What are the best scariest novels ever written?

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    #1Pet 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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    Li Shi
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "What's not to love about King's novels? Many have seen the movie adaptations, but I suggest that everyone read the book as well. There are many details missed in the movie that adds to the original charm of this literature. I remember my mom getting this book from the library when I was little. We read it together, and I've been a fan ever since. I consider this tale to be classically scary."
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    #2House 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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    Philip Grant
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I have never felt so scared while reading a book in my life as I was while reading House of Leaves! I don't think I slept well for a week after reading it, and every completely explainable household noise made me jump like a wimp. Can't recommend this book enough!"
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    #3The 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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    Brian Bell
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "So many horror stories want to tell you it's all true, that everything you're reading or watching really happened to these poor terrorized people. This story, I'm not sure what to think. Some of the things are believable, others are less so. But they're all scary, sometimes downright horrific and gruesome. This book is famous for the movie, but on the page the events are even more difficult to get through. I guess it's the difference between seeing it, and letting your own imagination fill in the blanks. Don't read it at night like I did; I had to use sleeping pills for a month to get some rest."
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    #4'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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    Zachary Taylor
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A New England vampire tale. Brilliant story telling. Whenever i read this book i use to get scared a lot."
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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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    #6Swan Song

    Swan Song
    Swan Song is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Robert McCammon. The evil Man with the Scarlet Eye wants to destroy a girl named Swan, but the last survivors of the nuclear war are determined to protect her.

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    Carol Welch
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you want to read about the best scariest novels ever written than you should look into the Swan Song. It is written by Robert McCammon. The story is about a girl named Swan. The evil Man with Scarlet Eye want's to kill the girl. But, the last survivors of the nuclear was are determined to protect her."
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    #7The 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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    Reyansh Jindal
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "this is a very interesting classic book. It is quite scary too."
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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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    Kyle Wagner
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Carrie was decent and definitely a thriller. Among the scariest novels ever written? I can't put it there at all but it does have an engaging story."
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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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    Christopher Berry
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is one of those instances where the movie and the book are both equally amazing. Incredible atmosphere and creepiness in this story. One of the few times I've ever legitimately felt chills from reading. King did a great job with this."
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    Misery is a horror book written by Stephen King. It's the story of a famous novelist held hostage by his fan as he suffers a frightening case of writer's block which could end with him dead at the hands of his twisted fan.

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    Johnny Henry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Ohhh, the terror! Being trapped with a maniac and hobbled so you cannot escape. What a terrifying book. This is one of the best books ever! The suspense and gripping scenes keep you turning page after page."
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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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    Roger Morgan
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I love science fiction novels. I find them to be interesting. I loved the utopian world in the book 1984. THis really emphasized fantasy novels and books with a story that everyone could get into."
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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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    Evelyn Lawson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I wouldn't call this book overly scary. It might have had its moments, but it really had nothing that gripped me. I was hopeful for this book, but it was kind of disappointing."
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    Chyna Shepard is at a friend's family house when Edgler Vess, a murderous sociopath, enters the house to kill everyone inside. Chyna survives but she learns that Vess intends to kill an innocent girl which Chyna tries to save but she will also put herself in danger.


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    Maria Robinson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is an enjoyable scary novel. I think it's scary but not too scary. The sociopath villain is a very interesting character."
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    #14Off Season

    Off Season

    Off Season is a horror novel by Jack Ketchum which tells a tale of horror and cannibalism in modern-day Maine. It had originally been edited with the goriest parts left out but is now released in its full state. It was published in 2006 by Dorchester.


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    Austin Wilson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Oh goody! Cannibalism subjects are some of the most fascinating. If you're fully into disturbing yourself as much as possible, pick up this re-release that is unedited."
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    #15The 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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    Alan Jenkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I needed a very scary book, and I mean VERY scary. Oh yeah, I found the right one. This book is intense front to back, I never thought I would have found something so good. This is a heart thumping, stress inducing, clincher of a book. Pure horror, cover to cover."


Best What are the best scariest novels ever written
1Pet SemataryBooks 27 Paid
2House of LeavesBooks 25 Paid
3The Amityville HorrorBooks 22 Paid
4'Salem's LotBooks 20 Paid
5Lord of the FliesBooks 18 Paid
6Swan SongBooks 18 Paid
7The ShiningBooks 16 Paid
8CarrieBooks 15 Paid
9ItBooks 11 Paid
10MiseryBooks 11 Paid

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