Jazz’s Top 4 Unexpected Horror Reads

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Fuck zombies. Fuck ghosts. Fuck Godzilla and d’ya know what? Fuck Mothra, too.

(can I just point out this is the metaphorical ‘fuck’ and not the, er, literal ‘fuck’. Fucking a zombie would be classed as necrophilia, I do believe, and I really don’t want you guys hanging out in cemeteries, saying Jazz from I swoon over fictional men sent you…)

But yeah, metaphorically fuck these guys because do you know what is way, way scarier than all these beings combined? Normal, everyday things being implemented as tools of horror, that’s what!

For me, a truly terrifying horror novel revolves around something that we traditionally perceive as safe or, at least, relatively harmless suddenly becoming completely and utterly unsafe and capable of killing you within the time it takes you to yelp out “No, not my intestines!” (that damned Cujo)

As a result, my top 4 unexpected horror reads are themed around seemingly mundane things such as dogs, spiders and mirrors and while some might argue that these aren’t things that strike fear in our hearts quite in the way that long-haired ghost ladies do…

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“That’s some mighty fine mascara you have on, screaming person. Mind if I…take a closer look?”

…they’re still terrifying in their realism alone. They make our blood run cold with the realization that the events contained within their pages (for now) could happen.

Let’s begin, shall we? Clocking in at number 1, we have…

Cujo by Stephen King 

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Now, a lot of people don’t agree with me, but I think Cujo is a fantastic little horror novel (perhaps novella would be a better term). It has a couple of minor supernatural elements that come into play later in the story, but the main focus of Cujo is, obviously, Cujo, a St Bernard struck down with rabies. What makes Cujo so terrifying for me is the fact that he begins life as a beloved family pet before his descent into rabies-induced madness. All of us, I imagine at some point or other, have had a pet and the thought of them turning on us with such horrific and devastating consequences is beyond scary. I picture my guinea pig lunging for my jugular and it genuinely makes the contents of my bowels move down a notch or two (more than a healthy dose of sarcasm there, just so you know). There’s themes of loss of control and identity running throughout this book and these are two of the biggest things that we as a species fear (perhaps generalizing a tad).

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

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For the most part, spiders are relatively harmless (at least on this little island they are). Sure, they can be horrifically big and hairy, but there’s not many of us who can say they once knew someone who met their grisly end at the legs of a spider, right? The Hatching takes something we see everyday – be it in the garden or in our bathtub – and turns it into a monster that can strip the flesh and muscle from our bones in mere minutes. The horror lies in the fact that spiders are, quite literally, everywhere. If they turn against us, there’s nowhere to run or hide…

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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I won’t reveal too much about this book (which, last time I heard, was being turned into a TV series? Are my sources wrong?), but I will say this; while it might seem the town’s resident witch is at the epicenter of all the evil and horror, the truth might just surprise you. To use an old cliche, the real horror can be found within…(is that a cliche or is that just something semi cool-sounding I made up?)

Ghost in the Mirror by R.L Stine

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I can hear certain people sniggering and I can tell you this right now; this book is genuinely really fucking scary! I might be nearing 25, but the memory of this book still haunts me and I still have difficulty looking in a mirror too long in case my reflection winks or grins at me. Mirrors are everywhere and the thought of them displaying something that isn’t standing in front of them is genuinely a massive phobia of mine. This book scared me so much as a kid, I hid it under my chest of drawers and when I accidentally pulled it out some years later, I near enough screamed. If you haven’t quite grasped just how much mirrors terrify me, perhaps the knowledge that I turn my bedroom mirror around at night, so it’s facing the wall, might convince you. I’m not having my reflection crawling out and replacing me in the real world!

What are some of your unexpected horror reads? Let me know in the comments below! 

16 thoughts on “Jazz’s Top 4 Unexpected Horror Reads

  1. Ooohhh, foul language, high praise for the use of the word f#ck in the beginning!✋
    Have to admit when I read f#ck Godzilla and f#ck Mothra that I thought you had taken to monster porn!😂
    Cujo is a classic and The Hatching is epic.
    You’re right about Hex being turned into a TV show. The book didn’t do it for me. One reason was my own and if I hadn’t just lost my dog it wouldn’t have really bothered me but you knew straight out that the dog was a goner. The kids were annoying too and I found the first part dragged and the second part went by to quick. Could have done with 50 pages less for the first part and 50 more in the second. The Black Rock Witch was awesome though.

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    1. And not only that, but multiple times too! 😛
      Haha did you think I was suddenly gonna start writing books that would go well with your inappropriate covers series? ;P ‘Moist for Mothra’, ‘Gagging for Godzilla’ etc 😂
      I’m reading ‘Skitter’ at the moment and loving it so far! Do you know if it’s just gonna be the two books?
      Yeah, the part with the dog was pretty rough 😦 Especially the manner in which he died too. Did you find the ending quite shocking too? How the Black Rock Witch wasn’t really the problem?

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      1. It’s a trilogy. The third book is called Zero Day and should be out early next year.

        Yeah, the dog was rough. I wouldn’t have liked reading about it anyway as I can’t stand cruelty to dogs in books. But my dog had been put down a couple of weeks before I read the book and she was the same breed as the dog in the book which just made me hate it – yes, I’m fully aware that implies I have feelings!😂

        Yeah, the ending from what I remember was quite shocking.

        Bwahahahaha! Those are awesome names!😂

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      2. Early next year!? 😦 That’s ages away!
        Yeah, I can imagine how that would be tough to read so soon after your dog had passed away 😦 I remember when my cat passed away (I’d had him since I was 8), that was traumatic enough throwing books with animals dying into the equation 😦 I had always assumed you had feelings…I mean, you do get pretty emotive in some of your posts 😛
        Haha I know, right!? Maybe I should write them!

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    1. I used to love Goosebumps too! Maybe I should go back and have a reread of some of them 😛
      Generally speaking, neither can I. I occasionally get night terrors about spiders, but The Hatching, and its sequel which I’m currently reading, are pretty awesome!

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      1. I was thinking the same thing. And the Fear Street books!
        I get night terrors too. I watched Arachnophobia when I was young and I still wake up screaming about them coming down from the ceiling!!

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    1. They seem to have lost some of their popularity in recent years, but I hope the younger generation discover the delights of the Goosebumps series too!
      Just had a Google of NOS4ATU and I’m definitely going to be adding that to my TBR list!

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  2. This list sounds cool… sounds? because I haven’t read any of the titles you listed 😀 oopsie.
    And that mirror phobia thing… you know, the longer you stare in the mirror, the more your imagination starts running wild… mine does that… I imagine myself turning into something sinister looking as well… hmm.. interesting.. I should try Goosebumps.

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    1. Have you heard that thing where if you stare in a mirror for too long you start to pretty much hallucinate? Like you think you’re not seeing your own face anymore? Creepy! 😛

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      1. You know, that actually freaks me out… because I believe it’s true.. some years ago I really had a fascination with staring at my mug in the mirror because after a while I really started to seem sinister? Not sure if it makes sense, but … yeah, it’s creepy.. I better read up more about it 🙂

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      2. Ooo you’re braver than me, I honestly don’t think I’d dare 😛 If I did that and then saw something…other…I don’t think I’d ever be able to look in a mirror ever again 😛

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