Salem's Lot scared the bejeepers out of me and so did The Shining. Stephen King is one scary dude!
The Shining. I made the mistake of reading it one weekend when I was alone in a big old creaky house with a snowstorm blowing outside! Yikes a mighty.
Lexi you are so right! Stephen King definitely knows scary! I'll never look at dead pets & clowns the same. JoAnn, you are braver than me! Reading a scary book alone at night is probably bad enough, but add in a creaky old house & paranoia will definitely ensue!
You've all named some of my favorites! Stephen King has cornered the market on making me sleep with the lights on! Edgar Allen Poe still has the power to make me shiver. The Fall of the House of Usher is probably my favorite of his stories.A more recent scary favorite of mine is The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Definitely not a book to read alone at night. Karen Rose's books scare me too and my 76 year old mother reads them at home alone in a big old house! And some of Christy Reese's and Gayle Wilson's villains scare the holy EEEEEK out of me!
One of the scariest stories I've come across was the YA book, Witches of Worm by Zelpha Keatley Snyder. After listening to the audio version/record as a child and been freaked out by the voice of the cat...reading the book as an adult it still freaked me out! I have King's The Shining waiting to be read...as soon as I finish 'The Mamoth book of True Hauntings' edited by Peter Haining. I've been craving ghost stories lately. I don't know what that says about me. Probably that I love ghost stories. As long as all the real ghosts stay the heck away! Particularly the nasty ones!!! Wooooooooooooo!
I'm totally with you on IT being #1 scary book. In more recent days, Alex Bledsoe's Blood Groove gave me the creeping willies too. Those are NOT cuddly vampires!
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