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ETA: I found one that's been on my shelves awhile: Skin by Kathe Koja.
>2 Moomin_Mama: Good ones! :) I read Asylum when it came out and really liked it, though I wasn't crazy about the POV. The movie's pretty good, too, imho.
>3 saraslibrary: Skin looks interesting.
Great suggestions here in this thread!
Skin's ok so far (I'm maybe a dozen or so pages into it). It's a little hard to get into, because Kathe Koja's writing is a little more weird and artistic than most books I've read. Some of her books could've easily fit into our Pulp/Weird category back in June, judging by some of the reviews and tags. I've only read one book by her (Strange Angels) and was a bit disappointed at first, but it's somehow stuck with me after all these years, probably because it was one of the few books I've read on schizophrenia and major psychological problems.
>5 mathgirl40: Stephen King books take me a long time to read, too. :) Well, unless it's Cycle of the Werewolf or something similarly small. Which movie do you plan on watching? I just realized there are a couple versions of it. I've only seen the one with Jack Nicholson in it and that was when I was a kid. Probably not the best thing for an elementary school kid to be watching. ;)
When I was in elementary school, my parents didn't supervise my TV viewing very well. I recall watching The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and it scared me for days.
>11 LibraryCin: I enjoyed reading The Ruins. It's one of those books you'll either love or hate looking through the reviews but as long as you keep an open mind it should be a fun read. I also enjoyed A Simple Plan which I think is a better book by Scott Smitt.
You're lucky to have such easy parents! I'd never heard of The Reincarnation of Peter Proud before (that I'm aware of anyway), but I checked it out on IMDb and Amazon and decided to wishlist it. It looks fairly interesting. Thanks! :)
>8 JuliusC: Best of luck with American Psycho! :) I watched the movie before reading the book, so I was constantly comparing the two in my head. Let us know what you think.
>10 LibraryCin: & >12 LibraryCin: Yes, Wings! :) I got to your post about a week too late, but I remember that show. I don't remember the actor's name, but I do remember watching that series when it aired.
>11 LibraryCin: Good luck with The Ruins! :) (The same one that was turned into a movie, right? If so, I think I remember seeing that one before.
>13 sturlington: Wow, that was fast! :) And it's good to know those two are solid reads.
I started it yesterday and am already 4/5 of the way through (easy to figure out that fraction as I read about 400 out of 500ish pages already). Really liking it. I'm not sure if I should open the "spoiler" or not! I'll try to remember to come back and read it after. I'm hoping to finish today, but I have plan later, so it might not happen.
More on my thread but SPOILERS!!! Avoid if you want to read it yourself.
>21 Moomin_Mama: I'm glad you liked Asylum. :) I really liked it, too.
I'm still stuck about halfway through Skin by Kathe Koja. I like it, but it is hard reading. Her style isn't my norm, plus not a whole lot is happening plot-wise, so I may not finish it by the end of the month. I'm shocked it's taken me this long to read 100 pages.
When four friends take a holiday in Mexico, they meet a few others and decide to go after their new German friend's brother, who has followed a girl out to an archaeological site. What they find at that site, however, will leave them fighting for their lives.
Wow, definitely creepy! I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, wanting to know what was going to happen, so I wanted to just keep reading. I was happy to finish the 500 page book in two (weekend) days.
>25 LibraryCin: The Ruins sounds a good read - I'm sold! I thumbed up your review.
Oh and if you like Asylum, you have to read Dr. Haggard's Disease. I've read all of McGrath's novels and I think it's his best. The Grotesque is good, too and follows the more gothic work he's famous for.
>27 Moomin_Mama: I'll have to pop over to your thread to find out more what you thought of the book. :) I was really into "dark, moody and tragic" books at that time, so that was one reason I really loved the book. I didn't particularly love the POV, but I think I still gave it a 5. Or maybe a 4. I don't remember. It's been ages since I read it.
>28 sturlington: I'm glad you liked Asylum too! :) I totally agree--not a whole lot of duds, I've noticed.
>29 Bookmarque: Hee hee. I think we call them "book bullets" or something like that here on LT. It's hard not to walk out of the library with that many books--or more!--after being on here. :)
Ooh, I'll have to look into Dr. Haggard's Disease, as well as Grotesque. I think the only McGrath book I own that I haven't read is Spider, which I had wanted to read this year, but we'll see. Thanks for the rec! :)
>35 LibraryCin: If I remember right, the movie version of The Ruins isn't a major must-see, but it's not terrible either. But then, it's been yeeears since I've seen it, so don't trust my memory about that one. ;) As a general rule, most books are better than the movie (except maybe a few: Legends of the Fall turned out better than the story it was based on; ditto with Secretary (the one with Maggie Gyllenhaal in it) and Brokeback Mountain, etc).
>38 Moomin_Mama: Frightfest sounds like a lot of fun!
I finished reading The Shining and thought it was terrific. I was impressed by how well King conveyed the thoughts of both Jack and Danny. It was very realistic, which made it all the scarier.
I also finished Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. This book is considered a science fiction novel but it feels very much like a psychological horror story and reminded me of Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation. It's about a sentient planet that causes a scientist in an orbiting research station to see a recreated version of his dead wife.
>38 Moomin_Mama: Yes, we'll forgive you. This time. ;) I've never heard of Fright Fest, but it sounds like fun! I'm glad you were able to go!
>39 mathgirl40: I just ordered it yesterday, so it might take a week or so to get here and maybe a few more days for me to get around to watching it. We'll see. And, yes, I'll let you know what I thought. I know what you mean about movies not being as scary as you remember. A lot of times it's just the time or place that you watch it that makes it scary. The younger you are especially; the scarier it is. :)
Oh, and congrats on finishing The Shining and Solaris!
>40 Bookmarque: Good one! :) I've never heard of it, but going by the reviews, it looks very good. I noticed a lot of netgalley tags. Is that a site or something for ebooks? Just curious, because I'm trying to get into ebooks, but it's slow-going for me (old dogs, new tricks). So far, I've tried a few free ones on Amazon.com and here on LT (Early Review wins).
>39 mathgirl40: >38 Moomin_Mama: FrightFest was a lot of fun. It's a horror film festival that's been going for about 16 years now, and it's gotten bigger each year. This year there were about 70+ movies being shown. I got a day pass which gives access to the main screen of your choosing, or free access to lower budget films being shown on smaller screens. There's so much choice - I'm still kicking myself for not giving 'Hellions' a miss on the big screen for a low budget Argentinian horror called 'The Rotten Link', but pleased I stayed for what turned out to be one of the more popular films of the weekend, a low budget Fulci-esque film called 'We Are Still Here'. If you're of a certain age and have an affection for low budget late 70's/early 80s horrors, you'll love it.
>40 Bookmarque: Wylding Hall - another interesting sounding book. There's no way I'll get round to all the books recommended this year by other members but at least I won't be lacking in choice next year :)
My notes will definitely spoil the book if you haven't read it yet.
(This may be the oddest way to end a post but I must share - I'm writing this with a flatulent cat on my lap and I can't help wondering... he's a carnivore, right? So why does he smell like cabbage?)!
Loved The Ruins but I liked A Simple Plan better. Both definitely kept me on the edge of my seat but I've never watched either of the movies.
Been so busy lately so it took me a while to finish American Psycho. Probably a 4* for me. I must admit I've never read a book this graphic before. I watched the movie many years ago so I knew it was gory but the book is way over the top lol. Made me cringe in some parts. The only thing I didn't like was the authors take on music albums. Didn't care for it and I don't feel that it really progress the story line. Doesn't add any value to the story. I don't want to give away the story/scene and I'm not sure how to do a spoiler filter but let's just say the amusement park (I think that's what it is) was hard to take in for me. There were definitely no barriers in this novel.
>47 JuliusC: For me the music critique was funny and part of what made the book more than just a gore-fest. Patrick really is pompous and thinks everything he does and thinks is important, even though his life and interests are incredibly shallow. Constantly having to return video films, his attempts to avoid his gay colleague, and his daydream of skipping hand-in-hand with his secretary are hilarious too. Well, I thought so...
I don't know if you knew this already, but when I was IMDb'ing the movie earlier, it looks like they're doing a remake due out in 2016. But nothing's set in concrete. If it does happen, I could see how it could be churned out into sequels because of how the movie ends.
Anyway, I'm sure you'll be able to find an affordable copy to watch. :) There are some VHS and DVDs available via Amazon (where I bought mine).
By the way, on the topic of hard-to-find psychological thriller movies, have you ever seen the 1989 TV series called "Mother Love" starring Diana Rigg? I thought Rigg was brilliant in that show ... and very, very scary.
No, I don't think I ever watched Mother Love. Sorry. :)
>56 .Monkey.: Another strike for me: nope, I haven't seen The Babadook, though I do want to watch it eventually.
The writing of the screenplay began in around 2009 and Kent has stated that she sought to tell a story about facing up to the darkness with ourselves, the "fear of going mad" and an exploration of parenting from a "real perspective". In regard to parenting, Kent further explained in October 2014:
Also of note (and more spoilery, I feel):
Writing for the Daily Beast, Tim Teeman contends that