What are the best scariest books ever written?

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    #1'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot is a book written by Stephen King which is about the story of Jerusalem’s Lot, a small town in Maine whose inhabitants succumb to the evil allure of a new resident. It was published by Anchor in 2008.


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    Teresa Bennett
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Society has really changed the way we look at vampires and I didn't think this was going to be scary. Most of the time, someone is falling in love with one, or being a hero. Stephan King did a great job with this book. I was scared most of the time I was reading it. I couldn't even read it before going to bed, it had me scared about what was outside the window. Best scariest book that has been written to date and if you love the modern vampires of today, this book is probably not for you."
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Brian Larson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "1984 is a scary book because it feels so real. You can get a sense that the author, George Orwell, was really worried that the world would become similar to the story described in the book. I have read the English version, and the French version is pretty good as well. I don't think the story lost any meaning in the translation."
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    Carrie is a horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of Carrie White, a girl that's constantly bullied by her schoolmates. When she finally has a chance to be normal, an unforeseen cruel act will end in horrible disaster.


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    Hannah Curtis
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Honestly Carrie truly is a very scary novel. There's something about the mix of religion and the average girl who gets revenge on her bullies that does it. Sends a chill up my spine every time I read it."
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    #4Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary is a horror novel by Stephen King, which centers on the Creed family, who moves into a house in the Maine countryside and soon they find out that the woods near the house are much darker than they seem.


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    Phillip Davidson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is the first Stephen King novel that I ever read. It scared the heck of me. I was in my early teens at the time. I went back and read it a few years ago (in my late thirties) and it still scared the heck out of me."
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    #5Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Linda Miller
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I don't care too much for scary stories but if I had to choose, I would read this book. The story isn't like others in that it has a great opening to it, the plane crash. And being stranded on an island is something that could really happen to you. So this book draws you in."
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    #6The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is a horror fiction novel published in 1977. This book is about a family who recently moved into a new house with a murderous past and a series of haunting events started to happen to them.


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    #7Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is a mystery-thriller book written by Peter Straub which centers on four old men who gather together to tell each other frightening stories, however, one of the stories wherein they did something in the past is haunting them. 


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    Harry Spencer
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Ghost Story bings together four gentleman and thats when the fun, or rather, the scares, begin. It brings together the past and the present in this beautifullly written thriller. Tension builds througout as we learn more about the characters and the small town they live in. Keep the lights on when you read this!"
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    #8House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    House of Leaves is a book by Mark Danielewski that tells the story of Johnny Truant. He is an assistant of a tattoo artist who found a notebook of a dead man. What it contains are recorded videotaped that contain interviews. 


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    Kenneth Evans
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is actually terrifying. It's a slow burn, one that frays you at the edges and chips away at your defenses. I wasn't scared in the traditional sense, but I became afraid of the dark. I stayed away from open rooms and didn't go through mysterious doors. This book isn't just something you read, it's a transformation you undergo."
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    #9American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.


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    Danielle Guerrero
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I'm looking for some of the scariest books ever written to give my friend for his birthday. He loves scary books, and I really don't, so I didn't know what was good. American Psycho definitely seems to be a well loved scary book, and it definitely looks really scary. I am going to seriously consider purchasing this one."
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    #10Night Shift

    Night Shift

    Night Shift is a book collection of frightening stories written by Stephen King which serves as a delectable introduction to King's mythologies. This is said to be the first short stories King has written in his early years. 


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    Louis Valdez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "One of my favorite Stephen king books.. There are about 20 short stories, and almost all of them could stand out as a novel. Many movies and expended books came from this including, the Stand, lawnmower man, Children of the corn and salem's lot. This is one that i alway keep in my car so that i can kill 15-20 minutes by reading a story of my choice."
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    It is a thriller book written by Stephen King which tells the story of seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers.


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    Stephanie Matthews
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a great example of horror genre books. Especially since recently there has been a movie release based on the book, a lot of people will be interested in reading the original version! I read this as a kid and it was definitely very memorably terrifying."
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    Legion tells the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, he must suddenly confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees are the result of him being a mutant.

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    Victoria Brooks
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book reminds me of X-men with a twist. David Haller is amazing in the book. A young boy who suffers from having a disorder later realizes he is gifted. "
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    #13The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.

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    Kenneth Simmons
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It gives a good explanation of the book is about without revealing too much. Enough to capture my interest."
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    #14Sorrow's Point

    Sorrow's Point

    Sorrow's Point tells the story of an ex-priest who helps out an old friend and expects the unexpected series of horrific events. This book is written by Danielle DeVor, and it is the first in The Marker Chronicles Series.


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    Angela Moore
    Written on May 6, 2018


Best What are the best scariest books ever written
1'Salem's LotBooks 29 Paid
21984Books 26 Paid
3CarrieBooks 24 Paid
4Pet SemataryBooks 24 Paid
5Lord of the FliesBooks 22 Paid
6The Amityville HorrorBooks 20 Paid
7Ghost StoryBooks 20 Paid
8House of LeavesBooks 19 Paid
9American PsychoBooks 16 Paid
10Night ShiftBooks 15 Paid

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