Scariest Books of All Time

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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. - 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.

A mesmerizing odyssey of horror. That will have checking under the bed for pennywise

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2 The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

This is absolutely terrifying! - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

Hated reading it but just couldn't stop

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)

Says bad words... don't like it

Chilling

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 Goosebumps (R.L Stine)
13 Psycho (Robert Bloch)

It is the most scary horror book I have ever read

14 At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft)
15 The Veldt - Ray Bradbury

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

16 Power of 5: Raven's Gate (Anthony Horowitz)
17 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

18 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

19 Carrie (Stephen King)
20 Jaws (Peter Benchley)
21 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
22 Misery (Stephen King)
23 Cujo (Stephen King)
24 Dracula (Bram Stoker)
25 Christine (Stephen King)
26 Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)
27 The Mysterious Stranger (Mark Twain)

This book is unlike anything Mark Twain has ever wrote.

28 Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (Steve Alten)
29 The Mask (Dean Koontz)
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