Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy reads

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic for the week is a Halloween related freebie, so I’m going with creepy reads. This includes short stories, novels, non-fiction and poems that are either scary or disturbing for many different reasons. Let’s check them out!

1. NIGHT FILM BY MARISHA PESSL | PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

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A reporter delves into an investigation of an enigmatic filmmaker and his family after her daughter commits suicide. This book isn’t scary per se, but it plays with your mind and the atmosphere is definitely unsettling. It’s one of my favorite reads of the year.

[My review here]

2. PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS: LOVE, GRIEF AND A JOURNEY INTO JAPAN’S SHADOWS BY RICHARD LLOYD PARRY | NON-FICTION 

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This is a true crime story of a girl who moved to Japan and disappeared, showing the dangers of being a foreigner working as a hostess and how a family copes with such a tragedy. It’s sad and unsettling, as any true crime book, but a story worth reading.

 3. BIRD BOX BY JOSH MARLERMAN | HORROR NOVEL

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Imagine a world where you can’t open your eyes because there is something out there that’s making people kill others and then kill themselves. A great book with a scary concept!

4. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER BY CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN | SHORT STORY

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A woman is confined in a country side bedroom to rest, which is covered in a yellow wallpaper that starts upsetting her more and more with each passing moment. One of my favorite short stories, if not my ultimate favorite. It’s a masterpiece on mental health and very creepy.

5. REASONS SHE GOES TO THE WOODS BY DEBORAH KAY DAVIES | FICTION (VIGNETTES)

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Through short vignettes we come to know about Pearl, a violent girl obsessed with her father. I have no idea how to describe or even rate this book, but if you want a disturbing read with an unlikeable character, here you go.

6. THE RAVEN BY EDGAR ALLAN POE | POEM

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A man is haunted by a raven perched on a bust above his bedroom door that won’t leave. I could have chosen anything by Edgar Allan Poe actually, but I thought it would be nice to add a poem in the list.

 You can read it here.

7. UNDER THE SKIN BY MICHEL FABER | SCIENCE FICTION HORROR

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A woman in the streets of Scotland takes on hitchhikers. She must find ones that aren’t going to be missed…

This is a book that is better to go without knowing too much. It has a slow pace, but I was mesmerized by the writing and the themes it raised.

8. THE LOTTERY BY SHIRLEY JACKSON  | SHORT STORY

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The townspeople reunite to celebrate their yearly lottery. An always relevant classic, this short story is about society and traditions.

You can read it here.

9. YOU BY CAROLINE KEPNES  | PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

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A guy called Joe begins stalking and obsessing over a woman that enters the bookstore where he works. It’s creepy because you tend to side with Joe, even if you don’t want to, and because how terryfing it could be to become someone’s prey like that.

 [My review here]

 10. FEMININE ENDINGS BY NEIL GAIMAN | SHORT STORY

A love letter from a man to a woman who works as a living statue, it’s reminiscent of You by Caroline Kepnes. Neil Gaiman is a brilliant writer and narrator, so please do yourself a favor and watch his performance of this amazing short story.

Are you reading anything creepy for Halloween? Share your favorite scary reads with me!

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy reads

  1. Great picks for this week. I read Yellow Wallpaper when I was in high school for GCSE English I think. I can’t remember much about it, certainly not enough to say whether I enjoyed it or not, but I do love horror short stories (I really loved The Monkey’s Paw!). Also I have Night Film on my to-read list after seeing a review for it on WordPress, I’m glad to see you enjoyed it, makes me ore excited to get started on it myself! 😀

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    1. Thank you! I’ve read Yellow Wallpaper a bunch of times because I love it so much and I sort of always want to keep it fresh in my mind, or else I forget in a month 😂 I haven’t read The Monkey’s Paw, but I bookmarked it so I will when I get a little time 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation! And I hope you enjoy Night Film. I really liked it and the whole atmosphere it creates surrounding the film director, Córdova.

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  2. I’m adding Reasons She Goes to the Woods to my TBR. Cover caught my eye, it doesn’t look at all like a creepy read judging by the cover. Blurb for the book sounds amazing, I’m co curious abut it now.

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