These don’t have to be from horror books, but any setting from any book that gave you the heebie jeebies… in a good way.
In Daughter of the Burning City, Gomorrah is the travelling circus of sin. While the Uphill is relatively safe, the Downhill is where the mysterious magic hides and where you can find everything you want, for a price. Yes, it was creepy.
In the woods from After the Woods, girls go missing. The woods didn’t need any supernatural aspects to be creepy, only very detailed descriptions. The ending was underwhelming, but I remember loving the setting.
The Black Cradle Facility
All the scenes set in this space station are creepy. Here is trapped the ghost of a mass murder, and here lives the one of the creepiest characters I’ve ever met (and no, he’s not the mass murderer). The descriptions do not help:
If you looked too long at the ceiling, you started to see stars, faintly at first, then closer and closer, faster and faster, the luminous smears of nebulae resolving into individual jewels of light, and even the velvety darkness admitted cracks behind which great gears groaned.
This wood is literally eating people alive. And moving. And it can take over you mind. Really nice, isn’t it?
In Vassa in the Night‘s Brooklyn, BY stores dance around on chicken legs, singing creepy songs. But don’t worry! They only behead shoplifters. The owner has a really broad definition of shoplifter, though.
What are you favorite creepy settings?