Whispers in the Dark, or My Favorite Scary Books

A Listmania! list by Sydney (At My Computer, with Caffeine)
The list author says: "I love to read, and I love to be scared. These are the books that sent chills down my spine, made me cringe, made my palms sweat, and made me too freaked out to walk around my own house after dark."
House of Leaves
1.  House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The list author says:
  "This monster, this fiendish contraption of horror, this massive work of evil genius, is the scariest thing I've ever read. 'Pale Fire' meets 'The Blair Witch Project'."
$14.13   Used & New from: $2.49
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (965 customer reviews) | 18 customer discussions

The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
2.  The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) by Shirley Jackson
The list author says:
  "Slashers, screaming teenagers, monsters, and gallons of blood can't match the quiet, menacing chills of the creaking doors and echoing darkness of Hill House. This is without question the greatest haunted house story ever written."
$9.35   Used & New from: $6.98
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Tommyknockers
3.  The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "On a hot summer day, during a school yard sale, I sat in the blazing sun for hours, lost in this titan of a horror/sci-fi epic, and walked out slightly less roasted than the characters. I loved it."
$8.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

Coraline
4.  Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "A gothic, twisted children's story that only Neil Gaiman could tell. I'm envious of this book."
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Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel
5.  Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel by Lynda Barry
The list author says:
  "Barry's smart writing and gritty drawings create a filthy world that you can't escape till you turn the last page. This is about as close as you can get to a horror story without actual horror."
$12.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Skin
6.  Skin by Kathe Koja
The list author says:
  "I found this book wedged into the dusty shelf in a used-bookstore; an appropriate start to a gritty and haunting story of underground art that drives right into the senses and keeps you disturbed and consumed. A gem if I've ever seen one."
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Flowers in the Attic
7.  Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
The list author says:
  "One of the most powerful books I've ever read in my life, which caused the rare combination of horrifying me and realizing how often I neglect the love of my parents."
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Lost Souls
8.  Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
The list author says:
  "Poppy Z. Brite's books wormed their way into my 16-year-old baby goth days with a bloody vengeance, and left me with a lust for good vampire fiction that could never again be truly satisfied. I've been horrendously spoiled by this book."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

I Am Legend
9.  I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The list author says:
  "A vampire story without capes, coffins, or nauseating romance."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,125 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
10.  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "I stayed up in the late hours of the night when I read this book, unable to escape its claustrophobic woods."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,005 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Sundial
11.  The Sundial by Shirley Jackson
The list author says:
  "What would you do if you knew the world was coming to an end? Subtle yet creepy, you're in for a story quite unlike any other. Welcome to the Halloran Mansion."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge
12.  Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge by Nancy Holder
The list author says:
  "Beware 'The Popstar', that's all I'm saying."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Cipher
13.  The Cipher by Kathe Koja
The list author says:
  "Sometimes a book is worth it just for one character; in this case, it's for the completely twisted Nakota."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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The Red Tree
14.  The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The list author says:
  "A truly spooky book; echoes the style and atmosphere of writers like Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, and Mark Z. Danielewski."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Death's Door
15.  Death's Door by John Wooley
The list author says:
  "A surprisingly readable, exciting, and moving story about life and death. I had a hard time putting this one down."
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2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Haunted: A Novel
16.  Haunted: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
The list author says:
  "The most messed up story about writer's block since 'The Shining'."
$9.25   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Dark: New Ghost Stories
17.  The Dark: New Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow
The list author says:
  "A great collection of short, spooky stories. Among my favorites are 'The Ghost of the Clock', 'Seven Sisters', and 'Limbo'."
$16.83   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

My Sweet Audrina
18.  My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews
The list author says:
  "Campier than 'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?', and sporting one of the most evil little girls I've ever seen, it doesn't matter if you can see the 'plot twists' coming from a mile away. This book will make your skin crawl."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Hell House
19.  Hell House by Richard Matheson
The list author says:
  "A relentlessly disturbing, dark, and hallucinagetic tale of the macabre. Get ready for one of the craziest last-minute revalations you've ever seen."
$9.90   Used & New from: $4.68
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Heart-Shaped Box
20.  Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The list author says:
  "'Heart-Shaped Box' can boast a handful of horror rarities; likeable characters, a well-paced storyline, an antagonist who’s actually scary, and-God forbid!-a happy ending."
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Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories
21.  Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories by Poppy Z. Brite
The list author says:
  "A wide variety of deliciously grotesque tales of horror and the very, very weird."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Halloween Party (Fear Street, No. 8)
22.  Halloween Party (Fear Street, No. 8) by R. L. Stine
The list author says:
  "I freaking love R.L. Stine. His writing is horrendous, his plots are convoluted, and his characters are morons. How can you not have a blast reading so many ridiculous stories?"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

My Loose Thread (Cooper, Dennis)
23.  My Loose Thread (Cooper, Dennis) by Dennis Cooper
The list author says:
  "A truly chilling journey into the post-Columbine world, and an unsettling look at the future of the modern teenager."
$13.46   Used & New from: $0.77
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Drawing Blood
24.  Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite
The list author says:
  "A grim and really trippy haunted house story. Read 'Lost Souls' first."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

King Rat
25.  King Rat by China Miéville
The list author says:
  "What, don't think it'll be scary? Wait till you see The Piper in action."
$14.34   Used & New from: $1.25
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Anthony Shriek
26.  Anthony Shriek by Jessica Salmonson
The list author says:
  "In this surprisingly good story, gothic themes of other worlds, dreams, and supernatural power are explored through the bizarre characters of Anthony Shriek and his lover Emily."
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Four Past Midnight (Signet)
27.  Four Past Midnight (Signet) by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Worth checking out for 'The Langoliers' and 'The Library Policeman'."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

The Freakshow
28.  The Freakshow by Bryan Smith
The list author says:
  "Bryan Smith is my ultimate guilty pleasure. His books are a relentless onslaught of sex, violence, gore, and psycho goth girls. They're disgusting, they're stomach-churning, and they're freaking awesome."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Girl Next Door
29.  The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
The list author says:
  "As it is, this book has left me physically ill, but just to rub salt on a wound, I read it while listening to Otep. An absolute nightmare."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew')
30.  The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew') by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Don't go see the movie with that piece of BLANK Thomas Jane; read this really good, really chilling story."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Silk
31.  Silk by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The list author says:
  "Goths, drugs, rock and roll, and lots and lots of spiders."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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The Thief of Always
32.  The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
The list author says:
  "Here's a familiar story; children are lured to a house where they're promised delights and soon find horrors. But just wait till you find out what's lurking in this one."
$11.69   Used & New from: $0.21
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

Ash Wednesday
33.  Ash Wednesday by Chet Williamson
The list author says:
  "This book puts a unique perspective on ghost stories. Rather than focusing on the hauntings, it tells of the effect it has on the town it strikes."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
34.  The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter
The list author says:
  "'The Company of Wolves' is the scariest werewolf story you will ever read."
$11.04   Used & New from: $1.19
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Something Wicked This Way Comes
35.  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The list author says:
  "His writing style is an aquired taste, but the gothic themes and unforgettable characters (namely the nightmarish villain Mr. Dark) are all perfectly good reasons not to pass this book up."
$6.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (421 customer reviews)

Carrie
36.  Carrie by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Well, I enjoyed the movie more, but it's still a pretty good book."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Jesus Saves
37.  Jesus Saves by Darcey Steinke
The list author says:
  "After sitting in the dark for hours, wondering how on earth this book could have shaken me up so badly, I've realized it's the kind of story that slowly, quietly, starves you of your much-needed faith in humanity, and then leaves you on the side of the highway to die."
$10.80   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Stepford Wives
38.  The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
The list author says:
  "Truly one of the most unsettling concepts I've ever encountered. Ira Levin has a knack for devising situations where everyone is your enemy, and leaves the reader haunted after they turn the last page."
$10.23   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

Vintage: A Ghost Story
39.  Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
The list author says:
  "Goths, ghosts, gays, graveyards, and vintage clothing."
$11.70   Used & New from: $3.57
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

The Undertaker's Gone Bananas (M Books)
40.  The Undertaker's Gone Bananas (M Books) by Paul Zindel
The list author says:
  "I read this book when I was 12. I'm still scared that Jack Hulka is watching me through a window at night."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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