Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

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.

Related

clockwork.png

The 50 coolest books ever

evil books.jpg

30 most evil lines from books

h1.jpg

The 30 Best Debut Novels

HERO1.jpg

The 25 creepiest book covers ever

1358106638_american-horror-story-asylum-poster1.jpg

The 8 Scariest Shows On Netflix

bram-stoker-dracula.jpg

Wisdom from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Comments

More

The 5 best new songs this week

Our roundup of the week's best new tunes by Dave Fawbert

29 Apr 2016

Marvel's The Punisher Gets Netflix Spin-off Series

by Joe Ellison

29 Apr 2016

Here are the first two set shots from Star Wars: Episode VIII

"WHAT DO THEY REVEAL!" we hear you cry. Well have a look... by David Cornish

29 Apr 2016

The UK’s six best alternative music festivals

It’s not just about the music, you know by Danielle Richardson

29 Apr 2016

The ShortListen: Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna (no. 303)

Here is your summer anthem by Dave Fawbert

29 Apr 2016

Jack Garratt's Ultimate Playlist

Eclectic singer-songwriter reveals his favourite tracks

28 Apr 2016

Ricky Gervais: "With art you have to be a complete fascist"

28 Apr 2016

The ShortListen: Man Made (no. 302)

Exclusive track from rising Manchester trio by Dave Fawbert

28 Apr 2016

Stephen Merchant has joined Wolverine 3

It's not a comedy though by David Cornish

28 Apr 2016

Manchester United youngster pulls off brilliant rainbow flick golazo

Frightening talent

28 Apr 2016