Top 5 Wednesday – Fave Spooky Settings

Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday.  This is a meme started in November of 2013 and is still going strong! If you’re interested in being a part of it please see the group on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is Favorite Spooky Settings. It doesn’t have to be a scary, paranormal, horror book setting. Just something that spooked you out when you read it.  These qualify for me!



Rabbits can be so cute. Hopping around, one with the earth. Just living their little lives. But the rabbit in Cowslip’s Warren have become twisted.  They are one hare’s breadth (see what I did there!) away from complete and total nervous breakdown. They have become other than rabbit, and it scares the bloody heck out of Hazel’s band of rabbits when they come into contact with them. Very creepy.



It’s just a town really.  Right on the seaside.  Until a group of marauders comes ashore.  Not only do they rob and kill the villagers, but those that are left behind have lost their … everything. They no longer have feelings, or personalities.  They are stripped of their humanity and have become animal-like. It’s so horrifying, that anyone who exhibits these traits are called “forged” after what happens in the town.



A young biographer is approached by a well known writer to help create a book about the authors life. She is invited to Angelfield House to meet Mrs. Winter and start the book. She ends up helping to unravel a life filled with dark family secrets. I loved this book. It reminds me of the old gothic novels, like Jane Eyre and the Woman in White. It’s a spooky location filled with strange, twisted people.



It seems like a dream come true.  A naive, trusting young woman meets a dashing, rich widowed man and he sweeps her off her feet.  Little does she know that she will never get away from the memory of Rebecca, the first wife. It was made into a really excellent movie by Alfred Hitchcock. There’s no getting away from Rebecca when you live at Manderley.



Dr. Tenma, a promising young surgeon, saves a young child from death.  Years later he finds that the child has grown into a serial killer. The doctor tries to track the young man, Johan, down by researching his past and finds the German orphanage where Johan stayed. The things that happened there were horrific. Did they create the monster that Johan became, or was he already like that? All I know is it, this is the best manga I’ve ever read, and the anime is just as awesome.


Well that was fun! So spooky! I leave you with Mrs. Danvers, from Rebecca.  Just don’t let her tell you what to wear for Halloween!




7 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Fave Spooky Settings

  1. I was having a hard time coming up with my list for T5W so I gave up, but Manderley in “Rebecca” was totally in the running! I didn’t realize Hitchcock was responsible for the movie adaptation…I still need to see it.

  2. I love how you’ve included Watership Down and Assassin’s Apprentice. It’s the most realistic places that are often the most terrifying. For example, I don’t want to live in the world of King Lear- and that is very real.
    My list would also include Prentisstown from The Knife of Never Letting Go. Or, well, any cult-like situation. Scary.

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