6 Most Depraved, Gruesome, and Violent Books Ever Written

6 Most Depraved, Gruesome, and Violent Books Ever Written

The books on this list are disturbing and unsettling. There is no winning when you read a book like this. If you don’t finish it, you’ll lose out, and if you do finish it, you’ll feel like you’ve lost. But, whatever doesn’t kill you surely makes you stronger. So without further ado, here are the most depraved, gruesome, and violent books ever written.

1. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

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Ellis is a literally genius and American Psycho is a work of disturbing brilliance. The protagonist Patrick Bateman, who is at the pinnacle of power on Wall Street, has a minutely unpleasant ritual of raping, torturing, and murdering people in his spare time.

2. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West – Cormac McCarthy

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Blood Meridian is the book in which McCarthy makes crystal clear the one theme that runs through all of his writing: the undeniable presence of evil in the world. The book takes place in 1847, is loosely based on actual events and is the story of a fourteen year old boy. Drifting through the American Southwest, the boy joins a disparate and bloodthirsty band of Indian-hunters-for-hire led by a mysterious and learned man called, Judge Holden.

3. Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

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John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let The Right One In is a haunting, and atmospheric story about the unique friendship between a young boy and a vampire child. His spare prose has a haunting poetic edge even in the violent scenes, and is littered with moments of pure creepiness and beauty.

4. Snuff – Chuck Palahniuk

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An over-the-hill porn star wants to go out with a (gang) bang. She arranges for a world record effort with 600 stout and hearty fellows, brave and true. A few of this cast of hundreds are there for more than their allotted 60 seconds of, “contact” with the legend. She has deep ulterior motives, as do each of the featured characters, and all of their twisted narratives come together as the story unravels.

5. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

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A brilliant walk inside the mind of a most highly unusual character, it’s tightly plotted and very deftly written. Iain Banks paints a somewhat absurd, but extremely entertaining portrait of a 17 year old named Frank.

6. Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs

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This book was the last work of literature to be banned in the US. Naked Lunch is truly a trip to the dark side. Dream, hallucination, reality and drug visions blend and merge and disperse. Naked Lunch allows you to put yourself inside the tormented and confused mind of a drug addict as he loses lucidity and visits demons.

7 Greatest Non Supernatural Horror Novels

7 Greatest Non Supernatural Horror Novels

It’s difficult to imagine a book to be terrifying, but the great horror novels have the ability to make you sleep with the light on. A great horror novel is difficult to read, while at the same time being difficult to put down. These books have been written by some of the greatest authors of all time and they are a great representative of the greatest horror books of all time.

Best Horror Books

1. Misery – Stephen King

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When you start to read Misery, you’ll be hooked from the very first page. This is a book that will haunt yours days and nights long after you’ve finished it.

2. Red Dragon – Thomas Harris

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This novel by Thomas Harris is the best of the “Hannibal” books. Will Graham is a profiler who is brought on the case of the Tooth Fairy, a serial murderer killing entire families. This book lets you into the head of the killer, giving the book a deeper and more frightening edge.

3. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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On November 15th 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were dragged from their beds in the early hours of the morning and tied up. All four were shot in the head with a shotgun at close range. Truman Capote, traveled to Holcomb in late 1959 to investigate the killings for an article which then turned into this terrifyingly chilling book.

4. Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo

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Johnny tells the story of Joe Bonham, an American soldier who is horrifically wounded in World War I. The book is told from Joe’s perspective as he struggles to understand and cope with his situation. His mind wanders back and forth between his past and present, including his war experiences and his immediate condition.

5. Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews

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This book is a bizarre horror story about maturing physically as a teenager and yet being powerless before adult authority. It is a shockingly true book, a great example of greed and selfishness.

6. Intensity – Dean Koontz

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This is a horror novel which is set within a 24 hour time span, revolving around one character as she battles one of the most insidious and psychotic villains in literature.

7. Haunted – Chuck Palahniuk

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This book is a collection of short stories, written by characters who are on a writer’s retreat. They all responded to an ad to “give up three months of your life and create the masterpiece you have always said you would”. When they show up, they’re locked into an old ornate theater house. They have food, shelter, and facilities, yet all the doors are locked, all the windows bricked over and there is no way out.

Halloween Scary Books List: 6 Most Frightening Novels Ever

Halloween Scary Books List: 6 Most Frightening Novels Ever

Do you want a book to scare the hell out of you? Are you looking for really scary books to creep you out?

These 6 novels will do just that. These are the best books for Halloween to scare you and your friends.

Halloween Scary Books List: 6 Most Frightening Novels Of All Time

1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

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Johnny Truant, a tattoo parlor employee, has come into possession of a trunk full of bizarre scraps of paper once owned by an old blind man, Zampano who is now dead. The papers comprise of an exploration of a cult film called “The Navidson Record” and its sub-films, documentaries about an ever-expanding house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and which consumes the lives of anyone who enters its dark hallways or watches the tapes.

2. The Shining – Stephen King

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The Shining remains a visceral, gripping read that showcases Stephen King’s powers to hypnotize and terrify readers.

3. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

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The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the most important horror novels of all time and certainly one of the most singular haunted house tales ever written. It is certainly worth mentioning that at no time do we or the characters actually see any sort of visible ghostly manifestation; the phenomena are limited to cold spots, spectral banging on the walls and doors, messages written on walls, and torn, blood-spewed clothing in one room.

4. The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

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This is a haunting and frightening story about how one’s childhood desires and expectations never truly diminish, in fact if left unchecked, they can grow to such a horrifying proportion that they take on a life and soul of their own.

5. Hell House – Richard Matheson

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Hell House” has enough twists and turns to satisfy, and enough really scary, disgusting stuff to possibly haunt your dreams.

6. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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Set in the post-apocalyptic hell of an unending nuclear winter, Cormac McCarthy writes about a nameless man and his young son, wandering through a world gone crazy; bleak, cold, dark, where the snow falls down gray; moving south toward the coast, looking somewhere, anywhere, for life and warmth.

Stephen King: Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

Stephen King: Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the most prolific horror writers of our time and perhaps all time. He has been called a great many things. The Master of Horror Fiction. Fascinating. Frightening. Hypnotic. Demonic. Tremendous. Spellbinding. His own bio blurb refers to himself as the “world’s best selling novelist.” His titles have enjoyed massive success both in their written form, or as hugely successful movies.

Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

1. ‘Salem’s Lot Stephen King

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Jerusalem’s Lot is an unassuming small town in southern Maine. It is the kind of town where everybody knows everybody else and most of the residents have lived there all of their lives. In this atmosphere it was odd indeed when three strangers came to town at almost the same time. One of these strangers wasn’t really a stranger at all. He had spent part of his childhood there and had returned in hopes of ridding himself of some old demons. The other two strangers also had an old connection with the town but it was a much darker and sinister connection.

2. The Shining Stephen King

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Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister.

3. The Long Walk Stephen King

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This book is about the in-depth story of how a boy named Ray Garraty must survive the greatest challenge of his life — the Long Walk. This annual event is summarized as follows: 100 boys start walking; if you walk under 4 miles per hour, you get a warning; after 3 warnings, if you slow down again, you are shot dead. The winner of the Long Walk is the last boy left walking.

4. Cujo Stephen King

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Acute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King’s canine classic. Cujo the St Bernard is one of the most lovable dogs in literature for the first 20 pages, before he gets bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and wreaks havoc in King’s favourite setting, the humdrum town of Castle Rock, Maine.

5. Different Seasons – Stephen King

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The films Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil are based on three of the stories from this collection. Oddly enough no one has made a movie of the fourth story, ‘The Breathing Method’, about a woman calmly giving birth despite having been decapitated in a car accident.

6. Pet Sematary Stephen King

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The plot revolves around young doctor Louis Creed, who moves to a remote little town in Maine with his beautiful family — but they all get the feeling that the cute little town has a dark, evil secret. Wierd things start to happen when a college student comes into Creed’s campus infirmary — hit by a truck and as good as dead — and sputters warnings out to him, and later appears in a dream, advising him not to pass the barrier at the end of the “Pet Sematary.”

7. Misery Stephen King

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The novel that makes every writer nervous about being left alone with somebody who professes to be a big fan. It’s nice to know that somebody cares about your work, but Misery Chastain takes it a bit too far.

8. The Green Mile Stephen King

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Is John Coffey a Murderer? As the large man is admitted to Death Row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary saying, “I tried to take it back, but it was too late,” that is question Paul Edgecombe, head of security, must ask himself. After some investigation, and with the help of Eduard Delecroix, a convicted murderer, and his pet mouse Mr. Jingles, Paul discovers the truth and is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life.

9. It Stephen King

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A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

10. The Dead Zone – Stephen King

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A young teacher named Johnny Smith is “gifted,” through a car accident that leaves him comatose for nearly five years, with a strange precognitive/telepathic ability. And here’s the catch, evidence of King’s genius if ever I’ve seen it: He has to be touching a person or object for the power to work. King takes this startlingly simple (and original) idea, and weaves it into the most complex, and intriguing, tapestry of his career.