The best books about sinister happenings featuring regular people

The Books I Picked & Why

Baphomet's Meteor

By Pierre Barbet

Book cover of Baphomet's Meteor

Why this book?

I’ve read this book as a child, I was probably around 10 years old. I loved that a regular person was able to conquer the world given the right tools. I was also intrigued by the occult and mystical elements in this book. I found all the geographical and cultural references fascinating and I loved that it had a happy ending.


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The Abbey

By Dan Dobos

Book cover of The Abbey

Why this book?

Having read this as a teenager, I found the intricate plot mesmerizing and I was intrigued by the deeper themes approached in the book. I read it in my mother tongue, Romanian. Humanity, religion, good and evil, smoke and mirrors. Everything is wrapped up in a science fiction context and a multi-layered fantasy filled with spirituality and insight.

I don't want to give any spoilers, but I loved how one person, fairly regular, always becomes the Messiah, no matter how many times the experiment is repeated.


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The Shining

By Stephen King

Book cover of The Shining

Why this book?

I guess this book needs no introduction. I loved the story and the thrill of seeing an evil so large that no normal man could control. I sometimes find myself reminiscing about this story and the feelings I had when reading it. If there are still people who didn’t read it, I’m sure they will get just as immersed in the story.  


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The Right Hand of Evil

By John Saul

Book cover of The Right Hand of Evil

Why this book?

This book stayed in my head for a long time, I think I read it back in high school. I was fascinated by the occult happening in Louisiana. It was my first encounter with this kind of folklore, voodoo, and black magic. It sends me the same vibes as King Diamond’s Voodoo concept album.

I found the ancient curse theme intriguing and the origin of the evil within the Conway house fascinating. All in all, I remember how the convoluted and twisted plot kept the pages turning quickly.


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Cell

By Stephen King

Book cover of Cell

Why this book?

I loved the whirlwind of chaos that unleashes suddenly over humanity. One day is business as usual and the other total mayhem. Everyone’s lives are thrown upside down and the only priority of every person becomes about survival and basic needs.

This is one of the stories I drew inspiration from for my first book, Growlers Moroi. 


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