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  • What are the most shocking and disturbing books you've ever read?

    Here are some of mine, in no particular order -

    American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
    A Place of Dead Roads - William Burroughs
    Salo - Marquis de Sade
    Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum
    Story of The Eye - Georges Bataille
    Journey To The End of The Night - Louis-Ferdinand Celine
    Hogg - Samuel R. Delany
    Crash - JG Ballard
    Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    Exquisite Corpse - Poppy Z. Brite

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    Not too much shocks me (been reading Garth Ennis comics for too long) but Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis has some pretty crazy things in it. The kind of stuff where you just stop and go "Wow. That's fucked up." and keep reading. Good book. Ending is a little weak though.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by A Sound Mind View Post
      Not too much shocks me (been reading Garth Ennis comics for too long) but Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis has some pretty crazy things in it. The kind of stuff where you just stop and go "Wow. That's fucked up." and keep reading. Good book. Ending is a little weak though.
      Just Googled Crooked Little Vein, sounds interesting, thanks man. I'll be checking it out for sure. I've never been big on comic books/graphic novels, but i'd be happy to dip into the darkest and most extreme ones. Garth Ennis has so much work under his belt, i wouldn't know where to start! What would you recommend? You can throw me in at the deep end, i don't mind!

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      • #4
        Mai Chan's Daily Life has to be a disturbing manga.

        [SPOILER]A pregnant woman has her child ripped out of her stomach and the guy then rapes the baby in front of her and then puts the baby in a blender and blends it up and pours it out in front of her.[/SPOILER]

        Really intense shit.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MrBearIsNekromantik View Post
            Mai Chan's Daily Life has to be a disturbing manga.

            [SPOILER]A pregnant woman has her child ripped out of her stomach and the guy then rapes the baby in front of her and then puts the baby in a blender and blends it up and pours it out in front of her.[/SPOILER]

            Really intense shit.
            Sick!!!

            Think i might be able to find it online. Thanks for the heads up dude, keep 'em comin!

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            • #7
              There was a short story I read years ago that really stuck in my mind, but I just can't remember what it was called. In it, two rival crime syndicates, both of which produce messed up porn, are involved in a shoot-out. One guy wakes up seriously injured in what he initially believes to be a hospital, but soon realises he has been taken hostage by the other syndicate. He is then told that this is where they make the really fucked up porn. The last paragraph has a couple of beefy guys come in, pull his pants down and flip him over as the stitches across his belly start to pop open.

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              • #8
                Are we just discussing fiction? or can we stray into non fiction?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Creepy Crawler View Post
                  Are we just discussing fiction? or can we stray into non fiction?
                  Non-fiction titles are more than welcome! I should've made that clear from the start. Hitlers Mein Kampf, Solanas' SCUM Manifesto, serial killers, crime scene clean-up, it's all good...

                  @Maynardmorrisey - Is that book available in English?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Philhfc View Post
                    Just Googled Crooked Little Vein, sounds interesting, thanks man. I'll be checking it out for sure. I've never been big on comic books/graphic novels, but i'd be happy to dip into the darkest and most extreme ones. Garth Ennis has so much work under his belt, i wouldn't know where to start! What would you recommend? You can throw me in at the deep end, i don't mind!
                    For Garth Ennis check out Preacher. It's his magnum opus. You'll never look at anything the same. His run on Punisher MAX is awesome too. You really can't go wrong with him, especially if you have a completely deranged sense of humor. He did a one shot called The Pro about what happens when you give a hooker super powers.

                    I'd also recommend Warren Ellis' comic book work, particularly Transmetropolitan.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by A Sound Mind View Post
                      For Garth Ennis check out Preacher. It's his magnum opus. You'll never look at anything the same. His run on Punisher MAX is awesome too. You really can't go wrong with him, especially if you have a completely deranged sense of humor. He did a one shot called The Pro about what happens when you give a hooker super powers.

                      I'd also recommend Warren Ellis' comic book work, particularly Transmetropolitan.
                      Excellent, i'll check those out faw shaw!
                      My sense of humour is as deranged as anyones, i thought Antichrist was a funny movie, but no one agrees with me. Cheers!

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                      • #12
                        I haven't had a chance to check out Antichrist yet, but when I do I'll let you know if I get any laughs out of it.
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                        • #13
                          I'm reading The Turner Diaries by Andrew McDonald. It's insane! You get the feeling it was written by a genuine maniac, which makes it all the more fascinating

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                          • #14
                            My latest trilogy of non-fiction nastiness.

                            First up is Lords of Chaos by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind which focuses on the Norwegian Black Metal scene of the early 90's. Satanic rituals, murder, suicide, church arson, all the usual fun and games. A good read, and you don't need to be into black metal to enjoy it.

                            Second, we have The Franklin Cover Up by John DeCamp. In this book DeCamp claims that within American high society there exists a Satanic cult run by wealthy business men and politicians. They use their power and money to lure children into their debauched practices where they are raped and sacrificed. One little girl has her head cut off and another is forced to watch and then has her eyeballs scooped out. A 1 year old boy has darts thrown at him repeatedly, another girl has her head cut off with a buzzsaw, a 3 year old Indian girl is cut into pieces and put into a food blender, and the other kids are then forced to drink the resulting 'cannibal shake'. The atrocities go on and on to Sadean extremes.
                            I haven't done much research into this, but the book seems a bit odd. All the way through reading it i got the feeling it was all a haux. It's hard to explain why, and i could be wrong, but there are little details that just don't sit right. The Franklin Cover Up just seemed like a book equivalent to a docu-horror movie. And for the sake of those kids, i hope i'm right. Everyone involved in the case winds up dead. Anyone who claims to have evidence of the rituals winds up dead. But DeCamp, whose book has done more to highlight the case than anyone, is still very much with us... Now ain't that a little suspicious?

                            Last but not least we have Pure by Peter Sotos. Pure was a short-lived magazine that ran for two issues before its author/editor was thrown in jail. These magazines dealt with serial killers, but the difference here is that Sotos didn't write his articles as a detached journalist just stating the facts, he glamourized the killers and their crimes, and claimed that their victims deserved their horrendous fates! Included are many real crime scene photos of mangled corpses with every stab wound, bullet hole, and strangulation lovingly detailed and commented on like they're the most beautiful thing in the world (yep, it's the pits alright). Added to this are random pornographic pics just put in there for good measure, and the most outrageous front covers you'll ever see. Without a doubt it's the most fucked up shit i've ever read. There's nothing more to see.

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                            • #15
                              The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński has got some pretty intense shit in it.

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