What’s the Scariest Book You’ve Ever Read?

Halloween will be here in just a few days, which means there is no better time than now to curl up with a scary book. If you need a few suggestions, Goodreads users voted on the scariest book they’ve ever read, and here are the top ten:

1. It by Stephen King
2. The Shining by Stephen King
3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
4. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
5. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
6. Afraid by Jack Kilborn
7. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
8. The Ruins by Scott Smith
9. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
10. The Stand by Stephen King

It’s no surprise that Stephen King dominates this list. I’ve never read It because it was once described to me as “effing clowns in sewer drains,” and I’m a big wuss. If you’ve read It, do you think it’s King’s scariest story?

The one book on the list I’ve read is The Ruins, and it totally freaked me out. It’s about a group of tourists who get stranded in the Mexican jungle and have to fight for their survival. It’s a little gory, but mostly I remember having this intense feeling of dread while I was reading it.

Have you read any of these books? Which scary book would you add to the list?

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  • Ruth

    Salem’s Lot scared the heck out of me. I couldn’t sleep well for days. With all the vampire books out there today, I bet I wouldn’t find it quite as frightening now.

    My second scariest book is, It. Clowns are creepy!!

  • http://www.daemonsbooks.com/author/sandie/ Sandie

    Yep, IT!!! I think this is probably the first and last horror book I ever read. I was reading it during the day and it still freaked me out.

  • Jyothsna Shenoy

    Salem’s Lot was the scariest book I have ever read. I was living in hostel at that time and a bat entered my room and you can just imagine how I might have screamed.. I was afraid to sleep for days afterward.. Never read any of Stephen King’s novels after that..