13 of the most terrifying books published

Hey there, word lovers!

Since Hallowe’en is fast approaching, I thought this might be of interest to you. I found this list that was compiled by a library. They call it 13 Most Terrifying Books of All Time.

  1. Pet Sematary – by Stephen King
  2. The Island of Dr. Moreau – by H.G. Wells
  3. The Cask of Amontillado – by Edgar Allen Poe
  4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. The Turn of the Screw – by Henry James
  6. Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley
  7. The Exorcist – by William Peter Blatty
  8. Something Wicked This Way Comes – by Ray Bradbury
  9. Silence of the Lambs – by Thomas Harris
  10. Hell House – by Richard Matheson
  11. Rosemary’s Baby – by Ira Levin
  12. Dracula – by Bram Stoker
  13. House of Leaves – by Mark Z. Danielewski

I will not read: #1 – Pet Sematary; #7 – The Exorcist (saw the movie years ago and that was enough!); #11 – Rosemary’s Baby.

I have read: #2 – Island of Dr. Moreau; #5 – The Turn of the Screw; #12 – Dracula (only in the daytime) – and they weren’t all that scary to me then. Well, except Dracula – which I enjoyed – although it kind of spooked me.

I plan to read: #6 – Frankenstein; #4 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Since I sometimes can be easily spooked, being a very visual reader (and I don’t like being haunted by the visuals), the others I’m not sure about: #3 – The Cask of Amontillado; #8 – Something Wicked This Way Comes; #9 – Silence of the Lambs; #10 – Hell House; #13 – House of Leaves.

What do you advise? Which ones have you read, and what did you think of them? Which ones would you suggest I avoid?

Stay safe and well. Thanks for reading … and Happy Musings!

6 responses to “13 of the most terrifying books published

  1. I haven’t read any of these books, but have seen some of the movies. I’m really not into horror– movies or books. I usually sit with my hands over my eyes during the scary parts. You are brave, Lynn.


    • Maybe not as brave as curious, Laura. Some things haunt me, so I pick and choose what to watch or read. I don’t watch many scary movies, especially terrorizing or gory ones.
      Thanks for your input!


  2. Faith Fenton-Smith

    Silence of the Lambs is also a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Didn’t see it, and not likely will. Also not into horror stuff.


    • Yes, I saw part of that movie before I realized what it was. I don’t know if I could watch the whole thing. I’m not really into horror stuff either. Thanks for commenting; it’s been a long time.


  3. I have read the Turn of the Screw by Henry James and it really scared me. I’m really not into scary stories. They tend to keep me up all night.


    • That book was creepy, but I got through it because it is a classic and I wanted to see what it was all about. I have to be careful what I read … same reason as you, they spook me.
      Thanks, Darlene.


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