Top 5 Creepy Atmospheres | Top 5 Tuesdays

Hello again! It’s Tuesday, and of course that means it’s time for a Top 5 post. Top 5 Tuesdays and their topics are brought to you by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm. Check out her blog, she’s awesome, and this page for the list of topics for October!

This week is a spooky theme – perfect for Halloween week! Creepy atmospheres are hard to generate in books, I think. Part of that, for me, is that things are a lot less spooky if I’m reading them, than if I’m watching them. There’s no sinister music to have me on edge, there are no images moving around in front of me. But I can think of quite a few books I’ve read that have really creeped me out because of atmosphere, among other things. I’m happy to share them with you today!

Let’s get started.

1. Through the Woods – Emily Carroll

This is probably one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. Carroll must have a pretty twisted mind to have come up with all the stories in this graphic novel. Not only are some of them really gross, but every one of these stories has a sinister atmosphere that will have you shivering. One read was enough. I don’t have the strength to open this book up again.

2. The Grace Year – Kim Liggett

Though I didn’t really enjoy this book, one of the things that I thought Liggett did successfully was create a creepy atmosphere. The isolated setting, the group of surprisingly bloodthirsty girls, the lack of any authority figure and you’re all set to be creeped out by the happenings among this small group of girls. I definitely would not want to go anywhere near that island or the town they come from. Definitely staying far away…

3. The Water Cure – Sophie Mackintosh

Another example of an isolated island and a small group of people leading to a creepy atmosphere. The thing that was most creepy about this book was the strangeness of the girls and their upbringing. Everything was just slightly unnatural and their reactions to things was unnatural, so it left me, the reader, feeling very out of my comfort-zone, the perfect place to be if you’re going for a creepy.

4. And the Trees Crept In – Dawn Kurtagich

Yuck, I did not care for this story! It was just too bizarre for me. I didn’t like any of the characters and I didn’t like the setting. I will say, though, that the atmosphere was definitely one thing that Kurtagich nailed (just like Liggett with her novel!). The house that the characters live in is slowly falling apart, rotting, becoming twisted and sinister. Everything is not as it seems and there’s supposedly a murderer on the loose. All perfect elements for a creepy tale, which this book is, though the story isn’t quite as successful in pulling this off.

5. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

I wanted to end with this book because I think it’s the ultimate creepy atmosphere – a haunted house. Now, the house isn’t haunted in the traditional sense, but the creepiness comes from the fact that the main character, newly married to a widower, has to face the fact that there are echos of the first wife everywhere in the house. She lives on through the things she left behind. It’s very chilling and if I were in the narrator’s shoes, I’d be having a really hard time settling in, as it were, with all these reminders of a dead woman staring me in the face!

Thoughts & Thanks!

What do you think of my selections? Did any of your favorites make it on this list? Thank you for reading this post. Let’s chat in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!

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