25 Scary Books That Will Keep You Up At Night

Despite living in the most high-tech phase of modern history there will always be idealistic and dedicated fans of one of the most classic forms of entertainment, Of course, we are referring to reading. So if you’re not into fancy films with super-expensive costumes and special effects, video games, TV shows, and any form of high-technology entertainment we selected 25 scary books that will keep you up at night this Halloween.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz


The scary stories of the title are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted by Schwartz, while the marvelous Stephen Gammell is responsible for the scary illustrated pictures within the pages. This is one of the best choices for any reader who wants some diversity on Halloween night.


Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill


First off, let’s make it clear that Joe Hill is not Stephen King and he will never be as great as his father but with this book he proved that he is capable of writing tales nearly as scary and good as those of his father. With this poltergeist caper about an aging rock star who collects macabre memorabilia Hill manages to offer us creepy images that will haunt our minds for a long, long time.


Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James


R. James is a master at developing the suspense in his tales of terror. In this book you will find many creepy, scary short stories that will definitely disturb your sleep for quite a while. The best advice we can give you is to read this collection with the lights on the whole time.


Under the Skin by Michel Faber


In this book, which recently became a movie with the gorgeous Scarlet Johansson, a beautiful woman that is not what she appears to be picks up big, muscular male hitchhikers. What she does with them . . . well, let’s just say it will turn you into a vegetarian for at least a month (if not the rest of your life) and we can definitely say that this would be Hannibal Lecter’s favorite book if he were more than just a fictional character.


The Right Hand of Evil by John Saul


John Saul did an excellent job with this psychological thriller. The reader can completely relate to the characters and the big quandary they find themselves in. Even though there’s a good chance you might find it hideous instead of scary at times, this book will manage to give you a fright and freak you out at the same time.

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