Halloween-21  A lot of bloggers are doing lists of their scariest reads, so I thought I’d share mine.

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One of Dean Koontz’s early books when he was still writing straight horror. If you’re not a bug person this is not for you.

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This technically isn’t horror fiction, but Ellis takes you deep into the mind of a serial killer in this controversial book. Good luck clawing your way out.

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What would any scary book list be without this supposed “true story”. Fact or fiction, it certainly gave me nightmares!

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Beautifully told, Peter Straub’s Ghost Story will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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Once again, this technically isn’t a horror story, but when I read it as a high school freshman it horrified as well as transfixed me. Sometimes the scariest things can be found within ourselves.

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I loved going to the beach until I saw the movie and then read the book. Even now after all these years I get a creepy feeling if I venture out into the water further than my knees.

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As excellent as the movie and Linda Blair are, nothing can hold a candle to this terrifying book and the reader’s imagination.

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Obviously my entire list could have been compromised of The Master of Horror’s books, but I was determined to do ten different writers. Then being a Stephen King fanatic, I had to try to figure out which of his books scared me the most. After much soul searching “It” jumped out at me. Naturally there’s the fear of clowns, and if you weren’t afraid of them before, well once you meet Pennywise you will be. There’s also the underlying theme of being afraid of fear itself. That’s why this is my number one pick for the scariest book I’ve read. So, do you have any spooktacular reads you’d like to share?