Top 10 Scariest Books of All Time

The Top Ten Scariest Books of All Time

1 It (Stephen King)

This book and movie really creeps me out

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.

2 The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

This is absolutely terrifying! - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

Hated reading it but just couldn't stop

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 The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)


5 The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
6 Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
7 Pet Sematary (Stephen King)

Sometime dead is better

Says bad words... don't like it


8 Afraid (Jack Kilborn)
9 Books of Blood (Clive Barker)

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

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Salem's Lot (Stephen King)
12 Psycho (Robert Bloch)

It is the most scary horror book I have ever read

13 Misery (Stephen King)
14 Carrie (Stephen King)
15 Jaws (Peter Benchley)

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

16 Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
17 At the Mountains of Madness (H.P. Lovecraft)
18 Cujo (Stephen King)
19 Christine (Stephen King)
20 The Veldt (Ray Bradbury)

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

21 Power of 5: Raven's Gate (Anthony Horowitz)
22 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

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. - julianfrank1151

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

This book is unlike anything Mark Twain has ever wrote.

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