Community Post: Books to Read with the Lights On!

As soon as the calendar turned to October, we got into full on spooky mood. Over on Twitter and Instagram, we had a number of spooky prompts to get us in the mood for some Halloween horror, and on the blog we’ve run feature after feature with a focus on scaring the bejesus out of everyone. Today, all that concludes with our latest community post, where we have scoured the globe (okay, we actually only asked the Savvy Reader community for their opinions… but still!) to find the absolute scariest books of all-time. Without further ado, here are the books YOU chose!

Prompt: Tell us, Savvy Readers, what is the scariest book you’ve ever read?

Sandra: Any Stephen King book!

Instagram User: It

Dana: The scariest book I read was a true story: Say You Love Satan.

Freda: I’ve read so many but J.A. Konrath keeps me up at night, and so does Chevy Stevens…

Instagram User: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Jenn: Stephen King. The Long Walk and The Shining.

Kathy: Stephen King’s Tommyknockers. I couldn’t finish it, it scared me so much.

Pirkko: Stephen King’s The Shining. (Or Cujo. Or Children of the Corn. I can’t decide.)

Maureen: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.

Instagram User: House of Leaves.

Nic: Pet Sematary

Darlene: 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Listen to the audiobook read by the author if you can. It’s chilling! And this edition contains previously unreleased content. A close second is The Shining by Stephen King.

Instagram User: Fear Street books!

Lorraine: Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward. First thriller I had read in a long time. So, edge of my seat, good.

Charlie: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston.

Instagram User: Any Stephen King novel…

Audrey: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.

Kate: Pet Sematary and The Stand by Stephen King, The Troop by Nick Cutter, and The Damned by Andrew Pyper.

Kjerstin: Stephen King.

Wendy: The Stranger.

Nik: The Silence of the Lambs.

Instagram User: For the level I can handle, Melinda Leigh’s [books] got a little scary and creepy for me.

Kate: No Exit

So, what can we take away from this exercise? Stephen King is responsible for a lot of our nightmares. I mean, I’m (apparently, according to staff writer Alice) a horror encyclopedia, and clowns still terrify me to this day because of Pennywise…

Is the scariest book you’ve ever read not on this list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy Spooky Reading,


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