Top 5 Tuesday #20: Creepy Atmospheres

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 creepy atmospheres

The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey

It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but oh man did I enjoy it when I did! It’s about a small town in Virginia where a group of teenagers provoke an old woman everyone claims is a witch into placing a curse on the town. It was creepy but engrossing and had me hooked all the way through.

Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, illus. by Jock with colors by Matt Hollingsworth

This one didn’t stand out much to me when I first read it but after rereading my review of it, I now want to revisit and continue with the series. It’s a horror comic book. In this volume, the Rooks family move to a remote town in Litchfield, N.H., to escape a tramatic experience but have a hard time settling in — there seems to be something lurking in their woods. The story isn’t scary, but it sure as hell is creepy, and the illustrations help to emphasize that.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (illus.)

Although all the reviews I’ve read said this one is creepy, I thought it wouldn’t be. I was wrong. Through the Woods is a horror graphic novel with fairytale-esque stories. The stories are unrelated, but each one is unsettling, and, for me, the last one was the most unsettling.

In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey

Another one that was unexpectedly creepy. It’s about a couple who move to a remote manor deep in the woods in England after a fateful accident but the presence in the woods surrounding the house prevent them from healing and moving past their guilt. This is such an atmospheric read that I felt transported sometimes as I read and could feel the quiet oppressiveness of the woods and the creature watching and waiting.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

I’m currently reading this one and am about half through it. It’s creepy because it’s about people falling asleep and entering a dream that you can’t wake up from. I’m eager to see how this will be resolved. Lair of Dreams is the second novel in the Diviners series, a YA historical fiction, paranormal novel set in the 1920s NYC about a girl who can see into people’s pasts when she holds an object of theirs.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these.

20 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #20: Creepy Atmospheres

    1. Into the Night Wood was great. I love how it’s written and the strong sense of atmosphere in it. It kinda makes me think of Silver in the Wood because both have a sort of quietness to the story.

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  1. SO SORRY for taking so long to add you to the list! Tuesday my dad retired from the fire department and it was a hectic and emotional day. Then I was busy with a huge halloween party and ended up getting really sick. It won’t happen again!
    I still need to read The Diviners by Libba Bray. It sounds totally creepy and I need to get to it some day!

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    1. Oh that’s okay. It wasn’t a bother. Things get busy sometimes. And I’m sorry for responding so late. Your comment got stuck in the spam, which is weird.

      Yes!! Try the Diviners! It’s creepy but not overwhelmingly so. It’s a lot of fun too because it’s set in 1920s NYC and the protagonist gets up to all sorts of things she shouldn’t. I’m now hooked on the series.

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      1. That happens sometimes. At least you check your spam folder…… oops 😂

        I actually started The Diviner’s yesterday! I’m absolutely loving and and flew through about 200 pages without realizing it! It’s a bit slow though. And I’m waiting for everything to connect. But it’s still REALLY good!

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        1. Lol! That’s how it happened for me too when I started on the Diviners. It’s slow but so interesting. I think it might be Bray’s style to start out slow. Lair of Dreams was the same.

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    1. Wytches = thought it was just okay when I first read it, but it was still pretty good and I’d like to continue with it whenever the next volume comes out.
      Through the Woods = totally worth picking up

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