What are the best scariest books of all time?

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    #1The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 


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    Tiffany Murray
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "I love the thrill of reading a book and being scared, not like watching a movie. In a book you are eager and scared at the same time to turn the page. The Shining had me on the edge of my seat. I would close the book a few times because it got me scared. I almost didn't want to finish it, but I couldn't stay away. It is so much different than watching a movie because you become a character in the book and you feel what they are feeling. It consumes you. It was definitely scary."
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    #2Four Past Midnight

    Four Past Midnight
    The last book of the stories based on midnight by Stephen King is an all time classic of the terror genre. A terrifying dog appears in every picture Kevin Delevan takes. Pop Merrill, the best trader in town will try to get profit of it, a very dangerous business. 


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    Juan Henderson
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "Four Past Midnight is an amazing collection of horror stories from the master Stephen King, but I don't think it's his best work in the terms of scariest. He has a few other books that are scarier, but this one is still high on the list."
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    #3Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.


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    Frank Beck
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I like the idea of an 3rd person perspective on this book but the subject isn't really scary. this book seem very generic and boring."
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    Billy Halleck is living the perfect life until he commits vehicular manslaughter of a jaywalking old woman. Thanks to his connections, he manages to get off that issue effortlessly, but the woman's father wants its revenge, and curses him to get thinner every day. Now Halleck is desperately trying to reverse this curse, and save his life. 


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    Kathy Herrera
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "I loved Stephen King books and am working my way through his whole collection. I really enjoyed this book; it's highly recommended!"
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    #5Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales

    Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales

    This book contains Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works, in the chronological order of their publication. Tales, poems and many other works of one of America's most popular writers are featured in this book. 


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    Gregory Ford
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "I can remember staying up late at night as a kid because I'd read an Edgar Allan Poe story and couldn't fall asleep afterwards. As an adult, most of those stories are even more unsettling."
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    #6Hell House

    Hell House
    Hell House by Richard Matheson narrates the incidents experienced by the four professionals who got hired to investigate the most haunted mansion called the "Belaco House".

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    Gregory Stone
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "This reads like Paranormal Activity fan-fiction, which I suppose could be a good or bad thing depending on your personal tastes. In my opinion it was just okay. Not good, but not really bad. I doubt I'd call it the scariest book of all time by far."
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    An abandoned town is found with hundreds of people dead. At first, people think it is made by a psychopath, or a result of a terrorist attack, or a contagious disease. Not until the truth behind the horrifying nightmare is uncovered.


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    Jack Sanders
    Written on February 19, 2018
    ""Phantoms" is not a bad read though I would hardly call it one of the scariest books of all time. It is certainly not on par with "The Exorcist" or "The Shining". Not a bad read but not great either."
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    #8Needful Things

    Needful Things

    Needful Things is a horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on Leland Gaunt who opens his new shop where anyone who visits his store experience strange things. 


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    Wang Luo
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of reading. This book is one of my favorites. This is a fictional story about a town where strange things occur. This is a thriller that will have you on the edge of your bed during everything chapter. This contains magic spells, folklore and good old fashioned characterization. "
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    #9Night 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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    Stephanie Kennedy
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I'm not a big fan of horror books. I would pass on this. "
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    Christine is written by Stephen King which recounts the story of a 1958 Plymouth Fury named "Christine" and the new owner Arnie Cunningham who got controlled by the haunting and horrible car with an awful history.


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    Richard Warren
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "Truly a classic. This is something you should definitely read if you're a fan of horror and suspense. It's a bit dated now and not quite up to modern trends but at it's core is a great book and at times terrifying!"
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    #11The Ruins

    The Ruins
    Two couples from America were enjoying relaxing holidays in Mexico, until they decide to look for a young German who got himself lost in the jungle with some friends they met there. 


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    Howard Kelley
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "The ruins is easily one of the best scary books of all time. Somehow it's both terrifying, and hard to put down. If you want to read something that's both scary and very well written I can't think of a better book to recommend. "
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    #12Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby
    Written by Ira Levin, this book tells the story of Rosemary Woodhouse, a housewife living in New York with her actor husband. Soon after Guy gets a role in Broadway, she gets pregnant, what gets the attention of an elderly couple that is not what they seem at first glance. 


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    Samantha Simpson
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "I don't know if I'd call this the scariest book of all time. It's certainly rich with a well-constructed atmosphere, and several parts of the book deliver a sense of suspense, dread, and even a sense of claustrophobic powerlessness on behalf of the reader and the lead character. It's worth a read if you're into a supernatural horror or classic pop literature for sure."
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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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    Shaurya Mehra
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "Carrie is a great and strong book about a girl with a gift, it is a classic King novel that tells a great story while also being a thriller"
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    #14'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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    Jason Payne
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "You are all alone for the weekend and need something to get distracted by. This will do the trick. Salems lot is a book that grabs you by the neck and keeps your attention as long as you are sitting down. It will have you hooked. Stephen King does what he knows best, and that is keep us wanting more! Its a delight the way this story unfolds throughout the chapters."
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    #15Pet 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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    Julie Hicks
    Written on February 19, 2018
    "I do believe that Pet Sematary is a good solution to this. Stephen king writes really scary stories, and I personally have read this book. This book would be good for someone who wants a scary story for something that they would want to read. It may not be the scariest of all time, but it is a very scary book."
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    #16The Turn of the Screw

    The Turn of the Screw
    The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil.

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    Summer Gao
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "Turn of the Screw is a great book. It is scary, but in a different way, I'd say making it miss the best of list because it's not "make me sleepless" kind of scary like many others are."


Best What are the best scariest books of all time
1The ShiningBooks 21 Paid
2Four Past MidnightBooks 19 Paid
3Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Books 18 Paid
4ThinnerBooks 17 Paid
5Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales Books 16 Paid
6Hell HouseBooks 14 Paid
7PhantomsBooks 14 Paid
8Needful ThingsBooks 11 Paid
9Night ShiftBooks 11 Paid
10ChristineBooks 9 Paid

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