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February 9, 2012

TOP TEN SCARIEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , , , , — Henry Greeff @ 5:48 am

Stephen King's The Shining

We’re not just about prize-winners and underappreciated books here at The Literary Man.  And since Halloween’s only a few days away, we present you with The Scary Book List. We specifically chose the term ‘scary’ and not ‘horror’, or ‘thriller’, or even ‘paranormal’ because like most good lists, ours is inclusive and written to point our readers in the right direction rather than the last word in this or any subject. Discerning readers will point out glaring omissions, of course.  Where are ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’, you ask? Safe and sound in their ancient, seminal places, where they belong. We like Shelley and Stoker as much as you do (possibly more), but we’re not sure if they still have the power to scare us.  The countless film adaptations and re-imaginings have rendered those classics impotent in our amygdalas. And after all, the primary task of a scary novel is to scare. So herewith, The Literary Man’s Top Ten Scariest Books of All Time:

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1 Comment »

  1. So happy to see Red Dragon on the list. It has been one of my favorites for a long time. I have even re-read it! Thomas Harris is great. Another book I remember very scary was Thomas Tryon’s Harvest Home. It just seemed real. Something you could actually imagine…But I cannot leave out Peter Benchley’s Jaws. But my heart for missing a beat goes to the King himself. Let’s turn all the lights on, Stephen, and read…

    Comment by janis — August 21, 2012 @ 10:31 pm


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