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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."