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Whispers in the Dark, or My Favorite Scary Books

Sydney
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
House of Leaves
"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'."
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
"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."
The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers
"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."
Coraline
Coraline
"A gothic, twisted children's story that only Neil Gaiman could tell. I'm envious of this book."
Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel
Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel
"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."
Skin
Skin
"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."
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
"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."
Lost Souls
Lost Souls
"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."
I Am Legend
I Am Legend
"A vampire story without capes, coffins, or nauseating romance."
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
"I stayed up in the late hours of the night when I read this book, unable to escape its claustrophobic woods."
The Sundial
The Sundial
"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."
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge
Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge
"Beware 'The Popstar', that's all I'm saying."
The Cipher
The Cipher
"Sometimes a book is worth it just for one character; in this case, it's for the completely twisted Nakota."
The Red Tree
The Red Tree
"A truly spooky book; echoes the style and atmosphere of writers like Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, and Mark Z. Danielewski."
Death's Door
Death's Door
"A surprisingly readable, exciting, and moving story about life and death. I had a hard time putting this one down."
Haunted: A Novel
Haunted: A Novel
"The most messed up story about writer's block since 'The Shining'."
The Dark: New Ghost Stories
The Dark: New Ghost Stories
"A great collection of short, spooky stories. Among my favorites are 'The Ghost of the Clock', 'Seven Sisters', and 'Limbo'."
My Sweet Audrina
My Sweet Audrina
"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."
Hell House
Hell House
"A relentlessly disturbing, dark, and hallucinagetic tale of the macabre. Get ready for one of the craziest last-minute revalations you've ever seen."
Heart-Shaped Box
Heart-Shaped Box
"'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."
Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories
Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories
"A wide variety of deliciously grotesque tales of horror and the very, very weird."
Halloween Party (Fear Street, No. 8)
Halloween Party (Fear Street, No. 8)
"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?"
My Loose Thread (Cooper, Dennis)
My Loose Thread (Cooper, Dennis)
"A truly chilling journey into the post-Columbine world, and an unsettling look at the future of the modern teenager."
Drawing Blood
Drawing Blood
"A grim and really trippy haunted house story. Read 'Lost Souls' first."
King Rat
King Rat
"What, don't think it'll be scary? Wait till you see The Piper in action."
Anthony Shriek
Anthony Shriek
"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."
Four Past Midnight (Signet)
Four Past Midnight (Signet)
"Worth checking out for 'The Langoliers' and 'The Library Policeman'."
The Freakshow
The Freakshow
"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."
The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door
"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."
The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew')
The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew')
"Don't go see the movie with that piece of BLANK Thomas Jane; read this really good, really chilling story."
Silk
Silk
"Goths, drugs, rock and roll, and lots and lots of spiders."
The Thief of Always
The Thief of Always
"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."
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday
"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."
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
"'The Company of Wolves' is the scariest werewolf story you will ever read."
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
"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."
Carrie
Carrie
"Well, I enjoyed the movie more, but it's still a pretty good book."
Jesus Saves
Jesus Saves
"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."
The Stepford Wives
The Stepford Wives
"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."
Vintage: A Ghost Story
Vintage: A Ghost Story
"Goths, ghosts, gays, graveyards, and vintage clothing."
The Undertaker's Gone Bananas (M Books)
The Undertaker's Gone Bananas (M Books)
"I read this book when I was 12. I'm still scared that Jack Hulka is watching me through a window at night."