Scariest Books of All Time


The Top Ten

1 It (Stephen 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. - julianfrank1151

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.

Scared me. Not really the movie though..

The book is WAY better than the movie - SoloPotato

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2 The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

Hated reading it but just couldn't stop

This is absolutely terrifying! - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

3 The Shining (Stephen King)
4 The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
5 The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
6 Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
7 Afraid (Jack Kilborn)
8 Pet Sematary (Stephen King) V 1 Comment
9 Books of Blood (Clive Barker)

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

10 Salem's Lot (Stephen King)

The Contenders

11 The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
12 At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft)
13 The Veldt - Ray Bradbury

It made me creeped out, something no story has EVER done before! - SwagFlicks

14 Power of 5: Raven's Gate (Anthony Horowitz)
15 Revival - Stephen King

I read a lot of Stephen King books, and this is the only one that actually terrified me. I'm not going to tell you what happens, but I'll tell you it is completely unlike any other Stephen King book. - Yoshilord

16 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. - julianfrank1151

17 Carrie (Stephen King)
18 Psycho (Robert Bloch)
19 Jaws (Peter Benchley)
20 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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Top Remixes

1. The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)
2. It (Stephen King)
3. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)



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