There are books that simply scare you, and then there are books that actually get into your head. Maybe you call them thrillers; others deal with characters whose point of view might be distorted for whatever reason, and some just build you up for hundreds of pages only to reward you with an “Oh my God” moment that you won’t be able to get out of your head for days. Since this is the time of year that we tend to go for things that give us instant scary payoff, here are ten great books that go a bit deeper than just giving us chills.
House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
Told all in footnotes, the second story will test your mental stability. But it’s the main story, about a family that buys a new house only to realize it’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and soon comes to find new places that lead to nowhere, is one of the ultimate mind fucks ever written.