51 SCARIEST Books of the Last 200 Years

Because a truly scary story is timeless.

scariest books 200 years

1800-1849

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Grimm's Fairy Tales

By The Brothers Grimm

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Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

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Nightmare Abbey

By Thomas Love Peacock

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The Vampyre

By John William Polidori

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The Fall of the House of Usher

By Edgar Allan Poe

1850-1899

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

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The Yellow Wallpaper

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The King in Yellow

By Robert W. Chambers

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Dracula

By Bram Stoker

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The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James

1900-1949

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The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

By H.P. Lovecraft

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We

By Yevgeny Zamyatin

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The Most Dangerous Game

By Richard Connell

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Rebecca

By Daphne du Maurier

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The Lottery

By Shirley Jackson

1950s

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Lord of the Flies

By William Golding

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I Am Legend

By Richard Matheson

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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

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Psycho

By Robert Bloch

1960s 

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

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The Collector

By John Fowles

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In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote

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Rosemary’s Baby

By Ira Levin

1970s

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The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty

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Harvest Home

By Thomas Tryon

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Crawlspace

By Herbert Lieberman

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The Manitou

By Graham Masterton

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Requiem for a Dream

By Hubert Selby Jr.

1980s

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Pet Sematary

By Stephen King

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The Wanting

By Campbell Armstrong

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The Silence of the Lambs

By Thomas Harris

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Swan Song

By Robert R. McCammon

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Dawn

By Octavia E. Butler

1990s

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American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

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Boy's Life

By Robert R. McCammon

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Summer of Night

By Dan Simmons

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The Cipher

By Kathe Koja

2000s

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House of Leaves

By Mark Z. Danielewski

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The Black Gondolier

By Fritz Leiber

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

By Lionel Shriver

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The Resurrection Man's Legacy

By Dale Bailey

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The Loveliest Dead

By Ray Garton

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The Ruins

By Scott Smith

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Heart-Shaped Box

By Joe Hill

2010s

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The Ritual

By Adam Nevill

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Penpal

By Dathan Auerbach

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Broken Monsters

By Lauren Beukes

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Bird Box

By Josh Malerman

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Wylding Hall

By Elizabeth Hand

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The Doll-Master

By Joyce Carol Oates