Top 10 Scariest Books of All Time

The Top Ten
1 It (Stephen King)

This is the most brilliant book I've ever had the pleasure to read! It's amazing how much character development there is here, Stephen King is a genius! You really start caring and rooting for the characters, I though the Shining was the most horrifying book ever, till I read IT, thank you for the creeps and goosebumps King!

An amazing mixture of terrifying scenes with bouts of brilliant description and writing, characterization, and pure genius in the flow of the plot itself. It will forever haunt my dreams from time to time, a good souvenir from this massive journey.

It is fear. It is pure fear. Everything in this book revolves around fear. The reason this book was even made is to scare people. Also there is a sewer orgy.

The original movie was scary. The latest movie was scarier. The book was scariest by far. I've read other "scary" books like SL5 and Exorcist. IT is just on another level.

2 The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

This is absolutely terrifying!

3 The Shining (Stephen King)

Redrum...Redrum...Redrum... Stephen King's third novel was definitely a true tale of horror, from the psychotic Jack Torrance as the tangible threat, hunting down his family with a croquet mallet, to the spirits of the Overlook Hotel as the hidden, yet frighteningly present threat, slowly driving the Torrances into madness.

The scariest scene is here's Johnny!

4 Pet Sematary (Stephen King)

You see, if you bury your DEAD KID and he comes back and kills your best friend and his wife. Maybe, just MAYBE you shouldn't make the same mistake with your WIFE. But in all. This is a great book. Read it when I was 12.

Says bad words... don't like it

Sometime dead is better

5 The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
6 Books of Blood (Clive Barker)

Chilling and very original collection of short stories
Everyone's a book of blood

7 The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)

While the present tense may take a while to get used to ('Sterling looked down the empty corridor'), Thomas Harris' thriller is amazing and surprisingly terrifying, beautifully made into a suspenseful movie.

8 Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
9 At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft)
10 Jaws (Peter Benchley)

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

The Contenders
11 The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
12 Carrie (Stephen King)
13 Afraid (Jack Kilborn)
14 Salem's Lot (Stephen King)
15 Misery (Stephen King)
16 Cujo (Stephen King)
17 Dracula (Bram Stoker)
18 Psycho (Robert Bloch)
19 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
20 1984 (George Orwell)

This beats the crap out of everything above it. Most chilling novel I ever read.

21 Christine (Stephen King)
22 Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (Steve Alten)
23 I Am Legend (Richard Matheson)

Not quite as terrifying as It, but this book (and the movie for that matter) are some of the most terrifying things that I have ever read.

24 Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)
25 The Mysterious Stranger (Mark Twain)

This book is unlike anything Mark Twain has ever wrote.

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