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10 scariest books in the world

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  •  Why are you reading books? To learn something interesting, to get rid of the gray reality or to tickle your nerves? Or perhaps plunge into the abyss of horror, despair and pain, as is the case with the scariest books in the world?

  •  We don't just mean stories about gutting helpless maidens or churning entrails for the sadistic pleasure of carefree sociopaths. After all, there are other stories, for example, psychological thrillers that cause goosebumps, dystopian novels, or books that describe the emptiness and decay of being, making the most inveterate cynic cry.

  •  Sit back and we'll tell you which horror books you shouldn't read before bed. Or worth it if you want to stay up all night.

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10. The Hammer of the Witches, Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger

The Hammer of the Witches by Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger
Hammer of the Witches, Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger

  •  Published in 1487, a treatise called Malleus Maleficarum for 200 years was a real bestseller, second only to the Bible.

  •  It was a detailed manual on the search, interrogation, torture and execution of witches in the midst of the "witch hunt" in Europe.

  •  Malleus elevates witchcraft to the status of heresy and recommends that secular courts use inquisitorial practices to eradicate witches. Recommended procedures include torture and deceit to effectively extract confessions, and the death penalty as the only sure remedy against evil sorcery.

  •  In fact, The Hammer of the Witches was an excellent guide for condemning innocent people and making sure they died in unimaginable fear.

9. The Shining, Stephen King

The Shining horror book by Stephen King
The Shining, Stephen King

  •  The King of Horrors created many masterpieces that prevented people from sleeping peacefully at night. However, The Shining became one of his best books.

  •  The idea of being stuck in a haunted hotel far from civilization when one of your family goes crazy was taken to a whole new level by King.

  •  And it was the success of this novel, published in 1977, that established King on the podium of the best writer in the horror genre.

8. The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty
The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty

  •  The reason why The Exorcist turned into one of the scariest movies of all time is because it was one of the scariest novels of all time. It is written in such an atmospheric way that Stephen King himself would envy it.

  •  For people with a developed fantasy, The Exorcist will be a rather creepy reading, because the book is about an innocent child who is possessed by an evil spirit. Together with the main character, readers will have to find out who took possession of the girl's body, uncover the secret of one family and take part in the investigation of the murder.

7. Coraline, Neil Gaiman

Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Coraline, Neil Gaiman

  •  This book contains, perhaps, the scariest idea of all time: about "your second mother", who is waiting very close, in another world. And he shows you what happens when the brilliant science fiction writer Neil Gaiman takes on the task of writing a children's book.

  •  Bright and memorable characters, especially the smart and brave girl Coraline, dark and gloomy atmosphere, intriguing plot – all this makes the book terribly interesting.

  •  I suggest that you do not give Coraline to your children if you want them not to scream in terror in their sleep. Or at least wait until they grow up enough to deal with this psychological nightmare.

6. The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris

Literary work The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris

  •  Did you think Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning adaptation was scary? Get ready for a real scare. Sociopath Dr. Hannibal Lecter is even more terrifying in the pages of this book when he plays harrowing and addictive mind games with FBI intern Clarissa Starling.

  •  However, she cannot get out of this game, because only Hannibal knows the name of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, who skins his victims.

5. The Cuckoos of Midwich, John Wyndham

The Cuckoos of Midwich, John Wyndham
The Cuckoos of Midwich, John Wyndham

  •  Alien invasion? It's OK; we can fight the evil aliens with any weapon we have at our disposal. But what if the aliens turn out to be our own children?

  •  Hyper-intelligent, golden-eyed children who communicate via telepathy are ranked among the greatest and most feared villains of all time in this novel.

4. The Price of Not Love, Lionel Shriver

Novel "The Price of Dislike" by Lionel Shriver
"The Price of Dislike" Lionel Shriver

  •  This romance is scary for any parent, anyone considering becoming a parent, or anyone who knows teenagers.

  •  "The Price of Not Love" shows how a child can turn into a stranger, capable of doing terrible things, even if the mother does everything right.

3. "American Psycho", Bret Easton Ellis

"American Psycho", Bret Easton Ellis
"American Psycho", Bret Easton Ellis

  •  The protagonist's descent into insanity, his candid description of the bloody murders he seems to enjoy, and his celebration of consumer culture all go hand in hand in one of the scariest books of all time.

  •  In addition to being a shocking and frightening piece, American Psycho is filled with musical references to the 80s and hilarious streams of consciousness.

2. Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

  •  Due to a plane crash, a group of schoolchildren end up on a desert island. At first, the children celebrate their newfound freedom, but they end up embroiled in a terrifying and brutal war that they themselves have created.

  •  This is one of the darkest books in the history of literature because of its idea that no matter how "civilized" we think we are, it doesn't take long to unleash the inner beast.

1. It, Stephen King

It by Stephen King is the scariest book of all time.
It, Stephen King

  •  Yes, this is another Stephen King novel worthy of topping the list of the scariest horror books in the world. “It” tells about a phobia that is very old and very relevant – clowns.

Pennywise, the killer clown lives in the sewers of the small town of Derry, Maine, and preys on children. A group of teenagers team up to kill him. But how are they going to win scariest monster in the world? Read and find out.