Spine-tingling: The Scariest Books EVER!

@inkyuboz (1365)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
March 21, 2009 9:34pm CST
Have you ever read a book that scared you witless? Have you ever threw a book away as a reaction because it shocked you? I know I have. I have read a lot of horror novels all my life and I especially like those written by Clive Barker and Stephen King. I think they have the unprecedented edge among other horror writers because they have a talent in writing descriptive narratives. How about you? What books scared you enough to sleep with the lights on?
6 responses
@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
22 Mar 09
The book Gerald's Game was one I couldn't put down, but could not fall asleep after I read it. It scared the wits our of me. Pet Semetary also gave m the creeps, and more so than that one, IT was one of the best I read. I really like Stephen King novels. I have since I first picked one up. I haven't reas one by Clive Barker, yet, can you recommend a title?
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@inkyuboz (1365)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
22 Mar 09
I recommend Clive Barker's Books of Blood series. These are his short story collections...
@amitnaik (471)
• India
22 Mar 09
There is no book till now which scared me much. i never read too many of horror,that's why. i didn't know about "spine-tingling".i will surely read it now. thank you very much for sharing here..!!
@amitnaik (471)
• India
22 Mar 09
i m sorry .i meant something else.i meant that i will read such spine-tingling books.thanx for sharing!!
• United States
22 Mar 09
I am an avid, avid Stephen King fan - and gobbler of all things horror, it's my own genre, actually - but I have to say that very, very few of them have ever actually scared me. I think the only thing by King I've read that left me feeling on edge and creeped out was the short story '1408'. Just something about the description of one scene stuck with me and unnerved me. A few of his books have *bothered* me - Gerald's Game, for instance, left me feeling uncomfortable and dirty - but I think 1408 is the only one that actually scared me. Though there are a few novels I haven't read yet - Cell, Duma Key and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. And I'll confess to not being able to finish Dreamcatcher. Not because it scared me, simply because I really thought it wasn't that good a book. I couldn't take the main plot point seriously, at all.
@shhheila (1846)
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
1408? for me its not scary at all, especially the movie version... duh....
@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
22 Mar 09
I love Clive Barker. I think his Books of Blood have some great stories in them, also Weaveworld would be among my favourites. I also liked The Hellbound Heart, which I have had signed by him at a books signing some years back. I also like H. P. Lovecrafts' works I think he was one of the fathers of the modern horror genre and the Cthulhu Mythos are some of the best stories I have ever read. One book that did scare me back in my youth when I read it was The Amityville Horror, it was a very tense read and keep me up all night, that was before I found out the whole thing was a hoax and I felt a bit silly but it was a good read none the less.
@desireeo (595)
• Philippines
22 Mar 09
I have read "Thinner" by Stephen King and it was really, really scary. Also, "Omen", I just can't remeber who wrote it. I'm not really a sucker for horror books but I do pick them up once in a while or when someone lends me one. I think, Stephen King is really the "king" of horror novels. I'd love to read more from him but I should be more prepared this time since he is very masterful in giving his readers unsettled feelings afterwards. I should check out Clive Barker next time.
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I don't read to much horror as a general rule. I am more a fan of suspense, but those don't really freak me out too much. The only book that I have read that i actually hed to put down and take a break from reading because it freaked me out, was Jurassic Park. The scene that did it, was after the guy steals the samples and get attacked by the raptors. Yea, I know, I'm a bit wimpy.