What are the scariest, literal horror books you’ve ever read?

I’m interested in writing horror books and stories, however I feel I haven’t really read enough horror myself to really get the hang of the genre yet. What are some horror books that are seriously scary? A book like It (Stephen King) seems to overly long with to many flashbacks/etc. and subplots to seem scary. Any ideas? Also maybe I’m just not reading King’s best work.

7 Responses to “What are the scariest, literal horror books you’ve ever read?”

  • Always Ariana:

    well i like Underworld by Catherine MacPhail
    i couldn’t seem to go to sleep that night

  • Agent || Carlos Oliviera:

    House by Ted Dekker and Frank Perretti. It’s not all TOO scary, but still pretty eerie

  • Nanny of many:

    The only time I’ve been scared by a book I was in my teens and I made the mistake of reading three of R.L. Stine’s books in the middle of the night with only one lamp on in the house. Needless to say I didn’t want to move from where I was reading but it was all in good fun. I know his books weren’t scary but these were about spirits and haunted houses (I do live in one) and in the middle of the night don’t mix.

  • imaniac:

    Pet Semetary by Stephen King (don’t worry it’s only 400 pages not 1,000)

  • Forward is Your Friend:

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’m not referring to the movies or kiddie book versions, I’m talking the real deal. The book is pretty scary and disturbing, especially if you are the kind of peron whose imagination runs wild sometimes. I enjoy more classic horror.

  • JGinCowtown:

    Seriously. Read the Rand Corp security analyses that are written for future threat assessments. They’re a great source for real-life horror that can easily be fantasized to straight horror genre metaphor

  • Imaka:

    Try The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. And also Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s a classic.

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