Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature – Part 3

Well, well–it seems that we’re becoming
quite the seasoned adventurers when it comes to traversing the terrifying landscapes of
literature. So far we’ve crawled through the Cenobites
Labyrinth, trudged our way across The Dreamlands, scaled the infinite walls of Castle Gormenghast–and
even floated listlessly across the Todash Darkness of Stephen King’s Macroverse. And–you know, as is usually the case when
one levels up their ability to bare witness to the realms of horror–there’s plenty
more where that came from. So then, let’s take a look, shall we? Hello horror fans, what’s going on–and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As always, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature–Part
3. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from 1984’s Dune–directed by David Lynch–of course depicting the awesomely designed Guild
Navigator Edric–on his arrival to the Emperor before kickstarting his whole murder plot. Hey, that’s just Frank Herbert’s Dune
for ya–but for the astute amongst you, you’ll know that we’ve already covered the planet
of Arrakis in this list series–so consider it todays honorable reminder. Kicking off at Number 5–Asshai, A Song Of
Ice & Fire And you may have noticed that, even over three
parts of this list series–this is our first stop into the world of Planetos, and George
R.R Martin’s phenomenal piece of fantasy literature, A Song Of Ice & Fire. Hey–listen, stop hating guys–I’ve been
waiting for this series to be completed since the late nineties–we can wait a little bit
longer, give the guy a break. But that’s by the by–because whilst we’re
waiting for The Winds of Winter, we can pass beneath the shadow and cast our gaze to the
East, to The Shadowlands–and it’s most mysterious and notorious city, Asshai. Or Asshai-by-the-Shadow if you’re being
particularly ominous. You see, the thing is though–the reason this
entry takes number five in our list–is because it’s merely a matter of perspective when
it comes to describing the fear behind Asshai. You see, George Martin is a stickler for history–and
his allegorical appreciation of our own human history is exactly what makes his work so
applicable here. From a Westerosi perspective, the land of
Asshai–a mysterious port city in the far-south east of Essos–where the Ash river meets the
Jade Sea–cascading down toward the Saffron Straits, and then beyond that–a mountainous
peninsula, the Shadow Lands. That landscape, told by sailors and pirates
in Port City, then becomes the most foreign, and remote places imaginable to a small boy
from Flea Bottom. And with that lack of knowledge, comes fear. Yes, Asshai is a city made of black stone
that drinks light–it is dark and gloomy, it’s inhabitants are masters of ancient
and arcane knowledge–who worship The Black Goat, and where anything goes as far as magic
is concerned. But you see–all of these are whispers. We’ve never seen Asshai, and we may never
will–but the mystery is what keeps is curious. It *could* be the most terrifying hive of
dark magic in The Known World–or it could be, that words–are wind. And therein lies the point. Swinging in at Number 4–The Nevernever, The
Dresden Files Contrary to that though–talking about places
that certainly *are* incredibly well described landscapes of arcane and supernatural horror,
we have to talk about Jim Butcher’s The Nevernever–the literal afterlife in his fantastic
Dresden Files series. Now, if you know anything about Butcher’s
work, you’ll know that he has a particular knack at reinventing prominent horror tropes. In his world, Vampires, Werewolves and Warlocks
alike are fully fleshed out as intricate and individualistic entities–not any two of them
are alike, and in many ways similar to Martin’s work–only grey areas exist when it comes
to the inner workings of the denizens of magic. And talking about reinvention, or, I suppose
homogeneity is a better term in this case–who better to take every afterlife in myth and
legend–and collide them into one. The Nevernever. The spirit world that exists alongside the
mortal plane as a sort of alternate dimension–but is certainly not a mirror image. The Nevernever is a vast and winding entity–it
is far, far larger than the mortal world–perhaps even infinite, and despite the vast knowledge
of Harry Dresden and many other characters in the series–little is known about it’s
inner workings. You see, although I said it’s not exactly
a mirror image–it also kind of is–and wherever The Nevernever touches the Mortal plane–those
two places will have a resonance of energy. If a portion of the Nevernever is a mass of
misery and evil–it will touch a place of the same energy in the mortal world–an abandoned
prison perhaps, or the scene of a brutal massacre. In Butcher’s series, The Nevernever is Heaven,
Hell, Olympus, Elysium, Tartarus, Gehena–it is both the Summer and Winter Court of the
Sidhe. The true mystical terror behind this mysterious
webway is, again, how little is known about the place. So far, if it involves The Nevernever, Harry
Dresden’s response is to just… leave town. It’s probably for the best. Next up at Number 3–The Hotel Dolphin, 1408 And whilst many of you will probably wonder
why The Overlook Hotel doesn’t take this spot instead–my response would be, Room 1408
is far more terrifying than that place ever could be. And also, in many ways–1408 is perhaps one
of Stephen King’s most terrifying–well, monsters, I guess–because if you’ve read
his remarkable 1999 short story, 1408–then you’ll know how truly terrifying this entity
of a room really is. Now, obviously this particular entry isn’t
going to go without spoilers–so I’ll try and keep things as loose and as fast as I
can in order to paint just how demonic this hotel room is–but if you’re really not
in the business for having this story ruined for you–just pop on over to the next point. You see, as the tale describes, King’s protagonist,
Mike Enslin–is an author–a famous debunker of haunted houses and paranormal places across
the United States. Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses, Ten Nights
in Ten Haunted Castles–and of course, his next release–Ten Nights In Ten Haunted Hotel
Rooms. And as Mike Enslin finds out–at the Hotel
Dolphin, on 61st Street in downtown New York City–there is a room of such bloody infamy,
that it has been left empty for over 20 years. Upon arrival, the hotel manager gravely warns
him of Room 1408’s morbid history. It has been responsible for at least 42 deaths–12
of them suicides–over a 68 year period–but he’s heard it all before. Mike Enslin does this kind of thing for a
living–and he won’t be dissuaded by the pleas of a hotel manager. Well, obviously I won’t paint too much of
a vivid picture, because really–you should read 1408 if you haven’t already–but some
of the scenes depicted in this story are, genuinely–some of King’s most terrifying
pieces of prose. Particularly when it comes to a certain phone-call
that incessantly won’t stop ringing. Yeah, it’s probably best that I just leave
it there–but Room 1408 at The Hotel Dolphin is certainly one of the most memorable, and
equally terrifying places in horror literature. Coming in at Number 2–Utumno, The Silmarillion And truth be told–although 1408 is a terrifying
place–what better way to shatter the confidence of our imagination, than an entire Iron Fortress
of some of the most evil entities ever created in fantasy fiction. You see, I’ve seen a lot of you Top 5 Scary
fans calling for Mordor to appear on this list–but hey, we all know that Mordor is
merely the summer home of The Dark Lord himself–and the real stronghold of evil incarnate, is
Utumno–or Udun, if you’re so inclined. For fans of J.R.R Tolkein’s legendary work
of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings–you’ll know the compendium behind that series, The
Silmarillion, fleshed out the primal evils of the world. The Prime of those Evils, was Melkor–and
this place, Utumno, far in the North of Middle Earth during the First Age–was the location
of his deepest fortress. It lay in the Iron Mountains, above even Angband–his
vanguard stronghold–carved into the very flesh of the Earth. And essentially–if you’re wondering where
all of the many demons, wraiths, trolls, Balrogs, and even the hideous race of orcs were first
birthed from–it was this place. During the Time of the Lamps–the creation
mythos of Middle Earth–Melkor, the First Dark Lord, began digging his great pits deep
within the bowels of the Earth–clawing his way into the darkness, where he then lured
and called out to the evil powers of the World to join him. Here he existed for Millenia, eventually expanding
upward through the Iron Mountains to the surface, where he constructed his Vanguard fortress
of Angband to wage a war upon the Valar in the War of the Lamps. Listen, there is so, so much lore behind the
Silmarillion–particularly when it comes to Arda, but do you know that seen in The Fellowship
Of The Ring–where my man Gandalf does the whole *fly you fools* thing and has to wrestle
the Balrog? Well, yeah–this place is where they hibernated. And when I say they, I mean an entire army
of them. Utumno. It’s not a nice place. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–The
Jaunt And, you see–I thought long and hard about
where to place this entry on our list, and I’m relatively certain that when you strip
it all back–The Jaunt is perhaps one of the most terrifying places ever penned in literature. And who best to pen it? Of course, Stephen King. Hey listen, I’m not bothered if we have
The King of Horror show up twice on our list–in fact, I’m honoured–but for those of you
that have read his 1981 short story–you may understand exactly why we have to put this
place at the top of the pile. First published in The Twilight Zone Magazine–and
later added to his 1985 collection, Skeleton Crew–this is perhaps one of King’s most
explicitly science fiction entries. The Jaunt, which is a short enough read–is
a tale that takes place in the early 24th century–where the technology of teleportation,
referred to as Jaunting–is entirely commonplace, and is used for instantaneous transportation
across enormous distances–where humanity has now pretty much colonized our entire solar
system. Now, I’ll try my utmost not to ruin any
of the actual bones of the story–which solely features a young family about to Jaunt their
way to Mars–but it’s in the exposition of this place that truly takes you off guard. You see, The Jaunt is the place that you must
pass through in under to be a recipient of this instantaneous teleportation, and thus
travel such immense distances–but as the pioneers in the early days of this technology
quickly discovered, a traveller has to be completely unconscious to survive The Jaunt
Effect, as is explained by the family’s father as they prepare to undergo general
anaesthesia at the beginning of the story. Alright, I’ll stop there–because really,
if you haven’t read it, I’m sure that there’s a PDF floating around somewhere
for you to sink your teeth into, but honestly, I’m not sure if it’s just me–but King
seemed to have struck on and oddly specific nerve. Maybe the Jaunt is Todash Darkness–maybe
it’s the place that we see when we close our eyes and go to sleep at night–but, one
thing is for certain. I don’t want to find out. Well, there we have it horror fans, our list
for the Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature–Part 3. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video though,
let’s first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from Part 2 of
this particular series. First up, Vlad the Impaler says– If I were to be reborn in Warhammer 40k–I
would like to be an Ork. Why? Because they seem to be the only race who
actually have a good time and live a carefree and angst free life. — I agree entirely with this statement, Vlad. Ignorance is bliss, especially if you’re
in a WAAARGGH. And finally, Koda the marionette ghoul kun
says– Jack, what is your favourite character that
you’ve played in dungeons and dragons? –And what a brilliant question, I think I’ve
kind of answered this before–but it was last year maybe. Through many different campaigns, I’ve only
ever played one character that mattered. A Dwarf Bard named Grum, the Guzzler–I go
for the Folk Hero trait, max charisma, and turn all of my campaigns into a travelling
band of music and good times. Hey, no one said defeating evil couldn’t
have a soundtrack. On that note, unfortunately, that’s all
we’ve got time for in today’s video–cheers for sticking around all the way until the
end. If you were a fan of this video, or just Top
5 Scary Videos in general–please, be a dear and hit that thumbs up button, and I’ll
be seeing you in the next one. As always, I’ve been your horror host Jack
Finch–you’ve been watching Top 5 Scary Videos. And until next time, you take it easy.

76 Replies to “Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature – Part 3

  1. Wanna know how this series started? Check out – Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature – Part 1

  2. Jack, you never read the complimentary comments about you, and that is nice. I do hope you get complimentary comments though, you deserve them, brother. This series is fresh, well-written, and has on-point graphics. Well done.

  3. DANTE'S INFERNO "Virgil secures safe passage 4 Dante from the Demons that guard Bolgia 5 their leader MALACODA Sends a squad of demons to escort them" πŸ‘ΉπŸ’€

  4. The Wamphri homeworld from necroscope needs a nod. yes, infectious vampires who mold flesh like Play-do. And our only hope is a more than just a little totalitarian semi-fascist psychic spy agency with very friendly views on collateral damage. Lovely.

  5. Just some humble suggestions for a part 4:

    – The Maw, from Star Wars EU (non-canon but eh). A giant prison of black holes that contains Abeloth, the Bringer of Chaos, a force entity that fed on the life force of living things.
    – The Island of Doru Areaba from the Inheritance Cycle. A smoking, radioactive husk full of mutated creatures for which there is no name (a complete one off for that series, as everything has a name; its a plot point) and littered with the charred remains of ancient dragon holds and massive dragon skeletons. And, curiously, still populated by some.
    – Sylvania, from Warhammer. A province ruled by vampires, where the human population is raised like cattle to be slaughtered and from where legions of undead and other ghosts and ghouls march to make war on Sigmar’s Sons

  6. Harry Dresden knows his way around the Nevernever pretty well actually. His mom knew ways thru the Nevernever that no one else knew. Harry now has that knowledge since he has his mom's ruby with said information glued into his pentacle necklace.

  7. Jack is a great narrator…. And one of these days, he's going to dissappear. The police will then show up. Discover his entire wardrobe is gone. No sign of a struggle. No signs of violence, or death. Just a missing man, and his missing clothes.
    It me. I did it. I want the clothes. And Jack, as a narrator for a horror short.
    Also, a band you may like is called Electric Wizard.

  8. Hey Master Jack. You and Mistress Lucy are doing a spot on job with the videos. Keep up the good work. By the way when we see the 1988's 'Slugs' featured as a Top 5?

  9. JACK!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!! I caught that!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ₯°

    Dune! Woop woop!!!! Love u guys !!!!πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š apparently I'm going to have to do my homework and backtrack! Thank you anyways! Great read and movie….very confusing for ones that ones just jump in whenever….πŸ€˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ty.

  10. Interesting side note (at least to me) King got the term "The Jaunt" from Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination, which features a very similar mode of transportation. Bester's novel wasn't a horror story though, and jaunting never caused any problems as it does in King's story.

  11. I freaking love the Jaunt. Great story from the King. It's not hard for me, a 40 year old dude, to fangirl over sai King but seeing the Jaunt over many other places in his novels has me cheering like someone who actually likes sports cheering for their team.

  12. Good choice with the jaunt! I love short stories! But that one was crazy at the ending unbelievable that man is a genius or maybe crazy or I don't know what he is but it was mind blowing say the least because everybody wanted to know… guess somebody found out!

  13. Love you guys and the channel. Its impossible to cover them all. Are you guys fans of Edward Lee? How about Hell in his Infernal series? Great stuff.

  14. I always felt King was less a "king of horror" more a xerox machine of horror. Kings of horror have always been Poe, Lovecraft and those that came before one note charlie.

  15. I remember reading the "The Jaunt," way back in the 80's and the ending has haunted me ever since. The thing is, King doesn't get into too much detail about what it really is or what is in "Jaunt" space, and leaves it more to our imaginations. Scary stuff.

  16. Ok so here is where I usually say "More Lucy, less Guy with Beard. Buy a traveling band or Dwarf Musicians does sound kind of nice. 2 points Jack…… But the beard got to go brav

  17. PS: Forgotten Horror Movies, how about β€˜The House of Long Shadows’ Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, David Carradine! Yes!

  18. Hey Jack, I binge watched the show Marianne this weekend on Netflix. The visuals were really good, I recommend to you, mister!

  19. I saw the film 1408 and oh boy was it a bit scary….. The illusions really play tricks on your mind. It's a pretty good and scary film if you like horror movies

  20. Hey Jack, I'm like you, happy to wait. My issue is George and his weight, I'm dreading him having a heart attack before he finishes his masterpiece.

  21. 3:27: How do they KEEP those choppers up to that amazing standard with no dentists around?! And, what if they break a fang.. do they NEED a dentists, then? I'm positive, that a dentist would LOVE to make a mint off of these guys. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ˜‰

  22. Love the shirt Jack. I remember going to see Dune at cinema back in 1984 it was all the rage in sixth form, well amongst my friends anyway. It’s such a shame that games of Thrones was not written by George R R Martian.πŸ’–πŸ©πŸ©πŸ’–πŸΎπŸΎπŸ‘πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸ’“πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  23. You should make a video on the 5 top scary South East USA movies. TN, The Carolinas Alabama GA, MS, LA…(Maybe a two part as that covers a lot of territory 😜) oh Deliverance is a shoe in for GA if that film counts it may be more a thriller in my eyes..

  24. In the Nevernever there's one part that is extremely distant from Earth and Earthly concerns that is possibly the worst part of the entire realm, and the reason the Winter Court outnumbers the Summer. Also, Gandalf calls the balrog "Flame of Udun."

  25. Another great video jack question for you if we have such great writers like Steve king another's why oo!!who are B-movies and others horror movie lacking story line??? SmhπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™‰πŸ˜£πŸ˜£

  26. We might not explore like we used 2, but we still seem 2 travel around a lot. Great content Jack, always enjoyable n informative. πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

  27. lease do a video f the top Dario Argento films, obviously Suspiria will be number 1 but theres 4 other spots to fill!!! Love his films <3 please please please

  28. Totally different topic, but I recently watched B-movie horror Satanic, about a group of college kids doing a "Satanic" tour of LA on their way to Coachella (as you do). The ending . . . For me that's horrifying. Your thoughts?

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