bloodsred said: do you have any recommendations for really scary and/or disturbing books or movies? especially if they are similar in tone to house of leaves!
alright, if you liked house of leaves you might like—
(ihumans driven by ambition or curiosity or circumstance venture into dark places and find themselves gazing into a silent and swallowing abyss and being gazed back into until they crack open and are changed into something frightful and fractured and deranged):
- in space: moon; sunshine; solyaris and solaris (remake; i prefer tarkovsky ‘72 but both are disturbing), alien; event horizon; 2001: a space odyssey; pandorum; doctor who episode “midnight”; william gibson, “hinterlands”; peter watts, blindsight; terrence holt, in the valley of the kings; dan simmons, hyperion.
- terrestrial: the descent; the abyss; the divide; dan simmons, the terror; cube; jacob’s ladder; thomas ligotti, “nethescurial”; jorge luis borges, ”the zahir”, ”tlön, uqbar, orbis tertius”; h.p. lovecraft, the call of cthulu and other stories; edgar allan poe, “the pit and the pendulum”.
haunted houses & hauntings:
- shirley jackson, the haunting of hill house; kathe koja, the cipher; h.p. lovecraft, “the rats in the walls" & "the shunned house”; stephen king, the shining; richard matheson, hell house; the orphanage; the devil’s backbone; [rec]; session 9; edgar allan poe, “the fall of the house of usher”; henry james, the turn of the screw; ringu; SCP-087; the changeling.
sinister postmodernist metafiction:
- vladimir nabokov, pale fire & bend sinister; paul auster, oracle night and the new york trilogy; cabin in the woods; pontypool (also a bbc radio drama); philip k. dick, the three stigmata of palmer eldritch and “second variety" and every story he ever wrote; franz kafka, ”the trial” (proto-postmodern); eraserhead.
humans turned monstrous:
- robert louis stevenson, strange case of dr jekyll & mr hyde; ira levin, rosemary’s baby; john ajvide lindqvist, let the right one in & let the right one in (swedish film); 28 days later; no country for old men; coraline; cormac mccarthy, the road; dan simmons, carrion comfort; jose saramago, blindness; richard matheson, i am legend; stephen king, salem’s lot, pet sematary, ”the jaunt" (short story); peter straub, ghost story; ian banks, the wasp factory; linda addison, how to recognise a demon has become your friend; octavia e. butler, dawn.