Top 10 Scariest Books of All Time

The Top Ten
1 It (Stephen King) It (Stephen King) Product Image

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) The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty) Product Image

This is absolutely terrifying!

3 The Shining (Stephen King) The Shining (Stephen King) Product Image

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) Pet Sematary (Stephen King) Product Image

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

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

7 The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris) The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris) Product Image

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) Ghost Story (Peter Straub) Product Image
9 At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft) At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft) Product Image
10 The Turn of the Screw (Henry James) The Turn of the Screw (Henry James) Product Image
The Contenders
11 Jaws (Peter Benchley) Jaws (Peter Benchley) Product Image

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

12 Carrie (Stephen King) Carrie (Stephen King) Product Image
13 Afraid (Jack Kilborn) Afraid (Jack Kilborn) Product Image
14 Salem's Lot (Stephen King) Salem's Lot (Stephen King) Product Image
15 Misery (Stephen King) Misery (Stephen King) Product Image
16 Cujo (Stephen King) Cujo (Stephen King) Product Image
17 Psycho (Robert Bloch) Psycho (Robert Bloch) Product Image
18 Dracula (Bram Stoker) Dracula (Bram Stoker) Product Image
19 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) Product Image
20 Christine (Stephen King) Christine (Stephen King) Product Image
21 1984 (George Orwell) 1984 (George Orwell) Product Image
22 I Am Legend (Richard Matheson) I Am Legend (Richard Matheson) Product Image

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.

23 Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury) Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury) Product Image
24 The Mysterious Stranger (Mark Twain) The Mysterious Stranger (Mark Twain) Product Image

This book is unlike anything Mark Twain has ever wrote.

25 Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (Steve Alten) Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (Steve Alten) Product Image
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