5. Cordova’s estate, Night Film by Marisha Pessl
When investigative reporter Scott McGrath starts looking into the death of Ashley Cordova, he finds himself drawn into the web of her father, a horror movie director with a cult following. The reclusive director lives on a private estate which closely resembles the set of a horror movie, and of course McGrath ends up breaking in to search for clues.
4. Derry, It by Stephen King
I don’t think anyone in their right mind would want to live, or even visit any town thought up by Stephen King. Of all the King novels I’ve read, It has the creepiest setting: Derry. A small American town where violent crimes are unusually high, people go missing at an alarming rate and something lives in the sewers.
3. The Garden, The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
The Butterfly Garden might not sound like a creepy setting, but this garden is closer to Hell than Eden. A serial killer takes girls, tattoos butterflies on their backs and keeps them captive in his giant greenhouse. Until their time is up and they become permanent fixtures in his morbid collection.
2. Gilead, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
What could be more terrifying than a future in which women have no rights and are considered mere possessions by men? There’s a reason this book’s seen a recent rise in popularity and that makes it all the more haunting.
1. The Moon, 72 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
Three teenagers are sent to the moon by NASA, but they are not alone. There’s something else out there. Something is watching them, hunting them. But on the moon there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. There’s just the vast unknowable darkness of space…
Have you read any of these books? What’s the creepiest setting you’ve ever read about?