Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 7 years ago

What are some really disturbing books?

When I say disturbing, I meant like psychological and/or physical abuse, breakdown of society, civilization and inhumane acts. Not ghosts or supernatural forces.

To give an idea of what I want to read... I'm gonna give a list of books I've read and liked. These books were truly disturbing but each of them also had a thought provoking storyline which pulled me in...

So far this one is my 'top disturbing' book. It made me want to puke and I think I even lost a little bit of faith in humanity...

Suffer the Flesh by Monica J. O'Rourke

- Zoey was kidnapped and kept in a camp with other women where they were tortured and raped.

Just ewww...

Topping from Below by Laura Reese

- Nora's sister was murdered and she believed M did it. M was the 'boyfriend' of her sister. Nora found out about the sick mind games and physical abuse that M did though her sister's diary.

The author wrote this book like a biography of his life. Maybe it's all fiction and he only did that to make it more creepy. Anyway, it worked!

Nira/Sussa by Julian Darius

I'm just gonna copy the description from goodreads.

- He’s a tenured creative writing professor. A well-respected novelist. And a recovering sadistic pervert with a penchant for young girls. His name is Julian Darius, which by great coincidence just happens to be the name of this novel’s author.

Although I put this book last, this is one of my favorite books of all time.

After by Varian Krylov

- After the apocalypse, a group soldiers captured a girl named Eva. She's the only female they've seen in years and she might be the only female left. Major Smith saw her as an opportunity to save the human race by you know... reproducing.

Thank you :D



Thanks! I'm only familiar with American Psycho. Sometimes I wonder why I make myself read this kind of stuff but I can't help it!

Update 2:

oh and I dare anyone to read 'Suffer the Flesh'. I dare!!!!

7 Answers

  • Amy
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
    Best Answer

    "Last Exit to Brooklyn" Hubert Selby Jr.

    It's so disturbing in one particular chapter, Alt-J made a song out of it called "Fitzpleasure". In said chapter, a wh*re is gang raped and killed via pleasure by broomstick.

    "A Thrall's Tale" by Judith Lindbergh.

    I just recently finished this. It's about a female slave in the time of the Vikings. She is raped by the son of a clan leader, then sent to live with Thorbjorg, a seeress who serves Odin and Frigga. Katla (the main character) is pregnant, and her daughter grows up into this evil thing who learns dark magic from the seeress, and uses it against those who loved her.

    "American Psycho" by Brett Easton Ellis

    This basically spells out how insanity affects really have to read this one to understand it.

    And the last that comes to mind are the Wideacre series by Phillippa Gregory.

    This is the story of how one girl really loves the land she grew up. She does anything she can possibly think of to gain and keep her father's land....literally anything. She severely mangles her first love in a bear trap, seduces her own brother on multiple occasions, and she tricks her brothers wife on multiple accounts as well in just the first book.

    Why no, I don't believe I'm completely sane after having read these >.>

    Source(s): @Witch- I read something similar to that but I can't for the life of me remember the name D: OH! I just remembered another one- "A Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. This is about a futuristic society where women have no control over who takes advantage of them, and getting pregnant is basically the only way to prevent literally any male from making sexual advances. It's dark, but in a slightly different way than the other books you're describing. @Leprosy- YES. And the "Hobbling" scene in the movie based off that book, with Katheryn Bates...haunts me today still O_O
  • 3 years ago

    Most Disturbing Books

  • The Silence of The Lambs (By Thomas Harris)

    It's pretty disturbing.

    Hannibal (By Thomas Harris)

    So disturbing it made me cry.

    Salo or The 120 of Sodom (By Marquis De Sade)

    I haven't read it but it is said to be one of the most obscene and

    disturbing story that was ever written.

    Blindness (By José Samarago)

    It's great.

    Carrie (By Stephen King)

    Very Scary, but good.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    A real disturbing Book Is one that haves to do with finances what makes it dusturbing is the lack of knowledge one realize ones you read it. But to answer the question you pose directly The book I would recommend is "I never believed in ghost until It has over 100 real life ghost encounters". I forget who wrote it but you can look it up at amazon. Its a good book

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  • 7 years ago

    Misery by Stephen King

  • 6 years ago

    -"Filth" and "Trainspotting," both by Irvine Welsh. (These were both written as black comedies, but the depravity and outlooks of the characters are very unsettling.)

    -"Story of the Eye" by Georges Bataille

    -"Justine" by the Marquis de Sade

    -I have heard that "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver is very upsetting

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    The 120 Days of Sodom, it's like a torture porn novel. It has rape, people being skinned, babies being killed, incest, urine drinking and much more.

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