Scariest Books Ever Written
Books that raise gooseflesh and keep you up all night.
1 The Shining (The Shining #1)
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2 It
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 270,338 ratings
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3 'Salem's Lot
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 169,364 ratings
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4 Pet Sematary
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 190,739 ratings
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5 For Whom The Bell Tolls (Vl...
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6 It Lives in The Basement
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4.81 of 5 stars 4.81 avg rating — 123 ratings
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7 The Exorcist
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 79,493 ratings
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8 Dancing with a Dead Horse
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4.93 of 5 stars 4.93 avg rating — 67 ratings
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9 Carrie
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 227,109 ratings
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10 Sorrow's Point
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11 The Haunting of Hill House
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 33,981 ratings
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12 Ghost Story
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 36,616 ratings
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13 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,211,955 ratings
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14 The Pit and the Pendulum
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 30,451 ratings
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15 Heart-Shaped Box
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 44,887 ratings
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16 Dracula
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 416,444 ratings
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17 The Turn of the Screw
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 38,536 ratings
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18 'Salem's Lot
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19 American Psycho
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 117,640 ratings
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20 The Road
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 390,555 ratings
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21 Legion
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 5,156 ratings
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22 House of Leaves
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 55,067 ratings
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23 The Other
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 11,329 ratings
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24 Malice
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 202 ratings
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25 Hell House
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 14,250 ratings
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26 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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27 Night Shift
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 76,949 ratings
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28 The Stranger Beside Me: Ted...
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29 1984
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30 The Fall of the House of Usher
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31 Nightwatching
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22 ratings
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31 A Demon Lies Within
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31 The Wide Game (Harmony, Ind...
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34 Trapped
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35 The Bad Seed
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35 Cinema of Shadows (Harmony,...
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37 Spook House (Harmony, India...
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38 Swan Song
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 26,488 ratings
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38 Poseidon’s Children (The Le...
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40 Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)
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40 Skull Full of Kisses
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42 And Then There Were None
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43 The Omen
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44 Duma Key
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 53,874 ratings
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45 Next
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 42,876 ratings
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46 I'm Not Scared
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46 House of Sighs
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46 Pitch Green
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49 The Fallen Boys
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50 The Amityville Horror
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51 Rose Madder
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 52,973 ratings
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52 Victim Six
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 692 ratings
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52 The Ruins
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54 The Rats (Rats, #1)
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54 The Taking
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56 Dark Hollow
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56 Friday the 13th
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58 The Masque of the Red Death
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58 The House Next Door
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60 The Metamorphosis
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61 A Stir of Echoes
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62 A Clockwork Orange
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63 Der Sandmann / Das Fräulein...
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64 Macbeth
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65 The Play-Room
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65 Scream
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65 Manchester House
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65 The Evil Inside (Krewe of H...
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65 Sideshow (Tales of the Gala...
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65 Nothing
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 7,472 ratings
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65 The Traveling Vampire Show
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,100 ratings
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65 Off Season
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65 I Met A Demon
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65 Fearscape (Horrorscape, #1)
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65 Master and Apprentice (Ann ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 21 ratings
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65 Death Dreams Deluxe: The Co...
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65 The Bloody Ripper (Leopard ...
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65 Learning to Kiss in the Snow
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65 Under Lock and Key: The Exp...
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65 The Little Stranger
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81 Scared
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81 Murderer's Sky
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81 Horrorscape (Horrorscape, #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 565 ratings
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81 Bound By Blood: Volume 1 (B...
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81 The Dead of Winter
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81 The Last Motel
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81 Lick the Razor
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81 Tagged: The Apocalypse
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81 The Devil's Bed
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90 The Woman
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 666 ratings
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90 Afraid
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90 The Halloween Tree
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90 Heart of Ice (Emily Kenyon,...
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90 Terrorscape (Horrorscape, #3)
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90 The Secret Of Crickley Hall
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90 Demonic Visions: 50 Horror ...
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90 The Mother
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 58 ratings
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90 Beneath the Willow
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99 Closer Than Blood
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99 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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