10 Books that will scare you to death.


Free Spirit
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With Halloween coming up I thought someone might like to curl up with a scary novel. I found this list of books that might make scary reads. I can attest to the fact that The Shining was good and scary but a couple of the others I have only seen the movie version. Its been my experience in most cases the book is better. There is one on that list that I would love to read, sounds like my type of book and that's O My Darling.

Have you ever read any on this list? Was it good? Would you like to read any of these?

10 Novels That Will Scare The Hell Out Of You | Julie Buntin


I'm serious
Sometimes I forget that I read quite a few Stephen King books when I was younger. I used to like reading that kind of genre, but honestly, a much as I love horror and thriller movies, I wouldn't read the books. I'm a little particular on what I read and I find fantasy to be the only genre I really enjoy reading.


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I have read the original version of "The Shining" back in 11th grade. It was a whole lot better than the 1980 version, plus, the 1997 version actually went according to the book!


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The only book on that list that I've read is Great Expectations, I didn't read it once but twice. To be honest, I didn't find it scary at all, a little weird but not scary.

I don't actively search for a way to scare myself whether it's in what I read, watch, or listen to. I can understand enjoying the feeling of being temporarily scared but it's just not something I would seek out on purpose.


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I dare to add Stephen King's "Pet Sematary". I read it in my early teens and it gave me the creeps. Although I'm sure if I read it again now at my thirties, I'll fall asleep :-/

Another one not totally belonging to this genre but completely overhelming is Ballard's "Crash".


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Out of that list, I've skimmed through "The Shining". Very creepy indeed, and I love this genre as well. "The Little Stranger" looks like an interesting read though. I will definitely be on the lookout at my local library after I finish "The Red Lotus" :)


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Thank you for the list. Now I know what I'm going to read next.
I actually never got scared of the book, but as far as I know H.P. Lovecraft - At the Mountains of Madness is a perfect one. My next book indeed.