombie apocalypse, right. But then you also have this band of super culty-religious people running likely the last stronghold of humanity. It. Was. Weird.

I really liked this book.

 

 

 

1. The terrifying idea of a sadistic AI ruling over what remains of humanity found in I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamThis short story was really really disturbing. It follows a small group of people. The last ones? Who knows. They certainly don’t, as they try to live while being the plaything of an AI gone rampant. They’ve no way to get out, even killing themselves will result in the AI just bringing them back for more torture. This seriously gave me the heeby-jeebies and I totally recommend it.

 

 

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And that’s it! Creepy things, creepy things. Happy reading!

Halloween Book Tag (v2)

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Hello, a tag today. :”D I wasn’t tagged but I needed to do something festive for the creepy day on Monday. So here it is. This tag was created by Naomi TheBookLover. Also, totally did this tag last year. Doing it again.


Carving Pumpkins – What book would you carve up and light on fire?

I feel like there aren’t many books I hate with reckless abandon, and even then, burning books in general to me seems a bit excessive. If I had to choose one though… I’d choose Encyclopedia Britannica, purely because it’s effing huge and will keep me warm for hours. :”D

Trick or Treat – Which character is a treat and which is a trick?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)Treat: Nighteyes from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. This character is a wolf bound with the main character and he was a constant source of entertainment and joy throughout the series, even when he was a vicious little puppy. He’s so cute and I want a Nighteyes.Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)

Trick: Kennit from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy. I’m currently buddy reading this series with Zezee and it took three whole chapters for me to despise this guy. He’s just such an asscrack. Goodness gracious. I like the book, but wanna deck this guy in the head.

Candy Corn – What book is always sweet? What book was a huge let down?

RumbleI hate candy corn so I’m changing this question to something more suitable to my tastes. And now that the question is more accurate, I’m going to go with Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. I wrote a review on this book, detailing my dislike for it. I went into it hearing the Ellen Hopkins’ books were fantastic wonderful things and I was rather severely disappointed. Granted, I haven’t read anything else by her, so I’m probably assuming too much. I would totally be up for trying another, I just don’t know which to pick.

But yeah. Rumble was bad. Icky ick.

Ghost – What character would you like to visit you as a ghost?

I’m assuming the question isn’t trying to encourage spoilers, but it’d be way too easy to drop a few without thinking on this one. So to just avoid that altogether, I’m going with Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter. He’s already dead to begin with so no spoilers. :”D

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Wizards and Witches – What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Image result for time turner bookProbably the time paradox at the end of the third book. The whole time-turner thing was such a huge missed opportunity and what little they did do with it was pretty great. So it’s my favorite part. :”D

 

Blood and Gore – What’s a book that was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a little while?The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. This is a YA horror novel and therefore going into it I didn’t expect nearly as much gore and grossness as I got. It was a great book, don’t get me wrong, it just caught me completely off guard. I’ve heard the next one is even grosser so it’s intimidating me now.

 


And that’s it! I tag Ace, the Orang-utan Librarian and Zezee to do it (if you’ve done it, ignoring my poking).

Happy reading. :”D

Top 5 Wednesday: Spooky Settings

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First time in a long time that I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday post (or posted regularly at all, whoop). This week’s theme is spooky settings, both ones I’ve seen in books and one I would like to see in books. So this is going to be a more… wordy post. If anybody knows a book that fits any of the settings I describe, do let me know, won’t you. The T5W group can be found here if you’d like to participate.


FiveThe Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

I really enjoy settings with cultist or religion-gone-crazy overtones, especially if the entirety of exactly what this group of people is doing doesn’t come to light right away. I love that moment of horror, of realization that I get when I see what is truly happening within the group. It’s unsettling and the reason I love it so much is because it’s the most real. People join groups and do horrible things all the time – I’m not condoning or encouraging people to join a cult or anything, but knowing that it could happen makes the book all the more chilling. A good example of this is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The main character lives in a town surrounded by fences. On the outside of those fences are the rest of what once was humanity. As the book progresses, the reader sees that the horrors outside the fence might be matched by the horrors within. It’s so good, it’s so unsettling, it’s so goooood. Another example could be the latest season of American Horror Story: Roanoke. I’m not going to go into detail, but it’s the first season that’s actually frightened me in a long while.

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Pitch Black PosterThe fear of the unknown is an excellent driver of horror in my book. Anything where the characters are surrounded by potential horror but they don’t know for sure. The movie Pitch Black is a good example of this. The characters find themselves on a planet covered in darkness and they can’t see or know what lies within it. Jump scares are common in this kind of writing/viewing and are usually super effective on me.

This could also apply to horrors that aren’t supernatural at all – being stranded in the ocean for example or lost in space. The movie Gravity terrified me even though it wasn’t technically a ‘horror’. The fear of getting lost or abandoned kept crawling up my skin while watching it and I couldn’t shake it for a while afterwards. Yuck, I love it.

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Monsters. I know that’s a cop-out in general to say ‘Monsters’ but I mean it. Monsters! Big ones, vicious ones, ruthless ones. Ones that don’t see humans as anything but prey. That’s what scares me. The thought of being devolved into nothing but meat. Three good examples of this are Attack on Titan, both the manga and the anime (watch it, oh my gosh – it’s available on Netflix), Troll Hunter (also on Netflix) and The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. All three call into question my humanity in the sense that… I may be a person, have my own thoughts, feelings and ideas, but there will always be something that doesn’t see that, that only sees the flesh on my bones. It’s creepy, I don’t like it, but I can’t get enough.

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Paranormal Activity PosterOne of my favorite horror elements is something that Paranormal Activity captures pretty well. Camera feeds. It’s always so nerve-wracking for me to watch a still feed and just have to wait for something to happen. I know it’s going to happen, but it still scares the doody out of me.

Another thing the camera incorporates is the low-pitched sound when something is approaching. A lot of testimony of people who claim to have seen ghosts or demons or whatever often mention hearing that sound and I think it’s great when it’s incorporated.

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My absolute very creepy setting is when the audience is involved in the horror. You the reader are involved. The best example I have of this is actually from an ongoing series written on the /r/nosleep subreddit on reddit (btw, /r/nosleep has a lot of spooky stuff on there if you want scary things to read). This series I’m talking about in particular is simply called ‘Correspondance‘ and was written by a user named ‘bloodstains’. It starts as a simple email correspondance and slowly devolves into horror. The writer involves the reader through technology. Pictures mentioned that have been ‘attached’ to the emails are linked in the posts, videos are linked. It allows the reader to see what the characters are seeing, hear what they’re hearing. It’s really unsettling, especially if you’re reading it in the dark by yourself. It’s like… do I really want to click on this link? Do I really want to see what’s being talked about? It’s creepy, it’s unnerving and it’s wonderful.

If you decide to read this one and are unfamiliar with reddit, know that after you finish the first bit of the series, you can click on the username that wrote it to access the next bits.

This is my favorite method of horror. It allows me to be in it but still at a safe distance.


Happy reading

Halloween Book Tag

Today is a tag. :”D I found the Halloween book tag here and it’s original creator is here. Since Halloween is tomorrow and I’m planning on doing a Nano post tomorrow, I figured I’d put up this one today instead. So here it goooes.

1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

RumbleAt this time last year, I would have said Twlight, but I have found a book I dislike even more. :”D So it’s gonna be my tinder instead. And that would be Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. I did a review on it (warning, if you liked this book, don’t read that). I didn’t like that book at all. I haven’t read anything else by Hopkins though, so I’m hoping it was just this book that I disliked.

Anyways, yes, it will provide me warmth.

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)Treat: John Anchor from Iron Angel by Alan Campbell. John Anchor is one of my alltime favorite characters ever. He appears in Iron Angel, which is the second book of the Deepgate codex. Everywhere John goes, he pulls around a huge tether than strapped to his back and disappears up into the sky. Turns out, he’s the anchor for a god’s ship and leads it around on the ground. He’s a huge, bulking, intimidating character with a heart of gold. I loves him. I really wish someone would create some fan art of the guy. I’ve tried looking and failed. D:Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1

Trick: Fuhrer King Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Not gonna say anymore because spoilers, but ugh.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I grew up rereading this book, among others. I love this book. It’s so nostalgic for me, it’s always a treat when I get to reread it.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Like the video said where I found this tag, I feel like saying any character would be a spoiler, so…

Spoiler for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: I’d want Dumbledore to come visit. It would be so cool AND SAD, MAN.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)I think it’d be really cool to be anyone with the ability to fly (assuming the costume gave me the ability too ;”D). So maybe Goku or Piccolo from Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama would be awesome.

6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)I like how this question is just straight up Harry Potter, haha. I think my favorite would be the whole time turner thing in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Though at the same time it mildly infuriates me. It had so much potential and after that book they just kind forget about it. Grr. But yes, time turner, Sirius Black, Buckbeak.

Btw, I CANNOT WAIT for the illustrated version of book 3. I’m SO EXCITED.

7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

MPD Psycho, Vol. 1The first one that pops into my head is MPD Psycho by Eiji Otsuka. This book is just gross, man. It’s about a serial killer that does messed up things and it totally deserves the title ‘graphic’ novel, because holy cow is it graphic. Yuck. I couldn’t even finish it and gave it away to a friend who likes gore. Beh.


So that’s the tag. :”D Happy Halloween everyone.

I tag:

Ace, Zezee, Analee, Panda, BooksatDawn, Orang-utan Scifi and Scary, Shivii and anyone else who would like to do it!

Haaaaave fun. :”D