Sure, horror movies are bad enough on their own…but there’s something ESPECIALLY scary about a truly disturbing book that forces your imagination to do all the work.
And this week when Reddit user zackjbryson asked, “What is the most disturbing book that you have ever read? What made it disturbing?” it gave us a whole new crop of nightmares to read about.
Here are just a few of the most disturbing recommendations:
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
The Trial by Franz Kafka
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Come Closer by Sara Gran
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Now it’s your turn! What’s the most disturbing book you’ve ever read? And what was it that made said book stick with you? Share in the comments below!