The Scary Good Mini-Challenge

Scary Good

Welcome to the April 2016 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! This is the SCARY GOOD challenge, and it’s pretty simple. While we may not all be into horror, perhaps we pick up a book that sends a shiver up our spines even if we aren’t really expecting it. Or perhaps the book makes us think about a “confronting” topic. That’s scary enough for us.

The Task:

Tell us about a book you’ve loved that has scared you in some regard. Leave a comment below OR link up a social media post via the linky widget. Don’t forget to leave contact information if you’re not easily reached!

The Prize: 

A book from worth $15 or less. This is giveaway is open to international participants.

The winner will be announced and contacted once the event wraps up!

75 thoughts on “The Scary Good Mini-Challenge

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  2. The Fold by Peter Clines. Overall it wasn’t that scary of a book, but there was one scene where the main character finds a secret message, written on his wall in blood, that just says “they have found us.” This may not sound scary, but in the context of the story, it creeped me out!

  3. I read Dr Sleep by Steven King, the only one of his books I finished. I didn’t read The Shining, but holy crap was the whole “shining” thing creepy as hell!

  4. Bird Box had me in knots. I blazed through it because I was so stressed about the possibility of what could be out there. Possibilities are even scarier than reality, oftentimes. Such a great, scary read.

  5. One book that I read that REALLY gave me the creeps (and even nightmares, phew!) was The Shining by Stephen King. I’m a Stephen King fanatic and I LOVE a good scare in general. The Shining is also my number one favourite book of all time :)

  6. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore, by Robin Sloan. When Clay is in the reading hall in New York in the night. It gave me the shivers. I’m not that fond of darkness and being alone in a dark, huge room and someone might walk in any second and find you steeling important secret society secrets, is kinda scary.

  7. I just finished up “The Stranger Beside Me” by Ann Rule. SCARY! Reading about Ted Bundy is enough to creep the pants off of anyone – except another psychopath. But the book was great despite the fact that I’ll never go anywhere alone ever ever ever. Ha! Ann did an amazing job of being honest about her experience knowing him personally even though she was conned by him like many others and it took years for her to believe he was the murderer. Anyway, good book, super scary!

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    • I read that years and years ago, when it was still pretty fresh news here in the Northwest. My high school bestie lived near a different high school (moved midyear) and when I’d drive her home and she’d want to pick up the cute boys hitching outside their school, I’d say, “Ted Bundy was cute!” and keep driving. Freaky.

  8. Today I finished reading ‘The Girl in the Wall’ by Daphne Benedis-Grab which is about a hostage situation at a teenage girl’s birthday party. It was amazing, but it definitely got me thinking about being in a situation like that and how scary it would be. There were a lot of moments in the book that had me spooked and sent my mind reeling.

  9. I was kind of scared by A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It’s not a scary book, but something about the story was just so true that it scared me to think about. Just like in the book. One of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read.

  10. I’ve loved Agatha Christie ever since I devoured the vast majority of her books as a teen…but I must admit that her novel And Then There Were None kind of freaks me out! The premise is that 10 people are summoned by a mysterious stranger to a remote location, where they are murdered one by one with no possibility of escape. I have legitimately had NIGHTMARES about a similar situation happening to me!

  11. I just read the graphic novel (well, collection of short stories) Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll. It was super creepy. I keep seeing it compared to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but in my mind these were much darker and more menacing. The art, which is mostly black and white and red, with a definite Edward Gorey influence, makes it even more chilling. I have pretty much zero horror tolerance, so it creeped me out, but the art was so well done, and the stories had this ancient feel that I really admired. My students, who are far tougher than me, LOVE the book.

  12. I’ve linked up. I picked Coraline by Neil Gaiman which literally gave me chills when I was a kid but I loved it so much.

  13. A book that scared me was The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. This is the first book in a series of four. Violet is a girl who can read the auras of dead bodies. These match the auras of the people who killed them. She has to give the bodies a funeral to calm the auras. She usually does this with dead animals in the forest behind her home or animals her cat brings her, but then one day she finds a human body. She then discovers its a serial killer.
    What scared me most about this book is that there are several chapters in the POV of the murderer and they switch to first person. Like, as he’s hunting his victims. It creeped me out soooo much.

  14. I was a latecomer to scary books, but now I really enjoy freaking myself out every now and again! Two of the scariest books I’ve ever read – and loved BECAUSE they scared me so much – are Bird Box by Josh Malerman and The Shining by Stephen King. I liked The Shining because it started so gently and slowly worked its way up to pure horror, by which point there was no way I could stop reading; the Overlook Hotel had ME in its thrall as much as the Torrance family! Bird Box was straight-up horrific from start to finish, and so creepy and skin-crawling to read, I still think about it frequently a year later.

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  15. I read The Exorcist earlier this year, and it definitely gave me the heebie jeebies, worse than the movie ever did. There’s something about reading it that just gives you an unending sense of dread, even after you put the book down…ugh!

  16. The Dark Half by Stephen King. I read this in junior high and I still can’t look at sparrows without wanting to cry

  17. I’m reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and, while it had so far been mostly disgusting and peculiar, it’s 2:00 a.m. and it’s beginning to creep me out just a bit.

  18. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher because, at the time, I had teenaged daughters and the idea of them going through anything even remotely like that terrified me

  19. THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemison starts with a woman dealing with the horrific death of her son, which terrifies me. As a parent, I find child harm to be really disturbing, which is strange because when I was a kid it didn’t bother me at all! Now my teens check out some YA dystopias for me to warn me off the ones they think I won’t handle well (Michael Grant’s GONE, I’m looking at you!).

  20. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. I am not usually a reader of this genre, and I read the first book in this series, Interview with the Vsmpire, years ago. Yes, it creeped me out. Now my daughter (much braver than I) is reading and really enjoying the series, so she is dragging me back in. The things we do for our kids!

  21. Coraline by Neil Gaiman gave my first real scare as a child, but in terms of real life horror stories, there was a scene in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls that was truly chilling. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but that scene left me crying and haunted, and for a long time after, I thought a lot about how some people are living inside scary stories everyday.

  22. Instantly I think of Scary Stories — the collection of creepy stories with the ghoulish illustrations! To this day we will take turns reading stories around the campfire… “where’s my big toe?” Closer, closer…. As the child hides under the sheets of his bed, and the voice gets louder, more insistent.

  23. Queen of Shadows by Sara J. Maas had so pretty scary moments. The action and emotions felt so real that at times you just couldn’t help worrying or being scared. I won’t see much more as I don’t want any one to get spoiled.

  24. Since I don’t seem to read scary books that often I chose two. The Passage by Justin Cronin because I sorta remember being scared by it, and Ava Lavender because I was scared to turn each pages because I knew what was coming and I didn’t and with every turn I got closer and closer but I couldn’t stop reading.

  25. The book that scared me was Girl On The Train. Most people think gone girl was scarier but girl in the train and SPOILER!!!!! The way none of them knew and were so fooled by…..their love and societal beliefs made me worry that no one is who they seem to be. Atleast in gone girl he sort of had it coming. But this was terrifying.

  26. My students (3rd graders) have been very interested in ghost stories lately. One is “The Doll in the Garden”. I decided to take it home and add it to my list of books to read. I was ensured by my students that the book really is scary. One of my kids even has enjoyed this story that he read it twice.

  27. Oh heavens, last week I read Stephen King’s “IT”. It scared the beejeezus out of me. Having to sleep with the lights on at 41 years old is just embarrassing. Right now I am listening to the audio book of “A Night to Remember” about the sinking of The Titanic. This one is scary, but in a completely different way.

  28. I recently finished a book called “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. While this isn’t a horror or scary novel per se, it is a post-apocalyptic that really made me realize how vulnerable I am and society as a whole. I rely so much on technology (electricity), that I wouldn’t know the first thing about taking care of myself or survival in general without it. It is a terrifying concept.

  29. Last year, I read House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. It’s so deeply unsettling and supernatural, and yet somehow also so realistic, that it legitimately made me question my own reality MORE THAN ONCE. It wasn’t even the middle of the night. I’ve never experienced that sort of real-world bleed-over from a book on any other occasion, either before or after. Disorienting, to say the least, and thrilling, once the initial fear faded.

  30. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind freaked me out so much. Like, hello creepy human with insane olfactory senses murdering for scents. Messed me up big time.

  31. I recently finished The Age of Miracles. This book did scare me in that it sort of details the end of life as we know it, presented in a way that makes it seem completely uncontrollable. Unpredictable, unpreventable, unstoppable.

  32. I’m not even finished this book and it’s already left it’s mark. I’m almost done with Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and this book has me on edge. Not because it’s a particular suspenseful book, but because for reasons beyond his control, Simon has to come out to his family. It’s such an anxiety filled scene and I found myself truly scared for the outcome. I am so invested in Simon’s story that I was almost sick with fear as I waited for him to spill the beans. Definitely one of the scariest (and most powerful) reading moments of the readathon.
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  34. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein scared me a lot, in a “we’re all gonna die horribly and it’s all our faults” kind of way. Pretty sure that’s the only book I read last year that made me cry before it was just so difficult to read all the things we’ve done to mess up the environment and all the stuff we could do to fix it if only Big Oil and similar companies weren’t selfishly standing in the way.

  35. The ultimate creepy horror classic ‘The Shining’ would be my pick! Seeing the characters slowly loose their sanity and faith in each other was deeply unsettling!

  36. I’m reading it right now! “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris. Really well written and overall super settling psychological horror thriller. Hannibal Lector gives me the chills :^D

  37. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

    It’s crazy to see how much of our current technology could be adapted to track us and how quickly the government could turn on individuals. Within a short period of time ordinary citizens are basically transformed into international criminals for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  38. I was seriously scared when I read Say Her Name by James Dawson because Bloody Mary actual seems real when you’re reading!

    Another hugely scary read is Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall, it messed with my head so I would definitely recommend it!

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  39. This one is easy: ‘Duma Key’ by Stephen King…I loved this book, but it had some really creepy scenes! : )

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  42. After Hello by Lisa Mangum scared me, not because it’s a horror novel, but because of how true to life it is. It made me realize that there’s so many things in my life that I didn’t like then, and that scared me because the world felt so vast then, and I didn’t know what the first step to take was.

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  43. The Stand by Stephen King scared me. I read the beginning part (when the virus starts to spread) on a bus sitting next to a child who was coughing. Extra scary effect.

    A recent one that scared me was Still Alice. The idea of losing my mind terrifies me.

  44. Hyde by David Lozano. It has the same premise of And Then There Were None and, while not being a horror novel or even overly graphic, it’s creepy. The main murderer is rather predictable if you’ve read any other similar books, but there’s the possibility that there is more than one murderer in a very isolated location. What’s even creepier, as the title suggests, the murderer(s) may not even remember that they’ve been killing their class mates.

  45. I don’t scare very easy so I don’t think I’ve read anything that has really scared me. The closest I’ve come is Jeremy Bates’ Suicide Forest. The intangible aspect, the mystery, urban legend is a tad eerie.

  46. Oh my GOD I had nightmares WEEKS after I read the B.F.G. especially at the witching hour! I started learning English just in case I needed to communicate with the BFG to save me from the other giants!

  47. Alice Walker’s Overcoming Speechlessness : A Poet Encounters The Horror In Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel

    The grimmest horror author would be hard pressed to imagine the acts that she recounts. Acts that happened to real people.

  48. I scare easily so I tend to avoid horror/thrilled/suspense type books. However, I did read the YA paranormal first in the series, The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong, and while a few chapters had scary elements, I got through it pretty well. So if you’re a Scaredy Cat like me but want to dabble, that’s the book I would go with. (I actually made a Spooky Books for Scaredy Cats recommendations video on my channel last year.)

  49. My favorite book is called The Riches Man in Town. It’s scary not in the traditional sense, but in the sense that it made me reevaluate how I live. What is it that I value? How do I treat others? What is my legacy on the world?

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