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13 Horror Books To Make Your Skin Crawl [VIDEO]

It’s that time of the year once again, when we look into the darkest corners of the night for that thrill one can only get from a good horror story. Whether it is psychological, supernatural, or surreal fear, these 13 books will make your skin crawl and hopefully aid in your search for that which goes bump in the night.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Notable Quote:
“I tried to make meat loaf out of the girl, but it becomes too frustrating a task and instead I spend the afternoon smearing her meat all over the walls, chewing on strips of skin I ripped from her body”

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

Notable Quote:
“Half the killers in this country say the same thing. The voices. The voices told me to do it. “

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Notable Quote:
“There are vampires. They are real, they are of our time, and they are here, close by, stalking us as we sleep…”

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Notable Quote:
“God never talks. But the devil keeps advertising, Father. The devil does a lot of commercials.”

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Notable Quote:
“How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.”

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Notable Quote:
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”

It by Stephen King

Notable Quote:
“Come on back and we’ll see if you remember the simplest thing of all – how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark.”

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Notable Quote:
“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti”

World War Z by Max Brooks

Notable Quote:
“The monsters that rose from the dead, they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts”

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Notable Quote:
“I do know that nobody can protect anybody else from vileness. Or from pain. All you can do is not let it break you in half and keep on going until you get to the other side.”

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Notable Quote:
“The costumes, the rituals,’ Mr. Castevet said; ‘every religion, not only Catholicism. Pageants for the ignorant.”

The Shining by Stephen King

Notable Quote:
“Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.”

The Cipher by Kathe Koja

Notable Quote:
“If I could have broken his neck I would have, just for the pleasure of the silence after the snap.”

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  • kira

    So it makes sense that different horror movies will attempt to elicit different responses. Some horror movies are content to startle you an effect that usually dissipates by the time you leave the theater and some want to get under your skin and linger, preventing you from getting a good night s sleep for days.