Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Favourite Creepy Settings
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein became one of my favourite novels after I read it for my college course. Admittedly, after reading it multiple times and having to analyse it I slightly hated it for a little while. However, I think about it constantly. It has some of my favourite quotable lines. But it's not half creepy. Though the locations aren't always scary the isolation Victor and The Monster feel when they're in them is very disconcerting.
The Bloody Chamber is another book I was introduced to via college. This is a collection of short stories but my favourite and by the creepiest is the title story. About a man who marries a woman and tells her she must never go into a specific room. Of course, she does this and ends up finding the husbands torture chamber where he murdered numerous old wives. It's an incredible story but not for the faint hearted. All the stories in this collection are incredibly dark, gory and violent. But, they're so well crafted.
Set in London in the 1800's and inspired by the Ripper murders this novel is dark and gritty but also incredibly charming. Audrey Rose isn't a typical woman of the time. She wants to be a pathologist and has a keen scientific mind. Under the watchful eye of her uncle she studies pathology along with a rather smart mouthed man named Thomas Cresswell. Every single page of this novel will have you on the edge of your seat but none more so than when Audrey is wandering the foggy streets on London alone at night.
I've always loved Shakespeare but Macbeth is by far my favourite play. It's dark and twisted with some incredible characters. It's mainly set within a castle and most of the time is staged to be incredibly creepy and dark. If you're not a fan of reading plays then I highly recommend the adaptation with Michael Fassbender. He's great in any role.
This is just weird, messed up and wrong. It's set in a dark forest which is one of my favourite settings within any form of story. If you haven't read it please do. It's near impossible to describe but so good.