Many books out there have changed the world simply because they were well-written and easy to read. The following are so disturbing that you will turn progressively greener as the story moves on.
1. Misery by Stephen King
Stephen King is definitely the King of disturbing novels and this one is no exception. One particular portion of the book involves the use of an axe- the protagonist uses it to remove his foot from the rest of his body. The pages are full of his pain and the psychological agony he goes through.
2. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
The protagonist’s senses are alert enough to distinguish the scent of one human from another but he does not have a smell of his own. He wants to produce a perfume that is perfect in every way which is when he decides to kill some people.
3. Justine by Marquis de Sade
When this book was published, Napoleon was so disturbed by it that wanted to have the author arrested. According to him, the novel was ‘abominable’ and created by somebody with an imagination that nothing if not depraved. It is about a girl named Justine who is sexually abused at every turn in her life.
4. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
The beginning of this book is nauseating enough and those who go on really deserve an award of some kind. The novel involves a lot of people who get slashed, diced, gutted and sawed to death. The most disturbing part is that the main character is actually indifferent to it all.
5. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński
The Painted Bird is meant to be a holocaust novel but it is primarily about a young boy who is sent away to safety during the war. The boy is tortured in every way possible and the things he goes through are mind-numbingly shocking.
6. Geek Love byKatherine Dunn
Geek Love covers themes like horror, realism and fantasy all in one go. It is about a Carnival family and each member is uniquely gifted and talented. The book is innocent for the most part but turns ugly quite suddenly and throws the reader off track. Most of them die in the end.
7. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Kevin has severe emotional problems and is a serial killer but he is only 15 years old. The book is from his mother’s point of view who is also as disturbed as the boy. Thankfully, it is not based on a true story.
8. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Frank is a young boy who tells the readers about his murders and killings. The chilling part is that he lends an air of rationality and logic to it all. The events are not as horrifying as the manner in which he talks about them. Frank believes himself to be the quite sane.
9. Glamorama by Brett Easton Ellis
The manner in which the violence is depicted in this book is graphic enough to make your stomach churn. Almost every scene is disturbing but the one which involves the poisoning is undoubtedly the worst. There are certain humorous parts in the book as well, if that makes it any better.
10. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
This book is a compilation of some truly terrifying short stories. One story involves a group of people who lock themselves up in a massive mansion so that they can come up with original and different ideas for their stories.