The nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling and the end of October edges ever near. All Hallows’ Eve is nearly upon us and so the ghoulish writings of authors over the last 200 years has left us with these devilishly delicious classic novels to scare us silly.
But with so many to choose from we have narrowed down this list of just 13 scary reads. Unforgettable novels which we think have captured and haunted our imaginations over the years.
Many of course you will have seen as classic horror films. Some adapted to the screen better than others, but in all cases the original novels will leave your imagination with the creeps, way more than the film ever could.
- The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
- Pet Sematary – Stephen King
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- IT – Stephen King
- The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
- Ghost Story – Peter Straub
- Hell House – Richard Matheson
- The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
- The Complete Tales and Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz
- The Wolfen – Whitley Strieber
- 1984 – George Orwell
So there we have it 13 classic novels to leave you feeling the autumn chills right through to the bone. Gothic tales and supernatural stories, shredding your nerves page by page thanks to the disturbingly dark imaginings of the authors above.
We could have easily created a top 50 or more, but will the above stand head(less) and shoulders above the rest. Which of these novels left you spooked?
We look forward to hearing which of your own favourite reads left your nerves well and truly rattled.
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— Soutron (@Soutron) October 27, 2015