10 Non Horror Books I’m Ashamed to Say Creeped Me Out

I’m a definite chicken. I can count of one hand the number of horrors I’ve seen and I’m afraid I’ve watched them all in the bright light of day, surrounded by friends, insisting we watch something funny afterwards and often with my head under the blanket. Its really not a very becoming look. And as part of my fearful complexion here are ten books I read between slitted fingers, and then of course watched something funny and pretended everything was ok afterwards. Shudder.

The Handmaid’s Tale

1 I feel less bad about this one because we were meant to get creeped out right?! Between the wall and the executions from kicking by the docile handmaid’s, I was pretty scared.

Muse of Nightmares

2 Mina was breathlessly singing that creepy song reliving a massacre 😨

Stalking Jack the Ripper

3 When that woman was singing her creepy violets on her mother’s grave song wearing that red shawl… Shudder. Coupled with all the autopsies and innards that book was basically a horror.

Tom Sawyer

4 I remember feeling very creeped out as a kid, that scene on the graveyard left ten year old me terrified.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

5 It was all that camping. It built too much suspense. And Voldemort is the epitome of spooky villains, so much so that people wouldn’t dare dress up as him for Halloween.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light

6 I was so creeped out I finished this on the kitchen floor, the brightest room in the flat where I grew up, and was still scared.


7 Ok, but she did carve out her sisters monster from her pregnant belly and then sew it all back up, admiring her needle skills. And there was that rock strapped guy who’s kidney kept being eaten by birds. It was hardly the happy myths I’d come to know from Percy Jackson.

Series of Unfortunate Events: The One where they Only Ate Soup

8 I can’t remember it’s real name, but you know the one. Not only did they stay in a house on top of a scary cliff with a paranoid aunt and only eat cold soup, but Olaf was still after them! And he’d done some pretty scary stuff by this point.


9 I am forever terrified of that kid who was alive while they unwound him 😨

A Conjuring of Light

X There was quite a bit of Holland torturing in those backstories and they all were in desperate need of some blood downers by the end I’m fairly sure.

Let’s Compare Notes

So there you have it! Ten books that really creeped me out, despite not actually being horrors. Have you read any? Got any on your tbr? What books have creeped you put over the years? Let me know, or drop your Top Ten Tuesday link, in the comments!

24 thoughts on “10 Non Horror Books I’m Ashamed to Say Creeped Me Out

  1. Great take on this week’s freebie! I thought SJTR was hella creepy as well (wasn’t it supposed to be though?)! I mean, I obviously knew it would be considering the subject, but I didn’t expect it to be that creepy (also the photos)! I heard that Unwind was also supposed to be quite a creepy read, but I can’t wait to check it out! πŸ˜…

    My TTT post


  2. I had to skim over a few of these in case of spoilers, πŸ˜‰ but I’ve had Circe at the top of my tbr all year! Great post!

    Here’s my TTT!


  3. I think the Soup one is The Wide Window, the third Series of Unfortunate Events book. I’ve read all of these except Circe, The Handmaid’s Tale, Muse of Nightmares and Tom Sawyer. That scene in Unwind is definitely creepy, but it was the fourth book of that series that gave me nightmares! I feel like Skulduggery Pleasant could be kind of horror-lite at times, so I wouldn’t feel bad about being creeped out by that last book, there were some really scary bits and Stalking Jack The Ripper is also meant to be creepy, so that one is definitely understandable. I can’t say I was creeped out by The Deathly Hallows, or A Conjuring of Light, but the others I can definitely understand being creeped out by.


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