The Scariest Books We've Ever Read

Halloween is approaching; it's time for carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, and of course, curling up with a good scary book. For your Halloween reading, here is a list of some of the scariest books and stories that we have ever read. Readers beware; these ones might give you nightmares.

The Shining

The Shining -Stephen King

"To this day “The Shining” is the only book I’ve ever had to hide from myself. It gives me the shivers just to think about it."

~Lucia, Library Clerk

 

The Tell-tale Heart

The Tell-tale Heart -Edgar Allan Poe

"In the seventh grade I had an English teacher who invited her husband, a high school drama teacher, to read to our class. As he read Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-tale Heart" you could've heard a pin drop. It was riveting and obviously memorable."

~Karen, Library Assistant

 

 The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs -Thomas Harris

"Read the original story; it's too dark for cinema."

~Chris, Library Page

Thinner

Thinner -Stephen King

"Short and to the point, this creepy tale of revenge depicts an overweight lawyer cursed by gypsies to rapidly grow thinner, and ultimately conveys the idea that bad things will happen to bad people."

~Lisa, Librarian

Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood -Kendare Blake

"What makes this book scary is the fact that the ghosts are corporeal and kill people. They don't just say boo and induce a heart attack, they actually have the ability to savagely rip a person into bloody shreds."

~Stephanie, Library Clerk

 

The Dollhouse Murders

The Dollhouse Murders -Betty Ren Wright

"The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright was definitely right up my alley because I loved dollhouses and the idea of dolls moving on their own made me deeply uncomfortable as a child. The main character is a brave and resourceful girl who solves a murder mystery that adults cannot. The story gets bonus points for using the local library as a source for sleuthing!"

~Klara, Librarian

Just after Sunset

Just after Sunset -Stephen King

"Stephen King's short story "N." found in his Just After Sunset short story collection recollects the accounts of a psychiatrist treating a patient for delusional behavior but discovers that there is more to reality than we want to believe. WARNING: Readers may experience obsessive compulsive delusions after reading."
~Chris, Library Page

 

The Dark Descent

The Dark Descent -Various Authors

"This collection of short stories contains the two scariest stories I have ever read; The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Although its been years since I've read them, I can still vividly recall the sense of unease they evoke. Just thinking about either of them makes me shudder."

~Robyn, Library Clerk

 

Read!