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Fright Night Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by my post on the Fright Night Blog Hop! Stick around for the giveaway, and read on to see how to enter.

I’ll read pretty much anything. It’s been a while, though, since I read a good horror epic. Recently I did finish “A Good Marriage” by Stephen King, but it’s more a novella than one of his brick-thick books, like IT. By the way, I couldn’t get through that one, and the Tim Curry miniseries makes me uneasy to this day.

Nontheless, I’m willing to set aside the heebie-jeebie to talk about the books that scare the crud out of me. Speaking of King, I’d have to cast my vote for The Shining as the scariest I’ve read. Many of his stories focus on gradual, psychological meltdowns of characters, and you don’t see it better than in this book. I understand King wasn’t thrilled by the original film version, and the book is different. It’s worth a read if you can stand it.

The book that really gave me nightmares, though, is James Ellroy’s Blood on the Moon. It’s about a serial killer and it’s gorier and gritter than anything else I’ve read by him, and if you know Ellroy’s work that’s saying a lot. It’s not for the weak of heart.

What’s the scariest book you’ve read? Comment below and I’ll draw a winner for a $10 GC to Amazon, ARe, or B&N. If you like non-scary books, visit my website for what I have to read.



  1. The scariest book I’ve ever read is Stephen King’s IT.

  2. The scariest book I ever read has to be one of Anne Rice’s.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. The scariest book I’ve ever read is The shining by Stephen King . puscasmircea1998@yahoo.com

  4. In general, I don’t find the written word scary. The Tell Tale Heart by Poe was scary when my dad read it to me when I was 4 or 5.

  5. Pretty much everything written by Stephen King.

  6. The scariest book I ever read was a true crime book, Every Breath You Take by Ann Rule. It’s scary because it’s real.

  7. Danie and I were along the same lines. I read Ann Rule, too, and Every Breath You Take is scary.

  8. The scariest book I ever read is The Shining by Stephen King.

  9. I agree definitely Stephen King’s books, rank as the most scariest I have read.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. I love Zombie genre, I’m reading a couple of books from indie authors, and they are really scary!

  11. haven’t really read any

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  12. I don’t read much in the way of scary, because in High School 30 plus years ago, I read SALEM’S LOT by Stephen King and refused to open my windows for a year. SO I guess that one! steph AT fangswandsandfairydust DOT com

  13. I actually find dystopians way more scary than horror, there is one called The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist that is soooo good but really frightening.

  14. Scariest book? Jack Ketchum’s ‘The Girl Next Door’. That one is gutwrenching.

  15. I don’t read a lot of scary stuff, but I remember that The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle made me leave my light on at night.

  16. I don’t really like scary books — especially not horror — Green Valley gave me nightmares.

  17. The scariest book I’ve read is The Stand by Stephen King.

  18. The scariest book I’ve read is The Shiining by Stephen King.
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  19. BROWN-EYED DEVIL by Evan Gilbert (YA, but terrifying!)

    Trix, vitajex(At)aol(Dot)com

  20. I don’t read scary or horror books. I do however watch scary movies and I have to say that the scariest movie I ever saw was The shining.
    Thanks for being part of this fun hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. The Shining by Stephen King.

  22. The Shining is probably the scariest book I have ever read.

  23. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. I can’t read scary books. If it gets scary, I put it down right away!

  25. The scariest book I’ve ever read was The Hot Zone by Richard Preston.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  26. I think one of the scariest books I have ever read is 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. It is a YA novel that played on one of my biggest fears – what sort of creepy things lurk out in space.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    morwesong AT yahoo DOT com

  27. The Shining by Stephen King was my scariest read. Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Halloween!

  28. The scariest book I’ve ever read was Misery by Stephen King. My e mail: LostLenore (at) aol (dot) com

  29. I’m not into really scary. Probably the scariest thing I’ve read as an adult is Karen Moning’s Fever series.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  30. haven’t read many scary books, maybe stephen kings pet cemetary – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  31. I have to say that the The Shadows trilogy by Kate Hooper scars me everytime I reread them.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  32. Scariest book I’ve ever read is Stephen King the shining.

  33. Scariest book I ever read was Stephens Kings IT

  34. Anything by Stephen King.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Halloween!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  35. It by Stephen King.

    Happy Halloween and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  36. I am not really into scary books, although I have tried to read Stephen King and actually found Shining more heartbreaking than anything and I have read a few Anna Rice’s books, when I was younger Grimms Fairy Tales gave me quite a lot of shivers and nightmares! thank you for a chance to win a ebook gift card

  37. The scariest books/tales I have ever read are any of Edgar Allen Poe’s works. Happy Halloween!

  38. There are several, but I’ll say Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. It was one of the first scary books I read as a teen, and it no doubt stuck with me.


  39. The scariest book I ever read was “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Beukes. Thanks, allyswanson@hotmail.com.

  40. The scariest book I ever read was Bag of Bones by Stephen King.

    videoclimber AT yahoo (Dot) com

  41. I don’t really read many scary stories, but The Cask of Amontillado by Poe and Kafka’s Metamorphosis both creeped me out. (you can email me through my blogger profile)

  42. I’m going have to say ‘Misery’ by Stephen King, it really freaked me out.


  43. Anne Rice books rock! Happy Halloween. thanks for the giveaway! my email is in my blogger profile.

  44. Anything by Stephen King. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S
    the.girl.and.the.book at gmail dot com

  45. The scariest book I read was Amityville Horror, that one is just so scary!

  46. I don’t read many scary books. The scariest book I’ve read was NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Creeps me out just thinking about it.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Halloween!

    sonniperry [at] gmail [dot] com

  47. Book Attict wins, thanks for commenting everybody!

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