October 11th: Favorite Creepy Settings
–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.
Ok, picking only 5 was a little hard for this topic. And I had a hard time remembering what was actually creepy vs what was just bleak/dark/etc.
In no particular order…
The Shining by Stephen King–The Overlook Hotel: I mean, come on. Giant, old, essentially empty hotel? It would be creepy without any kind of supernatural happenings.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill– Eel Marsh House & surrounding marshes: Again, the house was creepy enough, but add in the haunting? Nope, not staying there alone, thanks. Then there’s the marshes, which have claimed many lives and are possibly also haunted.
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– pretty much everywhere in it: Ok, it’s been 2 years since I read this one, but I remember large parts of the book having an eerie feel to them & the setting. The house was probably the creepiest, though.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy– post-apocalyptic-America: This one I read a long time ago and so don’t remember a ton about it. I do, however, remembering it being very creepy as the father and son made their journey.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman– the world, the river: Is it cheating to use a current read for this? I’m only about halfway through and am pleased to report that this is the first book in ages to actually kind of freak me out. A+ creepy setting creation.
Bonus settings (yeah, I know it’s T5W, but I’m adding more because I love this topic):
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë– Thornfield Hall: It wasn’t over-the-top creepy, but it definitely had that “There could be ghosts or anything in this place” kind of vibe.
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon– the entire town of West Hall: I don’t want to say anything to spoil this one, but trust me, it’s a bit creepy.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll– the woods?: The five stories in this graphic novel are awesome and all have a bit of creepiness to them.