toff wrote:
BTW the most terrifying book I ever read was The Shoemaker. http://www.amazon.com/Shoemaker-Psychotic-Flora-Rheta-Schreiber/dp/067122
I'll never forget Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians. Anybody who thinks that the use of physical or mental torture is justified for certain purposes should read this book first. But be warned : I didn't sleep well for at least a couple of nights, and even now I look at that thin book with a certain shudder. It's a masterpiece, but I've read it but once ...

http://turtleneck.net/summer01/tweedjacket/coetzee.htm

Ambulo, ergo sum!