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The title says it all. I'm curious to see what the Storyist community is afraid of. Name a book that scared you. It doesn't have to be horror. It need simple to have scared you.

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For the New Intellectual (1961) by Ayn Rand (Alissa Rozenbaum, 1905–1982). I can appreciate that she was a creature of her time and place (Soviet Russia, later America) but “objectivism” is socialism on its head and is just as irrational. Honestly, I thought she was joking at first. Once I realized she was seriously proposing a kind of supremely selfish libertarianism that proposed (even encouraged) that the poor be left to starve to death and die in the street, every page provoked new horror. It made 1984 and Animal Farm seem very tame by comparison.

 

Political horror is far more frightening than fantasy horror.

-Thoth

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale—not when I first read it, but when I happened to re-read it just around the time Rick Santorum started winning primaries by orating his bizarre views about women's proper place, which is apparently in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. I began wondering if Atwood had glommed onto a true vision of the future!

M

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One of the most scary books to me was "The World Without Us" by, Alan Weisman. Information at http://www.worldwithoutus.com/index2.html. There was even some things I saw awhile ago on the TV that were based on this book.

 

The detail it gave on what would happen to our institutions after the human race burns itself out is incredible. The whole book had the effect of making me rethink the way I live and what I spend money on.

 

Phil

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For me, I'd go with "Desperation," by Stephen King. I get a little creeped out whenever I see a police cruiser behind me now. And because of "IT," I can never look a storm drains.

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... And because of "IT," I can never look at storm drains.

I don't mind storm drains. It's the clowns who live down there that creep me out.

-T

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Nailed by the Heart by Simon Clark. I read in a camp a long time ago and I don't really read horror but that one stayed with me for a long time. It reminded a bit of the Fog crossed with In the Mouth of Madness.

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