As we roll into the more hopefully colder half of August, the horror gamer part of myself starts to peek out from the shadows a little more. Peering out to see if it’s her time to parade around the blog and other social media outlets to speak about creepy characters, terrifying novels, and nightmare fuel games. Welcome to the side of Gray’s Otome and Visual Novel Corner that focuses on the VN aspect of this gaming genre.
Where suspense, thrillers, and horror games take over. While some otome games meet the creepy aspect of the horror criteria, it’s rare… depending on what game you’ve gotten into your hands. Before we proceeded, I’d like to say thanks to Kelly from Another Book in the Wall Blog for making these Halloween themed prompts!
Reader beware, these visual novels aren’t for those who want romance flair, these are for those who dare to face their darkest nightmares.
Horror Visual Novels/Books That Kept You Up at Night
From the same studio that brought you Higurashi When They Cry, comes another visual novel that surely will keep you up at night due to the mystery and the intense nature of what is in store for the characters involved in this story. Umineko follows the male protagonist, Battler Uroshiromiya as he and his family head to an island off the coast of Japan for the annual family gathering of sorts. At first, this vacation seems to be a fun and simple event that has brought all the characters together for a relaxing time away from the city.
However, that is never the case when it comes from the creators of Higurashi (LMAO), in almost an instant the game turns from jovial to toxic. As elder family members collide with their opinions over the family fortune, whilst the younger generation is left in the pit of despair of all that is occurring. This is a static visual novel that will keep you at the edge of your seat as you watch the psychotic nature of everyone truly coming undone under the pressure of the curse that sits on the island.
Who says that visual novels are just for romance and kids?
Said no one. This game left me confused, scared, and biting my nails as the world around the people within this island began to collapse and turn psychotic. Let’s not forget the blood and gore that we see, and the fact that little children are involved! Hey, we’ve got a party for one heck of a horrorfest.
One of the best visual novel games I’ve played to date is Corpse Party, the games are a complete mind-fuck to the psyche. Although there is a sprinkle of paranormal and supernatural forces in the mix of the game, the true horror lies within the characters in the game. Forced to try and survive in this alternate universe that the malevolent child, Sachiko, has created–you run into past souls who have also been trapped in this wicked game.
The problem is… Who can you really trust in this shadow world of mystery and terror as ghosts may be only one part of the deadly game? The weight of your mind breaking within the realm of Sachiko’s world is another factor you need to consider and survive. Depending on the game, your perspective changes from different characters and emotions as you try not to cry yourself to sleep with the choices you make.
This game left me feeling horrified and overwhelmed with anxiety for the people you meet, as the characters are memorable and they leave a deep impression on your mind. If you’re looking for a version of the game that doesn’t involve people dying a horrifying death, check out Sweet Sachiko’s Birthday Bash Hysteria–as you get a break from all the death and get to have a little fun with the characters instead.
Of course, this game is going to make it onto my list of horrifying novels that I couldn’t stop reading, behold one of the ultimate visual novels of terror that kept me screaming “what the fuck!?” the whole entire time. Higurashi When They Cry is a household name in the visual novel world, and while the game is static read with the only point and click maneuvers–the story is engrossing and captivating.
The game never ceases to amaze me with how it cruelly lures the reader into thinking that you’re in for a great ‘slice of life’ novel. WRONG. The game does have its cute and funny moments, but as the plot thickens and we dive deeper into the personality of the people surrounding Hinamizawa… Well, you’ll just have to keep yourself from screaming and pray you can sleep at night after finishing the books.
R.L. Stine is a staple of 80s/90s horror books for me, I actually still have this book and a few others in my stash because I still adore them and how they terrified me in the late hours of the night. Bad Moonlight was one of the best teenage horror books I read from his Fear Street Super Chiller Series, as I am a gal for werewolves this book hit the terror gauge spot on. The story follows Danielle Verona a teenage gal who wants to make it big as a songstress in the world beyond her small-town life.
However, the sparkly life of living on the road and performing at the hottest clubs cannot hide the evil lurking in the shadows. The howling of something calling to her and the death of a band member rudely awakens Danielle that something sinister is watching them from the curtain of night.
I see a Bad Moon Rising…
Lord of the Flies was a book that I was introduced to in my first year of high school, this novel left an ocean of turmoil and emotions inside me that I still have not forgotten. I had bought the book for my English class and proceeded to read the novel a little before we actually initiated the actual chapters assigned for the week. I read the book in one day. The story grips you in the first few pages and as you follow the children in the book, the unraveling horror that spills out upon pages leaves a dark stain discomfort and asking ‘what did I just… read?’
Do I hate the book? No. It taught me some valuable sets of lessons and also how terrifying a human mind can be.
Thanks to this creepy-ass dummy, I didn’t get a wink of sleep as a child after I read this book. It didn’t help when I watched his segment of episodes for the Goosebumps Series that used to play on channel five either. This novel was terrifying for me as a kid and I still hate porcelain dolls or dummies thanks to this novel. I do adore R.L. Stine for inflicting a very light aspect of horror into me, but I can’t look at dolls the same way again after this.
Slappy is cynical, sarcastic, and overall just creepy as hell… I had nightmares thinking he was standing by my bed about to take my soul. It didn’t help that I found out about the Chucky series later that same year LMAO. Freddy Krueger definitely disappeared from my nightmares because of this doll…
Or did he? Especially when I had barbies… Oh boy… After reading this book, I didn’t look at Barbies the same either.
Now that the creepers have come out, it’s time to slam a foot down and draw the line and keep the monsters at bay. I’m getting full-body chills remembering everything that happened in these games and books, and I know I’ll be rereading a few of these items in the oncoming months ahead. As we wrap up this almost horror-filled blog post of sorts from both the Cozy Nook and the Gaming Corner of my blog… These are just my own opinions, but I know there will more than likely be a part II to this entry in the blogosphere.
So sleep tight friends, thanks for stopping by, and see you on the gaming side.