48 Books That Scared the Bejesus Out of Readers

Posted by Cybil on October 5, 2020


A good scare can be good fun, especially when you’re curled up with an extremely creepy horror novel and you’re just daring yourself to turn that next page! 

We wanted to take it a step further. So we asked our fellow readers, “What’s the most terrifying horror novel you’ve ever read?” You responded (see the threads on Twitter and Facebook) with some blood-chilling reading, including some true crime that you say was more frightening than fiction.

Check out some of the best in horror below, and be sure to tell us, What’s the scariest horror novel you’ve ever read?? 

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What’s the scariest horror novel you’ve ever read? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

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message 1: by Skye (new)

Skye OMIGODDDDDDDDDDDd


message 3: by Dasha (new)

Dasha Bond If you're planning to read any of these, I totally recommend The Shining. It was waaaay better than It by the same author (Stephen King).


message 4: by Hans (new)

Hans Berg Does that means the Name of Jesus has to be abused again?


message 5: by Hans (new)

Hans Berg Skye wrote: "OMIGODDDDDDDDDDDd"

If you don't believe in God don't abuse His Name. thanks


message 6: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Hans wrote: "Skye wrote: "OMIGODDDDDDDDDDDd"

If you don't believe in God don't abuse His Name. thanks"


Same goes for "bejesus". Not ok.


message 7: by Angelo (new)

Angelo Maglie thanks goodreads, now i have to spend more money becouse these books seem great


message 8: by T.K. (new)

T.K. Arispe Hey, I'll be frank. Can you please not use Jesus's name in vain? I'm Christian and I was very disappointed to see such disrespect on the front page of a professional website that I trusted to be classier than that.

Also, I know it's October and all, but I feel like making the entire front page and top banner of the website horror-themed is a bit much. I absolutely despise the horror genre and do not want to be reminded of it every time I visit this website. It is an anxiety and PTSD trigger for me, and I would much rather have a relaxing and pleasant experience using this website.


message 9: by gordon coates (new)

gordon coates Julie
Fdf


message 10: by Britt (new)

Britt Hans wrote: "Skye wrote: "OMIGODDDDDDDDDDDd"

If you don't believe in God don't abuse His Name. thanks"


hahahaha. dude. give it a rest. people can say whatever the HELL they want.


message 11: by Carol (new)

Carol Palmer So happy to see Yrsa Sigardursdottir's "I Remember You". I LOVED it.


message 12: by Britt (last edited Oct 05, 2020 10:46AM) (new)

Britt T.K. wrote: "Hey, I'll be frank. Can you please not use Jesus's name in vain? I'm Christian and I was very disappointed to see such disrespect on the front page of a professional website that I trusted to be cl..."

Horror is a genre just like any other. This website is for ALL types of books. If you don't like it and seeing halloween cartoons gives you PTSD then find another kid-friendly site, though you'll probably see halloween cartoons on them too.


message 13: by Britt (last edited Oct 05, 2020 10:49AM) (new)

Britt Oh my god, jesus christ these comments are funny! I forgot some christians think they own words 😅


message 14: by Berna (new)

Berna Labourdette It's a good list, although there are classic books that aren't really scary (like Dracula and Frankenstein). I'm glad they included Bazterrica, I missed Mariana Enríquez.
I would include:

Hell House
The Glamour
La piel fría
The Tooth Fairy
Una casa vacía


message 15: by Johan (new)

Johan Cold Skin
by Albert Sánchez Piñol


message 16: by Liberty (new)

Liberty House of Leaves...*shudders* I still think about that book.

I placed a hold on I’m Thinking of Ending Things through my library after watching the movie. A bit backwards but I can’t wait to read that one this spooky season.


message 17: by Arup (new)

Arup Guha Jeezy Creezy! the comments section gives one the heebyjeebies. I can see the kernel of a future bloodfeud! wowow


message 18: by Lokesh (new)

Lokesh Khatri Whoever is that Britt im in love reading its comments..


ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook Oh my gawd this is an awesome list!


message 20: by Gabbi (new)

Gabbi for christ's sake, no Lovecraft?


message 21: by Mary (new)

Mary The Shining is the scariest book I’ve read by Stephen King, but the scariest book I’ve ever read, period, is The Trickster by Murial Gray.


message 22: by Treeza (new)

Treeza Tracey wrote: "Hans wrote: "Skye wrote: "OMIGODDDDDDDDDDDd"

If you don't believe in God don't abuse His Name. thanks"

Same goes for "bejesus". Not ok."


Scroll by, not all of us are religious!!!!!!


message 23: by Treeza (last edited Oct 05, 2020 11:14AM) (new)

Treeza T.K. wrote: "Hey, I'll be frank. Can you please not use Jesus's name in vain? I'm Christian and I was very disappointed to see such disrespect on the front page of a professional website that I trusted to be cl..."

Oh just stop it fgs!!!!! This should be about books , keep religion out of it, thanks. All genres are covered here, not just what you can cope with!!!


message 24: by Lori S. (new)

Lori S. An OK list. Wish it wasn't all about horror though.

Where's the real Halloween stuff though? Halloween isn't about horror, it's about frights and scares, ghosts, liminal spaces, and life and death.


message 25: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester 2020 has proven that The Stand should be on this list.


message 26: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Bejesus Christ ! this is a good list !


message 27: by Ross (new)

Ross Bottomley T.K. wrote: "Hey, I'll be frank. Can you please not use Jesus's name in vain? I'm Christian and I was very disappointed to see such disrespect on the front page of a professional website that I trusted to be cl..."

So don't use Goodreads in October. Problem solved


message 28: by Randy (new)

Randy Money Gabbi wrote: "for christ's sake, no Lovecraft?"

The Fisherman is very much influenced by HPL.

Not exactly scary -- to me, at least -- but very much Halloween spirited:
The Halloween Tree
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The October Country


message 29: by Teddy (new)

Teddy Angelova I see The Exorcist is here.. that books gives me the creeps. Do not read it at night! Gerald's Game by Stephen King is also horrifying.


message 30: by Cillian (last edited Oct 05, 2020 12:42PM) (new)

Cillian T.K. wrote: "Hey, I'll be frank. Can you please not use Jesus's name in vain? I'm Christian and I was very disappointed to see such disrespect on the front page of a professional website that I trusted to be cl..."

I'll be frank: this site is not about you; the world is not about you or your religion or beliefs or anxiety. Join a Christian website where no one uses names in vain or create your own book website tailored for you and...your people?
Don't come here expecting everyone to fall in line and humor you, don't be so entitled and conceited. You're making Christians look bad. People here are chatting and having fun, don't try to ruin it for others just because your interpretation of Christianism impedes you from enjoying a friendly conversation with booklovers. This is a "professional site" for BOOKS, not religion, if you joined a site you clearly didn't understand then that's on you.

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My bejesus books are:
The Woman in Black
The Little Stranger
The Bargaining
The Devouring
The Wendigo (short story)
No One Gets Out Alive
The Ritual


message 31: by Koori no hi (new)

Koori no hi I don't read much horror because honestly, there's other genres that I get much more scared and creeped out by, but I've read a surprising amount of books on this list.

If you're looking for a truly scary book that isn't actually horror genre Feed by M. T. Anderson!


message 32: by Nai (new)

Nai | Libros con(té) I highly recommend:
A Head Full of Ghosts
Into the Drowning Deep
Tender Is the Flesh

such great, spooky and gory books!


message 33: by Vicky (new)

Vicky Kate wrote: "The Cheerleaders

Two Can Keep a Secret"


And now the song secrets is in my head... "Two can keep a secret if the other one is dead" :)


message 34: by NetGalley (new)

NetGalley Addict Holy God and Jesus I love these scary books. Bird Box...Lord Baby Jesus in Heaven save us all from the Heathens and thank you for giving Donald Trump the Covid-19!


message 36: by Beatrice Longbottom (last edited Oct 05, 2020 12:08PM) (new)

Beatrice Longbottom Ooh! This list had some books I hadn't heard of before, like Dark Matter. I've got a horror-heavy TBR list for this month. I'm going to start The Silent Companions and Kill Creek soon


message 37: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Wow - there are some deeply ugly people on Goodreads. Why is it so difficult to show even a basic level of respect for others?


message 38: by Blogferatu (last edited Oct 05, 2020 01:14PM) (new)

Blogferatu Gabbi wrote: "for christ's sake, no Lovecraft?"

Right? jeebus...


message 39: by Cillian (new)

Cillian JT wrote: "Gabbi wrote: "for christ's sake, no Lovecraft?"

Right? Jeebus..."


How about a Lovecraft and Derleth collaboration?
Lurker at the Threshold

That one scared the shit out of me when I first read it.


message 40: by Kat (new)

Kat Thank you for the list. Thank you to the comments/fellow readers for more to add to the the list. And thank you to the complainers. I needed to work my eyeroll muscles a little more today. Happy Horror, kiddies!


message 41: by Rachelle (last edited Oct 05, 2020 12:54PM) (new)

Rachelle Renee Kirby Um this seems like a list of just popular horror novels, not "the scariest". It's like some of these people picked the only horror horror novel they ever read. There is no way that any one thinks Something Wicked this Way Comes is Scary, maybe a kid. It is atmospheric and creepy not scary. 😂


message 42: by Daydreamer (new)

Daydreamer Britt wrote: "T.K. wrote: "Hey, I'll be frank. Can you please not use Jesus's name in vain? I'm Christian and I was very disappointed to see such disrespect on the front page of a professional website that I tru..." can we be friends Britt? I like you


message 43: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne By far the scariest books I've read are The Exorcist and The Ruins.


message 44: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Renee Kirby JT wrote: "Gabbi wrote: "for christ's sake, no Lovecraft?"

Right? Jeebus..."


I don't think Lovecraft is scary, creepy and unnerving, not scary. I read At the Mountains of Maddness...Boring.


message 45: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Renee Kirby NetGalley wrote: "Holy God and Jesus I love these scary books. Bird Box...Lord Baby Jesus in Heaven save us all from the Heathens and thank you for giving Donald Trump the Covid-19!"

Yikes


message 46: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Renee Kirby Kat wrote: "Thank you for the list. Thank you to the comments/fellow readers for more to add to the the list. And thank you to the complainers. I needed to work my eyeroll muscles a little more today. Happy Ho..."

Happy Reading! 🎃🎃


message 47: by Blogferatu (new)

Blogferatu Rachelle wrote: "JT wrote: "Gabbi wrote: "for christ's sake, no Lovecraft?"

Right? Jeebus..."

I don't think Lovecraft is scary, creepy and unnerving, not scary. I read At the Mountains of Maddness...Boring."


To you...which is, yknow, fine.


message 48: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Renee Kirby Nai wrote: "I highly recommend:
A Head Full of Ghosts
Into the Drowning Deep
Tender Is the Flesh

such great, spooky and gory books!"


Yes! Into the Drowning Deep was really good! I didn't expect it to be Horror, but definitely horror aspects there! I can't wait to read Tender is the Flesh!


message 49: by Theresa (new)

Theresa Liberty wrote: "House of Leaves...*shudders* I still think about that book.

I placed a hold on I’m Thinking of Ending Things through my library after watching the movie. A bit backwards but I can’t wait to read ..."


The movie sucked. I read the book in one day, then watched the movie.... it did not follow the book. THE BOOK IS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER!


message 50: by Cillian (new)

Cillian Rachelle wrote: "I don't think Lovecraft is scary, creepy and unnerving, not scary. I read At the Mountains of Maddness...Boring."

He surely gets predictable the more you read him, I'll give you that. I thought At the Mountains of Madness was scary, maybe the setting did it for me as frozen in-the-middle-of-nowhere landscapes are the perfect, most terrifying place for a horror story, IMO.

Now you got me curious about Into the Drowning Deep. I think I even have a copy of it.


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