“These don’t have to be from horror books, but any setting from any book that gave you the heebie jeebies…in a good way.”
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I love things that are creepy! Honestly, if something felt creepy in a book, then I would feel more attached to the story and picture the world more vividly and overall increase my reading enjoyment. I don’t know about you guys! Those books that are creepy always stand out for me, and are ones I’m most likely to read over and over again and not get bored! Same can be said for the top 5 books I picked for this week!
Dracula’s Castle in Dracula by Bram Stoker. Obviously. There isn’t much need for deliberation, is there? I mean, it’s where a frigging vampire lives!
5. The ‘Jack the Ripper’ period – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I’m sure that this time-period was a scary time for any woman in London. And the book I’m reading at the moment, so far has taken place either at night in the streets, or within a Morgue. So it’s quite a creepy setting to be honest!
4. Oak Wood – Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
This was a recent read and it was a lot creepier than I expected! I mean, the majority of the book takes place in an abandoned estate within the woods, and is often accompanied by stormy weather. And of course there are loads of weird things happening due to the spell/magic, and many scenes were very creepy.
3. The Other House – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
My first experience with a creepy setting. The idea of having a normal version of my reality twisted in a bad way, and the people had buttons for eyes?! That was the forefront of many of my childhood nightmares!
2. The Yorkshire Moors – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I read this a few years ago, and the vivid descriptions of the house and the surrounding Yorkshire Dales were quite dark and creepy to me. Even the cover of my copy screams, gothic, gloomy, eerie, and creepy.
1. Town of Derry – IT by Stephen King
This top spot was always going to be for Stephen King, the king of horror! Without a doubt, any of King’s horror books always have that perfectly crafted spookiness and dread. Especially with IT as it is 1100 odd pages of creepiness.
So what were your top creepy settings? Do you enjoy these types of books or choose to stay away from them? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!