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    Although it's probably not quite as disturbing as A Clockwork Orange (yikes!) or American Psycho (), just for sheer volume of gore Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is, IMVHO, pretty disturbing. Makes Saving Private Ryan seem like Star Wars.

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    some Irvine Welsh is pretty dark. 'Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs' is a rework on Dorian Gray and 'Maribou Stork Nightmares' and 'the Acid House' contain filth. But the supreme award has to go to Palahniuk's 'Haunted' (cool mash-up of Chaucer and the Lake District druggies), with a nod of best player to Saint Guts Free.

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    Cool Catch 22 is a comedy ,,,,,

    a black comedy, but a comedy none the less. Not disturbing to me at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Darnay View Post
    120 days of sodomy is definatly a messed up book, and yet it's fairly well written (ah, Sade, you crazy Marquis). It gets a bit wordy at times - until you et to the list.
    I tried to breeze though "The 120 Days of Sodom" once...

    Felt the same way I felt about "Hogg" (by Samuel R. Delany)... severe discomfort and nightmares for days before I could even get to the story. Especially Hogg.
    "We look at the world, at governments, across the spectrum, some with more freedom, some with less. And we observe that the more repressive the State is, the closer life under it resembles Death. If dying is deliverance into a condition of total non-freedom, then the State tends, in the limit, to Death. The only way to address the problem of the State is with counter-Death, also known as Chemistry." -- Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day

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    Irvine Welsh - studied him as part of short Scottish Fiction - VERY weird and disturbing for my taste

    'The Acid House' in particular

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    Okay, this book is a children's book, but it's still one of the creepiest books I've ever read (in a good way). It's called The Trouble With Jacob and is about a little boy whose grave was disturbed. His bones were moved and now he appears to these kids saying, "I want my bed, where's my bed?" All he wants is for his bones to be put back in his rightful grave. Seriously, this book made me scared of the dark while I was reading it.

    And also, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is frightening in a completely different way, because it's disturbing to think of the possibility of our world becoming like the world Huxley imagined in the book.

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    100% agree with OP re: palahniuk

    The road- cormac mccarthy

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    After dark - murakami is also weird as ****

    A clockwork orange, although it has been mentioned.

    I found 1984 quite disturbing, but mostly because I read it while I was in China last year and well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Transmodernism View Post
    just for sheer volume of gore Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is, IMVHO, pretty disturbing.
    Really? I thought Catch-22 was one of the funniest book I've ever read.

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    The Purpose Driven Life by I-don't-give-a-fvck-who-wrote-it. lol, I'm kidding.

    Seriously:

    The Room by Hubert Selby Jr.

    Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh

    Disturbing but nevertheless good reads, the both of them.

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