The 50 Scariest Books Of All Time

October 11, 2013

The 50 Scariest Books Of All Time
IT by Stephen King
Piercing by Ryu Murakami
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Best of H. P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Books of Blood by Clive Barker
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Dawn by Octavia Butler
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
The Cipher by Kathe Koja
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Ruins by Scott Smith
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James
Naomi’s Room by Jonathan Aycliffe
The Ritual by Adam Nevill
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
Incarnate by Ramsey Campbell
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
The Collector by John Fowles
The Store by Bentley Little
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
1984 by George Orwell

I am utterly shocked at how little I have read this year. For someone who usually reads three books a week, I’ve plummeted to a mere 11... for the entire year. I actually feel a bit sick. I’m a disgrace.

I discovered Flavorwire’s list of the fifty scariest books and since I’m an absolute fool for lists (particularly literature and cinema related), and because I traditionally devote the entire month of October to books that keep you awake at night; this list has reignited my passion for reading.

I’ve listed each of the fifty books Flavorwire thinks you should read, striking out the ones I’ve already read, and highlighting the ones I really want to read as soon as possible. I’ve already picked up a copy of Clive Barker’s Book of Blood and read through Dathan Auerbach’s Penpal and Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.

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  1. roshkud10/11/2013

    Why have I read none of these?! Once ive finished 1Q84 il start on these. I love reading and its so much easier now that ive stolen by bfs kindle ;).

  2. YES I have a Kobo and I switch between reading physical books and digital copies. I love them both. If you need are recommendations on where to start, let me know! Some of my favourites made it onto this list.

  3. I've read a couple on here, the most recent being 'We Need To Talk About Kevin', a truly odd book which led me to dislike both Kevin and his mother.

    I'm going to try and read a few more off here I think :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  4. Molly Lyon10/12/2013

    Just followed you after discovering you via this post. More beauty bloggers need to post about books, otherwise it can become a little superficial. (Woops I said it!) definitely going to try work my way through this list

  5. YES that book made me feel all kinds of weird. I didn't like the mother at all.. but the son, he was.. UGH. Just an awful person.

  6. THANK YOU <3

    I agree. I want this blog to be all aspects of my life, not just the beauty stuff.
    I am glad people liked this post.

  7. I just stumbled across your blog via Twitter and as a massive horror fan I feel compelled to comment on this post. I've read a lot of these but there are a few intriguing ones that I've missed. They're going straight on my reading list! I highly recommend Piercing by Ryu Murakami (and his Audition and In the Miso Soup) and Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin which is pretty much my all-time favourite book. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is amazing and so is anything by M.R. James.


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