reading · science fiction

What’s the most terrifying book you ever read?

This is a question that a BookEnds asked: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/books/review/whats-the-most-terrifying-book-youve-ever-read.html

The writers chose books for various reasons, including how real the book felt.

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

For me, the scariest book I ever read is Nineteen Eighty-Four. It’s dystopian, not horror, but the way they changed the newspapers after publication? Yeah. Not taking it back, not apologizing for a print error, but changing it altogether.

That kind of thing wasn’t possible when it was written, it wasn’t possible in 1984, but it is possible now. And that’s scary.

I love ebooks and reading online in general, but that kind of thing is possible and it scares me. It really does.

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “What’s the most terrifying book you ever read?

        1. Actually no. Real horror is more commonplace. I am not afraid of fantasy horror, but give me the horror in real life and you will have me at pins and needles.

  1. Hmmmm, I don’t know what the most terrifying book I’ve read would be. Maybe Stephen King’s It, just because I was so young and impressionable when I read it.

    (The changing of the newspapers, post-printing IS scary. But man, so is the fear of the rats in the box. Ugh.)

  2. 1984 horrified me when it came out. The ending and how it showed a government could essentially erased the personality of the main character stuck with me for a long time. Plus the rats.

    I read a lot of horror, fantasy and realistic. I would have to think really hard about which disturbed me the most. Though, the most recent to make me shiver before sleep was House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

Say something and make my day!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s