macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages
macabre tortures conceived by madmen
It sounds macabre, but when Mother realized that after she’s dead, she won’t be able to tell me what to wear anymore, she came up with this ingenious postmortem system.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
"We’re masters of the macabre," Evra said.
Darren Shan -- A Vampire’s Assistant
The wide, humorless smile reappeared, made macabre by the blood running down his face.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
"I’m Faintly Macabre, the not-so-wicked Which," she continued, "and I’m certainly not going to harm you."
Norton Juster -- The Phantom Tollbooth
His tongue was black and swollen and sticking out of his mouth at a macabre angle.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
CHAPTER FIVE — Dance Macabre
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
The masks Barbara picked out ranged from the ludicrous to the macabre.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
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The morning of the day that she was scheduled to submit to the Electro-Sensilator’s macabre embrace she woke up feeling exceptionally worn-out and sick, far worse than ever before.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
His face was smeared with blood, a violent, macabre sight.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
Finding Ruthie Back in June 1993, during the course of putting together Mommy’s will-something I had to force her to do-the macabre subject of her burial came up.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
So instead, Josie found herself veering drunkenly from the soft-focus moments with Matt to the macabre.
Jodi Picoult -- Nineteen Minutes
I vaguely remembered a small crowd of vampires hovering close to Aro in his macabre tower, some male, some female.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
Any delight he felt in Murtagh’s reappearance was overwhelmed by the macabre circumstances of their meeting.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
The flashlight procession moved on, and the papal silhouettes rose and fell against the walls, stretching and vanishing in a macabre shadowbox dance.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
I was trying for a joke, but it came out sounding macabre.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
Salander had taken out a Canon digital camera and photographed the macabre tableau before Blomkvist got a rubbish sack and cleaned it away.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
When night fell, they congregated in the darkness with flashlights, continuing their macabre vigil at the bomb line in brooding entreaty as though hoping to move the ribbon up by the collective weight of their sullen prayers.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
They danced a macabre ballet around the victim, whom, for their own sake, they were prepared to sacrifice to the flaming pit.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
The macabre scene was deeply disturbing.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
No one ever ascertained what pleasure they derived from this macabre game.
Betty Smith -- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Commit a second murder, or lie low and accept the first as a kind of macabre present?
Agatha Christie -- The ABC Murders
The streets were like a Bosch painting come to life: full of grotesque and macabre creatures and scenes of sudden, hideous violence.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
Arriving at the battle site, Harlon moved in a macabre world of splintered trees and burned-out brush.
James Bradley -- Flags of Our Fathers
For one ghastly moment, I was reminded of our afternoon in Italy, in the macabre tower room of the Volturi, where Jane had tortured Edward with her malignant gift, burning him with her thoughts alone…… The memory snapped me out of my near hysteria and put everything in perspective.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
In the wild revolving lights his face looked as macabre as any in the frenzied rock group.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
She performed as he had ordered, the effect macabre.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
…horizontality of everything else (the Museum of Science and Industry, with its dome stripped to its steel frame, as if for an autopsy; the modern Chamber of Commerce Building, its tower as cold, rigid, and unassailable after the blow as before; the huge, low-lying, camouflaged city hall; the row of dowdy banks, caricaturing a shaken economic system); and in the streets a macabre traffic — hundreds of crumpled bicycles, shells of street cars and automobiles, all halted in mid-motion.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
Systematically, in her kind, concerned voice she conjured up the macabre future in store for them.
Arundhati Roy -- The God of Small Things
However, no sooner was he stretched out than he sat bolt upright, his head and shoulders suddenly propelled into view, with somewhat the macabre-comic effect of a corpse falling out of a closet.
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
That’s macabre, I had said, and he had just shrugged it off; he saw the business of death and dying every day.
Jodi Picoult -- Change of Heart
The pure bright sacrilegious fire illuminated the grinning faces of the cadre, who had turned their faces toward the macabre light.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
They held the funeral on the second day, with the town coming to look at Miss Emily beneath a mass of bought flowers, with the crayon face of her father musing profoundly above the bier and the ladies sibilant and macabre; and the very old men —some in their brushed Confederate uniforms—on the porch and the lawn, talking of Miss Emily as if she had been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they had danced with her and courted her perhaps, confusing time with its mathematical…
William Faulkner -- A Rose for Emily
Saunière’s left index finger was also bloody, apparently having been dipped into the wound to create the most unsettling aspect of his own macabre deathbed; using his own blood as ink, and employing his own naked abdomen as a canvas, Saunière had drawn a simple symbol on his flesh—five straight lines that intersected to form a five-pointed star.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
I was powerless to help her; all I could do was watch the macabre scene in horror.
James Patterson -- Kiss the Girls
Ann asks with a breathlessness that shows her love of the macabre.
Libba Bray -- Sweet Far Thing
She must have seen life repeating itself as a macabre dance.
Russell Baker -- Growing Up
Little do they know how macabre those words actually are.
Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard -- Killing Kennedy
I’ll get you something less macabre to wear.
Stephenie Meyer -- New Moon
Suddenly, Rodchenko reflected, into this danse macabre had come the paranoid monseigneur from Paris.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
The killings took place in Aurora, Colorado, at closing time, and police later arrived to find a macabre scene.
Eric Schlosser -- Fast Food Nation
Bodies and body parts were carried out in trucks every night and posed throughout the city, a macabre public arts program that served to educate and edify.
Abraham Verghese -- Cutting for Stone
The next day the fine weather holding, Mark went with the elder men of the tribe, and what had seemed so reasonable a project became suddenly huge and macabre.
Margaret Craven -- I Heard the Owl Call My Name
He thought of operating, of making a murderous wrong incision; and with a more immediate, macabre fear, he thought of the dissecting-room and the stony, steely Anatomy Building.
Sinclair Lewis -- Arrowsmith
The child, who had a certain inclination for the macabre, would concentrate according to her uncle’s instructions until she was able to visualize her mother’s death as if it were really happening.
Isabel Allende -- The House of Spirits
But the intuition grew, and now he was moving forward toward the altar, raising his arms with grim and macabre dignity, half Miltonic dream of Lucifer, half whitefaced mechanical man in drab, once-black, moth-eaten clothes, responding with tin emotions to the demand of a drive in a museum of horrors.
John Gardner -- The Sunlight Dialogues
He hid his most favored treasures in small boxes, among them his first extracted tooth and a photograph of his "twelve-year-old sweetheart," although later observers speculated these boxes also contained treasures of a more macabre sort, such as the skulls of small animals that he disabled and then dissected, alive, in the woods around Gilmanton.
Erik Larson -- The Devil in the White City
Gounod had conducted the Funeral March of a Marionnette; Reyer, his beautiful overture to Siguar; Saint Saens, the Danse Macabre and a Reverie Orientale; Massenet, an unpublished Hungarian march; Guiraud, his Carnaval; Delibes, the Valse Lente from Sylvia and the Pizzicati from Coppelia.