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    slinky0 Female 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm
    Link: The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time - I`ve personally had nightmares about #1 and #9. *shudder* Did this list miss any books?
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    Old Man and the Sea. The story itself isn`t that disturbing, it`s that the book actually bores you into insanity.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    It`s not a book, But the movie "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is rather scary.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    May 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    Disturbing huh? Well, "Hotel Hampshire" has scenes where a brother and sister have sex. That one should have been on the list.
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    shelly87 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    Good list and I doubt this book was top any of those, but personally for me Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card (also wrote Ender`s Game)was really sad and disturbing. The whole book is about making you fall in the love with this family and then in the end something incredibly tragic happens. It just leaves you feeling well...disturbed.
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    vulture19 Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    #3, Marquis de Sade, the movie that was influenced by the book is actually called Salo, not Sado as stated in the article.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    God, I`ve only read 3 of those! I got me some serious summer reading to do. As a movie though, I have to say that Requiem for a Dream is the most upsetting thing I`ve seen. It just makes you feel so awful, sad and anxious.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm
    Oh, and the most disturbing book I`ve ever read is The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. It`s particularly disturbing because it is based on the author`s life.
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    punkipenguin Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    gertrude baniszewski was not sylvia`s aunt. if you want to read a non-fiction acount of what happened to sylvia likens, read house of evil by john dean. it`s truly heartbreaking, and absolutely not for anyone with a weak stomach or mental instabilities.

    http://www.geocities.com/sylviamemory/in... (memorial page, has a brief description of what happened to sylvia without details)

    http://www.myspace.com/remembersylvia (myspace memorial for sylvia)

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    HarryDresden Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    and johnny got his gun is pretty is pretty disturbing, hell reading that book got rid of my intense fear of clowns and bieing burried alive and replaced them both with johnnys situtation.

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    punkipenguin Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:18 pm
    i find george orwell`s 1984 disturbing.

    CrakrJak, did you ever read about anneliese michel, the german girl who`s story the movie is supposedly based around?

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    HarryDresden Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    of course saying that i read the original printing of stephen kings IT, and in that there was a scene in the end where when the 12 year old kids are leaving the sewers and thier "special bond is breaking down" so they take turns drating the girl

    funnily enough that scene was removed from all later reprintings of the book

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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    Never read any of these books or saw the couple movies based off of them. Don`t really have the desire to either, the genre doesn`t interest me.
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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    I haven`t read any of them although now I am intrigued. Way to promote reading IAB!
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    They`re ALL more disturbing than the Necronomicon?
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    mac_n_cheese Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    hmm dont see any dystopian novels in them... they are quite disturbing, 1984, brave new world, clockwork orange.
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    mac_n_cheese Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    the movie of number 9 is really oggd and has a great soundtrack
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    mac_n_cheese Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    good*
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    je_scream Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    coke bottle...Lord Jesus, people make me so want to scream.
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm
    wow books? really? thats what your going to throw at me IAB to make me entertained?
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    luckyse7en Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    I seriously have to read some of these :S
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    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    i seen requiem of a dream, its effing amazing, the music is sick too, its the theme music for good morning sports fans on sky sports 1, 7am :P


    these bokks are heavy, but i wouldnt mind readin a few, gettin fed up with my stacks of crappy sas style action novels :\

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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    I`ve only read American Psycho. And I can`t even express how much more depraved and graphic the book was than the movie.
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    admisaok Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    "wow books? really? thats what your going to throw at me IAB to make me entertained?"

    well maybe you should, i don`t know, READ THEM... that would kill some time. but that isn`t fun, is it? you`d rather play halo all day i`ll bet

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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm
    "wow books? really? thats what your going to throw at me IAB to make me entertained?"

    Yes, because God forbid you do a little reading.

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    kikayoaka Male 70 & Over
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    Dang bro.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm
    No Lolita?

    I`m kind of surprised....

    Also, The Bluest Eye is pretty damn disturbing.

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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    "hmm dont see any dystopian novels in them... they are quite disturbing, 1984, brave new world, clockwork orange."

    Good call mac. Some of that genre really made me fear for the future of the human race. Obviously it won`t happen in our lifetime, but still.
    Other good ones in that vein are (obviously) Fahrenheit 451, and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. We was an inspiration for 1984.

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    BoredomSux98 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Just watching the movie Requiem left me and a friend dead silent in corners...not quite sobbing.... too stunned to sob....
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    "of course saying that i read the original printing of stephen kings IT, and in that there was a scene in the end where when the 12 year old kids are leaving the sewers and thier "special bond is breaking down" so they take turns drating the girl
    funnily enough that scene was removed from all later reprintings of the book"

    It was removed? Well, I can understand why... I told a friend about that part and they were too disturbed to even read the book, in spite of the fact that the other 1000+ pages are really, really good.

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    Bat_Girl Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    #5 and #9 are my favorites.
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    theHUSHSOUND Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    the memory keeper`s daughter was pretty damn creepy, but i dunno if anyones read it. some of the descriptions make me really want to read the book, even if it IS creepy--- i want to read blindness and requiem and we need to talk about kevin and maybe johnny got his gun.
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    Giligadi Male 40-49
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm
    120 Days of Sodom was turned into a movie called "Salo", not "Sado". It was directed by Paulo Pasolini, and was a riff on Fascism in Italy during the second world war, as well as the book by Sade.
    Pasolini was later murdered by being run over repeatedly with his own car on the beach at Ostia, near Rome.
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    Ninjakunai2 Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    The Shining was pretty disturbing... what with the REDRUM and stuff. Plus, Danny has visions and sees creepy things, too. Seems like they should of had a Steven King book on there...
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    I have heard of some of these books but never read any of them.
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    goodbye777 Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    VALIS is a book that will make you feel like you`ve been mind raped.
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    Thepwnsher Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    Ive never heard of any of them but they all are scary.#1 O.o just gives me goosebumps thinking about it.
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    GrayFox Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    I think clockwork orange should have been on there.
    Also if you are looking for one right now look up Guts by Chuck Palahniuk (the guy who wrote fight club) its a disturbuing short story that made 63 people faint at his book readings when he read it. Made my stomach churn, even though I can sit through a horror movie and not cringe
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    tuxman4 Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    I read all about the story behind #1, very creepy...

    I half expected a book "Love Song" to be on the list. THAT was a creepy book.

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    FangsUp Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Go Ask Alice really screwed with my head
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    jadedtortois Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    I want to read some of these!!
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    goodfellas Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    I would on read blindness and the road all others are just a no for me
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    Eedis Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    The Child Called It.... jesus for drat sake christ
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    stylinghead Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    the painted bird by jerzy kozinski.
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    ilovetristan Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    Nineteen Minutes, Go Ask Alice, and the Lovely Bones are really messed up books.
    The only book I`ve read that was on there was American Psycho. It made me feel sick.
    Now I have to go read the other books on that list.
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    archanos Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    Call me sadistic, but these books seem really interesting for me to read them. Like really.
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    Stubbs517 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    I actually watched Blindness the movie with my boyfriend. I didn`t even know it was a book first.

    The movie was good, but it had some really sad parts.

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    Stubbs517 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    Also, a maybe not disturbing book, but something that really scared the crap out of me is Grave`s End my Elaine Mercado. It`s about this one woman`s true story of living in a haunted house with her children and non-nice individual husband. Really interesting for people who like paranormal readings (:
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    oxyl Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    agreed - the painted bird is an amazing book
    haven`t read it in years; time to pick it up!
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    Stubbs517 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    Also, The Girl Next Door has a movie. It`s called an American Crime, starring Ellen Page. Ironically enough, I saw that movie in blockbuster today and it caught my eye.

    Okay, I`m done posting now (:

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    alfietoon Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    they all looked like seriously intriguing books
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    Johnshaw86 Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm
    you forgot "IT"
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    KannaLilly Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm
    Though it`s not disturbing if you read it as an adult or teen, Coraline sticks with you if you read it or it was read to you at a very young age. I`m pretty sure everyone remembers the movie (the one from three months ago).
    These days it`s one of my favorite books, and my favorite Novella by far, but that doesn`t mean I don`t have the odd nightmare involving the Beldam and PURE HELL.
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    krazyluv Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 5:52 pm
    These books all do seem disturbing but really interesting and good reads. I am gonna put a few of these on my reading list.
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm
    @ johnshaw 86
    Yeah! Why isn`t IT there?!? That book was downright terrifying. I`da put american psycho closer to number one.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    oh my god i saw "American Crime" about The Girl Next Door...with either my Girl or my Mom...i can`t remember which...but that movie was completely f*cked!...it only made it worse that ellen Page was cute and i was like "WHAT THE F*CK IS WRONG WITH CHILDREN FROM THE 50`S?!?!"
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    btw. Good luck to anyone wanting to read Blindness. The thing is written in a format that makes you scream for more punctuation! No quotations, no character specific dialogue. I can`t believe it won the nobel prize
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    BoredMamii Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    those books sound intresting
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    @ johnshaw 86
    Yeah! Why isn`t IT there?!? That book was downright terrifying. I`da put american psycho closer to number one.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm
    oh my f*cking god GrayFox!! Guts by Chuck Palahniuk....oh my god!! i couldn`t make it through all the way.....i can`t read it anymore...sweet heavenly jesus....i can`t read it anymore!!!
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    DarkRose1593 Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    I`m really glad I haven`t read any of these books. Just reading the descriptions made me want to cry.
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    Rauron Male 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    waaaaaaaant o-o
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    vitaliy Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:20 pm
    I want to read all of those
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    FloridaSnow Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    Requiem is pretty drated up and depressing. I was on coke the first time i saw it
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    lemurs366 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    really kang? my friend did a report on it, i read the back, sounds interesting. the girl next door is the worstt hitng i have ever heard of
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    Anything by H.P. Lovecraft. "Dreams in the Witch-House" was a masterpiece of disturbulation.

    And yes, i just made that word up.

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    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm
    The Hot Zone - is about the Ebola virus outbreak and it`s based on a true story. Google Ebola and that should be nuff said. That disturbed me for life
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    You know, I almost picked up "The Road" a couple of months ago. Damn. Honestly though, I`m going to add all of those to my "to read" list, except "The Turner Diaries". I don`t need to read hate propaganda.
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm
    i saw johny got his gun. it was more depressing than disturbing, you just felt bad for him. particularly how it ended , it was just a slow fade out of him on the hospital bed with that cover on his face and you hear him saying or thinking "s.o.s. help me...s.o.s help me..." damn now i need to go take some prozac
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    Giligadi Male 40-49
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    May 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm
    "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. Read it, and be disturbed.
    Also, but to a lesser extent, "Lives of the Monster Dogs" by Kirsten Bakis
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    Muffnass Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm
    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
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    SamVimes Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    I saw the movie version of Johnny Got His Gun, and disturbing doesn`t cover it. Not graphically violent in any way, but as frightening a fate as you could imagine. The final scene of the movie honestly left me speechless, and it haunts my dreams.
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    nrvegetarian Female 13-17
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    May 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    I`m surprised that Elie Wiesel`s "Night" didn`t make the list. That book gave me nightmares for a long time.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    Wow...we had to read Night in English class...it was quite a disturbing book.
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 9:12 pm
    I had to read Naked Lunch for an English paper. I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT`S NOT #1!!!!!! To anybody who is reading this: stay away from Naked Lunch. It ruined me forever.
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    Raccoon Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    davy, I would think the Necronomicon by Lovecraft is probably worse... I can`t finish that book. I read about six pages, and refuse to pick up the damned thing now.

    I`ve gotten copies of nearly all of those in at work in the last two weeks. I keep thinking I should read "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Requiem wasn`t bad... I kind of liked it. Much better and more accurate than "Go Ask Alice" ever could have been.

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    Apple_18 Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm
    they forgot to mention "The Painted Bird."
    i read that book in highschool, couldnt believe they had it there. i had to put it down more than a few times. O.o
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    npdarren Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm
    I find it funny that I read 3 of these books in English class this year. "Night" and "In Cold Blood" should also be considered for this list.
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    npdarren Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm
    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest" is also kind of disturbing. The first chapter describes invalids living in puddles of piss and cases of botched lobotomies.
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    punkipenguin Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm
    i went to the library and picked up several of these books. the first i tried to read was Blindness, but i don`t know how far i will get with it. the punctuation is terrible, sometimes i can`t tell when one character has stopped talking and another picked up. >_< it gave me a headache.

    HarryDresden, that scene is still in the book at the public library here. i read it a few months ago and was quite shocked to say the least.

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    punkipenguin Female 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    i just read guts... it wasn`t THAT bad. the way he worded some of it was almost funny even.
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    Zerro Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm
    I kind of want to read some of these, but I don`t do good with depressing or disturbing books/movies/music.
    They usually leave me messed up for a long time.;-/
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    May 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm
    punkipenguin: "CrakrJak, did you ever read about anneliese michel, the german girl who`s story the movie is supposedly based around?" (Emily Rose)

    Yes, Found it very disturbing. It`s hard for me to even discuss it in detail, But she made the choice and suffered for it horribly. Wish more people would see that movie, Maybe it would open some eyes.

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    shepherd Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2009 at 11:59 pm
    what about "the Wasp Factory" the introduction says: `Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons that I`d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Emerelda, more or less on a whim. That`s my score to date. Three. I haven`t killed anybody for years, and don`t intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.`
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    Filipino916 Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 12:13 am
    Wow I-am-depressed :-(
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    Apple_18 Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 2:29 am
    omg i just read Guts...omg.

    i..i just dont know what to say about it. i was totally not expecting that. like. at all. D=

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    kat_iiejayne Female 13-17
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    May 15, 2009 at 2:35 am
    woooaahhh
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    Devi3000 Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 3:44 am
    Naked Lunch was boring. I`m surprised Beloved wasn`t in there.
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    Wagonlover Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 5:51 am
    is "the girl next door" a movie as well? i think i saw it..
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    May 15, 2009 at 5:55 am
    If your looking for a different kind of disturbing "The Grapes of Wrath" pretty accuratly shows how life was for people in the dust belt was during the deppression. The "The Catcher in the Rye" gives you a first person perspective of a tennage boy have a nervous breakdown. Then "Lord of the Flies" shows how savage people can become when fending for themselves even children.
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    swantonbomb7 Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 7:01 am
    Requiem for A Dream, made my day.
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    tiggerwitch1 Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 7:18 am
    Beloved wasn`t all that bad. weird, definately, but i think A Clockwork Orange should have been on the list somewhere. that was a seriously disturbing book and movie
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    huck08 Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 7:52 am
    what about upton sinclair`s the jungle?
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    xxamsey Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 8:26 am
    Basically want to read all of them except for the 120 Days of Sodom and the Turner Diaries. I`d seriously go to the library now but I have to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by June. D:
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    damokiwi Male 40-49
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    May 15, 2009 at 9:10 am
    They forgot the Bible and the Koran off their list...
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    The-Sentinel Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 9:18 am
    The 1st one is actually sick. How can anyone do that?
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    Pure_Jenius Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 9:26 am
    Naked Lunch needs to be higher on the list... much higher... on the road was so tame comparatively. that book is drated up.
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    bellasmommyx Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 10:46 am
    I read Elie Wiesel`s "Night" in the eighth grade. Left our whole English class wondering...
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    mise Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 11:00 am
    Weird, I almost bought The Road last weekend. I expected Clockwork Orange to be on this list.


    (And HOLY F*CK, that Guts thing Grayfox mentioned. Ugh, UGH! I got to the intestine bit and I stopped reading. Felt physically sick! )

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    kmosuch Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 11:22 am
    I did a book report on Johnny Got his Gun in the 11th grade.
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    bkwm16 Female 13-17
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    May 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Neal Shusterman`s "Unwind" should have been on there. That is without a doubt the most disturbing book I have ever read.
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    Leiaisluf Female 13-17
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    May 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    I kinda expected "Flowers in the Attic" to be up there, because that book was mighty insane. (Incest whilst locked up in an attic by your ashamed grandmother. Niiice.)

    "I read Elie Wiesel`s "Night" in the eighth grade. Left our whole English class wondering..."

    Ehh. That book wasn`t as disturbing as number one, but it was certainly up there.

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    Cataclism0 Male 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 12:56 pm
    "

    (And HOLY F*CK, that Guts thing Grayfox mentioned. Ugh, UGH! I got to the intestine bit and I stopped reading. Felt physically sick! )"


    yeah that was sick, it was ruined by me seeing a story of that happening to a little girl a few months ago, so i saw it from a mile away.

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    May 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Devi3000
    Female, 18-29, Western US
    1469 Posts Friday, May 15, 2009 3:44:10 AM
    "Naked Lunch was boring. I`m surprised Beloved wasn`t in there."

    DUDE... I didn`t even WANT to read the book based on what I saw in the movie...

    Oh, and anyone who wants to read creepy ass 120 of Sodom, all you gotta do is search "read -insert title- online." It`s the first one.
    I read the first page. I don`t recommend it. However I will continue reading.

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    pomunium Female 13-17
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    May 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    Go Ask Alice really messed with me when I read it. But that was when I was 12.

    I LOVE "Guts". That is the best story ever, and it`s doubly hilarious in this one video on youtube. Some college guy gave the story to a bunch of people and they had to read it aloud to the camera without knowing anything about it beforehand. It was awesome.

    "Ham on Rye" by Charles Bukowski was a messed up one, too. Something about it made me feel really hollow and terrible.

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    slepre Female 18-29
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    May 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm
    i mean i know sometimes these books can be profound

    but really when im reading i want to read something happy or romantic or mysterious as long as they end happily

    clay is a pretty messed up book i only read it becuase i had to for a project-they create a clay monster who is suppose to be like a religious deciple who they then tell to beat up and then kill their enemy then it goes and fights back its creators

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    Bekll Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2009 at 5:06 am
    This was a very interesting list. I might pick up a book or two from that list (yes, those types of books do intrigue me). A book I find particularly disturbing (a cat getting dissected- very graphic detail- included) is called "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" by Yukio Mishima. (I`ve read two books by Mishima now.) This book basically is about a gang of highly intellectual, but sociopathic father-hating 13 year old boys who believe in a non-emotional/non-empathic view of the world through their twisted idea of "objectivity". Good read, but it leaves you with a sick stomach.
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    Bekll Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2009 at 5:16 am
    And of course we can`t forget the non-fictional book "A Child Called "It": One Child`s Courage to Survive" by Dave Pelzer. The most disturbing part of this book still haunts me to this day (mainly because of a gross factor it includes)... I won`t say what it is, but it has to do with food in a dog`s bowl, among other related things.
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    USFEmoGirl Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2009 at 8:34 am
    Wow, those WERE quite disturbing.

    The number 1 book, "A Girl Next Door" was completely terrible. I understand people enjoy reading this type of material. . . but I don`t honestly think I could pick this up and read it. I have read the three books of, "A Child called It" and I had to skip past the horrible moments. Honestly, I become pissed at the abuser and can`t deal with the fact that I am not able to do something to assist the child.

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    heavenly15 Female 13-17
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    May 16, 2009 at 9:51 am
    I want to read these now. :| Except the Turner Diaries or whatever, that one just sounds boring.
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    firefliet Female 18-29
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    May 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm
    I didn`t think The Road was that disturbing.

    Though The Girl Next Door definitely belonged on that list.

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    Lolcats Male 18-29
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    May 17, 2009 at 9:35 am
    I want to read Johnny got his gun cuz` of the song One.
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    redink55 Female 18-29
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    May 17, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    I agree about Flowers In the Attic: it was incredibly messed up; maybe not number one material though. (the movies gives no justice to the book- which is about 100 times worse)
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    JGESS Male 18-29
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    May 18, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    i saw `Requiem for a Dream` for the first time in college while i was under the infulence and it completely bugged me out
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    midnight20 Male 13-17
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    May 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    it wasnt really disturbing

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    cunegonde Female 30-39
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    May 20, 2009 at 12:25 am
    The Painted Bird, The End of Alice, and Happy Birthday, Jesus should all be on that list.

    I think the movie of Requiem For A Dream was more disturbing than the book.

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    AnneBonney Female 18-29
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    May 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    "House of Leaves" is missing from this list. I was scared of my own shadow for weeks after reading that mess.
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    Coco_popsrox Female 18-29
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    May 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    they should have had `vert` in there.

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