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The Scariest Book You've Ever Read

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | October 28, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | October 28, 2009 |

No surprise, but this week’s comment diversion is tied to Halloween, but it also might provide some inspiration for those set to begin Cannonball Read II the day after. It comes from Cindy, who writes:

I was thinking about the upcoming Cannonball Read Part II, and all the books I have sitting around waiting to be read. One of those, House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski, I am afraid to read. I think all the hype psyched me out — and after reading the first several pages when I got it, I was immediately freaked out and put it away. So my question is, are there any books you are afraid to read — or any you have read once and were so frightened by, you’d never go near it again?

So, in the spirit of Cindy’s starting point, I ask: 1) Are there any books you’re afraid to read, and 2) what is the scariest book you’ve ever read?

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