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Most intense thriller/ghost story book you have read.

What would be the most Scariest or intense thriller or ghost story book you have ever read?

One of mine would have to be Stephen King's Misery Novel. If you haven't read it then I would highly recommend you did. Among other things it describes how to about writing a novel and the main character Anne Wilkes brings the meaning of obsessed number one fan to a whole new dimension.


Leslie Blackwell

17th May 2013


I hope you mean 'a WHOLE' new dimension. How does it explain "how to about writing a novel"?

Sounds interesting. :)


Asma Ahsan

16th May 2013


The book is basically about a well known author that has become famous for writing a series of books about a lady named "Misery". However he wants to stop writing the series and concentrate on new ideas for other novels so he kills off the main character in what he plans to be the final Misery Novel.

He gets involved in a car accident in a remote mountainous region and nursed back to health in a house belonging to a woman named Anne Wilke whom claims to be his number one fan. She is none too pleased when she finds out that her beloved "Misery" is dead and forces the Author to write a new book in which Misery somehow comes back to life.

Most of the book is quite gripping detailing her bouts of psychoitic rage, but it also, as an aside, gives hints as to how novels are put together. A sort of must read for anyone who in interested in writing, showing the dangers of obsessive fans.

They made a movie based on the book which was just as intense, if probably not more.
Stephen King is a very talented horror story writer.


Leslie Blackwell

17th May 2013


Sounds very interesting and informative. Thankyou for sharing. :)

P.S. I hope he kills off Anne Wilke in the end by throwing her off a real cliff so we dont have a CLIFFHANGER about what happened to the mad fan. :) The protagonist can throw her off a cliff and say it was an accident so he can move on with new projects.

Just a thought. :)


Asma Ahsan

16th May 2013


I've seen Misery a few times...Yes, Kathy Bates played her part realistically well, as did the writer in the movie, James Caan.

All of Steven Kings movies are scary, especially 'The Shining'- 'Christine' - 'The Green Mile' - 'Pet Cemetery' - 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

Steven King is the master of shock! In his books, he makes everything look so incredibly realistic!


Davide Castel

17th May 2013


I love shaw shank redemption ! Lucy. It's one of my all time favorites. :)


Asma Ahsan

17th May 2013


Leslie, Misery is probably one of my favorites! It's too good. "The Shining" and "Bag of Bones" also by Stephen King are good! He is just a genius.


Daniela Bustamante

16th May 2013


"The Green Mile" by Stephen King. It unfolds with a can't quite wake from this nightmare pace.
The setting, alone, a maximum security men's prison in the 1930s, is bad enough, then the ending, with the mouse and the old man in the old folks home...
I do not ever plan to see the movie. I think the movie versions of Stephen King's books are pretty much awful, as movies from books usually are, except for my favorite book and movie and this is a nightmare thriller, distopia that is really high on the wow scale. The book is rather astonishing and Stanley Kubrick's adaptation for the movie is spot on.
It is "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess, about some out of control youths in a futuristic London or any large industrial ciy, ( the book was written in the early 1960s)


Warren Gates

16th May 2013


My son loves that one. Clockwork orange. :)


Asma Ahsan

17th May 2013


Warren;

The Green Mile is one of my favorite movies of all time. The cast is brilliant and I have watched it many times. Love it!!! Not really a thriller though, although the ideas and some of the characters are bone chilling. I've never read the book! :)


Cindy Beitinger

17th May 2013


hmmmm, really, it is really good? I have read the book, and listened to the audio presentation, read by the late Frank Muller on a long distance road trip, and that, too was fantastic. Well, perhaps I should see the movie, that story is a favorite of mine.


Warren Gates

17th May 2013


I found a clockwork orange a better book and audio presentation than actual film which did not seem to make a lot of sense.

Whilst reading through this discussion I was reminded of a famous quote from someone

"Classic books are books that everyone knows about but very few get around to reading."


Leslie Blackwell

17th May 2013


I believe that Steven King wrote his best books, whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. No wonder he could conjure up such weird stories. Not that I expect you readers to go there, just to write such stories.


Davide Castel

17th May 2013


Lol.


Asma Ahsan

18th May 2013


The book "A Clockwork Orange" is absolutely better than the film but I do believe it is one of the better adaptations of a book, along with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". I think the actor who plays the part of the creepy despotic malcontent, Alex, does a great job.
I was not aware of an audio book of "A Clockwork Orange" I will see if the library has it, I always have an audio book in the car.

"The Exorcist" by Peter Blatty is a really good book, too. I don't know if it is horror or thriller. It is a bit horrifying


Warren Gates

28th May 2013


Warren. I have seen audio books, and listened to them as a kid but they were kid stories. Do you find books for adults easy to enjoy as audio books? Just a random question here. :)


Asma Ahsan

31st May 2013


Absolutely!! I listen to mostly non-fiction, a broad range of topics. The quality of the narrator is important to me. Recently I have listened to "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William Shirer, all 41 discs, and "Rin Tin Tin" by Susan Orleans, read by the author.
"The Green Mile" on audio read by Frank Muller (RIP) was really good.
Currently I am listening to a historical account of the US Marines in the Korean War.


Warren Gates

30th May 2013


I remember seeing 'A Clockwork Orange' as a teenager, and Malcolm McDowell was scary as Alex. He had that EYE!


Davide Castel

31st May 2013


Interesting Warren. I must try a non fiction work too.

Lucy - yes, the eye was the signature.


Asma Ahsan

2nd June 2013


Deborah suggested I read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote also made into a movie. It is a true story which makes it even more chilling. It has become one of my favorites.


Brice James

3rd June 2013


Malcolm McDowell was awesome in that role. I have never seen any of his other films , of which there are quite a few. I just Googled him and found that in addition to movies, there is a large body of television work and voice overs, and he narrated The Compleat Beatles" .


Warren Gates

3rd June 2013


Yes, he has been in many television series which I have seen. Much older of course and not so scary after all.

I've started watching a new series called 'Bates Motel' which is the story of a young Norman Bates when they first buy the Hotel and it explains how the bond with his mother made him the way he was.


Davide Castel

4th June 2013


Sounds good lucy. I have always enjoyed the psyhco films. Real classics. I like some of the older horror movies such as Dracular, the fall of the house of usher and even some of the Amtyville Horror films.


Leslie Blackwell

4th June 2013


No, don't like those sort of horror films, ghosts etc. not realistic. Although I did like Jekyll and Hyde!


Davide Castel

4th June 2013


I like THE HULK, if that qualifies as thriller, and CASPER The FRIENDLY GHOST :P


Asma Ahsan

4th June 2013


Oh "Psycho"!! What a terrific movie!!
Do we really need to know the story behind weird Norman Bates?
When they are dredging the car out of the lake... , the eyes of Norman Bates as he is wrapped in a blanket... absolutely chilling. I haven't seen that movie in decades but those scenes are memorable. Alfrdn Hitchcock, Wow!! "The Birds", "Marnie" "North by Northwest"

Another really good old film, is "The Bad Seed", about the sweet little girl with pigtails who murders people to get what she wants.


Warren Gates

16th June 2013


I cant stomach horror movies - I never watch them. I cant see anything that is too fiction as I am a very non fiction based person. What cant happen in real life seems a bit silly to me. I have seen 'The Birds'. It was brilliant. I liked mystery movies like Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Cristie adaptations and my all time favourite is Sherlock Holmes - I LOVE Robert Downey Jr. in the latest movie adaptation. He is the PERFECT Holmes.

North by North West I have seen a million times - my first real star csush, Cary Grant. :) I never got over him. :)


Asma Ahsan

17th June 2013


I watched Bates Motel again last night...and it gets better with every episode!
All of Alfred Hitchcock's movies were scary and very well done. I've seen them all.

I saw 'The Bad Seed' as a teenager and again as an adult and the little girl Cathy McCormack was perfect in the role.
They remade another called 'The Good Son' with Macaulay Calkin and Elijah Wood, and the story was similar.

And a similar recent movie was called 'The Orphan' Now that was scary. About a sweet pretty 10 y.o.orphaned Russian girl, adopted by an American family, who was really a 30+ woman etc. out to kill off the family to get the husband. Dreadful!

Then of course the really scary ones were with 'Damien', the antichrist! The original OMEN starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. There was the next movie made when Damien was grown up, OMEN 2.


Davide Castel

17th June 2013


Bates Motel is a good series which is based off of Psycho. I need to watch Psycho!

Has anyone seen Bag of Bones? Based off of Stephen Kings book? I watched it and it was incredible!! I bought the book just because I figured it's be better than the movie or show; still not sure if it was a movie or show. They promoted it as if it was a series.


Daniela Bustamante

23rd June 2013


I have just finished ' PSYCHS' by ' A.H.Amin'

Psychs, a fiction thriller following the story of a guy bound to 8 spirits by the tragic event of his birth, who then uses those ghosts and their knowledge to become a soldier of fortune.


This is a story of a protagonist. since his childhood he felt a presence , someone watching him. When he was 17 years old then only he came to know why he was feeling like this .
While rescuing a woman and her children, he was beaten brutally by the woman's stoned jealous husband. He was rescued by police and admitted to the hospital. There he came to know about who were always surrounding him and why. He became less fearful of them. From then on his life was never same again. He learned a lesson,No matter who you are, it's not always who you'll become.
They were eight ghosts, including his mother. Why they were there, for what purpose and how they helped him in his fight against social evils is the suspense of the story.

Under the cover of a psychiatrist, with his non-visible helpers, fighting evil becomes aim of his life.

In a very well written, unique manner, writer tells his story which is full of action. He makes you believe in the protagonist Hassan and his aids. Revealing more will kill the suspense and the joy of reading it.


Indira Mukherjee

24th June 2013


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