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Old 09-27-2010, 01:23 PM   #16
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The books that have scared me tend to be reality-based rather than supernatural. Girl Next Door and Off Season by Jack Ketchum, Pressure by Jeff Strand, Desert Places by Blake Crouch.

My fave all time is Master of Lies by Graham Masterton. It is supernatural, but it sure is a rough one.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:13 PM   #17
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My favorite King book (though I haven't read them all) is Pet Sematary.
Same with me. And even though I read it several times over the years, each time I reread it it still scares me.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:50 PM   #18
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I would say Stephen King's The Shining is easily the scariest book I ever read.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:00 AM   #19
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It's probably just a case of the right book at the right time/age, but Robert Heinlein's "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" is the one that really got to me.

I haven't re-read it recently, but I fear it may not have aged too well.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:10 AM   #20
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #21
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James Dickey's Deliverance. The film scared me, too.
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Anything by Shirley Jackson - but esp. The Lottery and The Haunting of Hill House.
The Haunting of Hill House is right up there for me, as is a lot of Lovecraft's better works. The Amityville Horror was another case of the right story at the right time. I was alone in the house, reading late at night. I was in the middle of the creepy scene with all the flies, and the wind rattled my bedroom window. Scared the heck out of me.
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The Shining. I recently went on a Stephen King kick and read most of his classics. It, Pet Sematary, Salem's Lot.. they were good, but didn't scare me. The Shining though....
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:06 PM   #24
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1408 from the Everything's Eventual collection (King) and...

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is the most horrifying thing I have ever read or seen. It's not e-available, it has unique typography/colors (some small sections you need to hold up to a mirror to read), but I recommend it to anyone looking to spend Halloween with the lights on...I can't even begin to describe how terrified I was reading this book.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:05 PM   #25
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Sparrow Rock by Nate Kenyon. its hands down the scariest book i've ever read. its a post-apocalyptic scenario that adds a lot of new twists to the genre.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:59 AM   #26
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"The Dreams in the Witch House".
My absolute favorite Lovecraft story!
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:27 PM   #27
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1408 from the Everything's Eventual collection (King) and...

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is the most horrifying thing I have ever read or seen. It's not e-available, it has unique typography/colors (some small sections you need to hold up to a mirror to read), but I recommend it to anyone looking to spend Halloween with the lights on...I can't even begin to describe how terrified I was reading this book.
I have had this book for a very long time but I don't know if I will ever be able to read it.
Did you read the footnotes too? The book is very daunting to me, I would love to read it though.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #28
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I have had this book for a very long time but I don't know if I will ever be able to read it.
Did you read the footnotes too? The book is very daunting to me, I would love to read it though.
You can skim a lot of the footnotes; since the book mimes an academic work in some sections they're often entirely technical and have no relevance to the plot(s). Other times they are a sort of diary of a madman, so they are intentionally obscure. I read them all the first time through and on subsequent reads skim what I know to be superfluous.

It's not as dense as it looks -- some of it is just gimmicks honestly -- but I can't recommend it enough. I hope you give a try soon
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:35 PM   #29
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Jerome Bixby's "It's a Good Life"
Jack Finney's THE BODY SNATCHERS
Kealan Patrick Burke's "Empathy"
Fritz Leiber's "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"
Algis Budrys's "Master of the Hounds"
Ray Bradbury's "The October Game," and "The Town Where No One Got Off"
Richard Matheson's "Prey"
Harlan Ellison's "Lonelyache"
Charles L. Grant's TALES FROM THE NIGHTSIDE
Dennis Etchison's TALKING IN THE DARK
Ramsey Campbell's ALONE WITH THE HORRORS
Joe Haldeman's "Graves"
John Varley's "Press Enter"

And I'll second pretty much everything on the list in ATDrake's post. Of the titles I listed here, the Bradburys and the Budrys aren't supernatural chillers, but they really deliver. Trust me on that.

And Happy Halloween.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:57 PM   #30
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I just saw that earlier tonight on BBC radio 4 an adaptation of The House of Leaves was aired. It might be available online though maybe only for UK residents.
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