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The 30 Scariest Books Ever Written

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not you? Well, we all like to think we’ve grown out of stories that caused us to beg our folks to keep the landing light on, but, in truth, we haven’t.

Literature is awash with scary books; and by that we don’t mean solely stories devoted to the evisceration of helpless maidens or the gouging of innards for the sadistic pleasure of unhinged sociopaths – although they do make things go bump in the night.

No, there’s spine-tingling psychological thrillers; novels that depict some future dystopia or books that pull no punches in describing how things really are as miserable as the most cynical old sod would have you believe.

So, without further ado, and with a little fanfare, we present to you the 30 scariest books ever written. Naturally, you get to have your say in the comments below.

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