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You can't do jump-scares in a book. There are no computerized special effects or actors covered with horrifying makeup. You can always put a book down for a few days. But the greatest writers have the power to hold you trapped in the scary imagination and story that no horror scenes or effect can match.
Here are top 10 books you better read with all lights on:
10. The king in yellow
Writer: Robert W. Chambers
These are four chilling, mysterious and disturbing stories are some of the most exciting writings in the field of strange fiction, and since its first publication in 1895 has become a cult classic, influencing many writers of the famous cosmic horror master HP Lovecraft to the creators of True Detective by HBO.
9. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Writer: H.P. Lovecraft
The birth of the history of modern terror can be traced back to the dark visions that emerged from the feverish imagination of H. P. Lovecraft at the beginning of the last century. The alien gods, the cults of death and the forbidden tomes that project their crazy shadows on their fictitious New England would present to the world a new series of terrors.
Writer: William Peter Blatty
The book describes in detail the demonic possession of is 12-year-old and the psychiatrist who tries to exorcise the devil. The novel was inspired by a 1941 case of demonic possession and exorcism. The Exorcist is one of the most controversial novels of all time and has continued to become a literary phenomenon.
7.John Dies at the End
Writer: David Wong
This is a story that makes you wander and wonder, so be prepared and dedicate your full attention. My respect goes to Mr. Wong: John Dies at the End is a well-written story that left me waiting for the sequel (already published). For those of you who have had time to read this review, I suggest you take the time to read this book.
6.Something Wicked This Way Comes
Writer: Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury writes like a jackhammer on the coast. His poetics are soft but has an impact that is unforgettable.
5.Heart Shaped Box
Writer: by Joe Hill.
This novel treats the supernatural with the psychological one in an intelligent way.
He is not just a ghost, he imagines a ghost with a unique set of advanced interrogation skills and deep hypnotic skills, which he acquired during his long and diverse career.
Writer: Stephen King.
The Shining is one of my favorites for the same reason as the Heart Shaped Box: it mixes the supernatural with the psychological one and blurs the line between what is in your head and what it really is.
3.Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
Writer: Joyce Carol Oates.
Oates is quite a storyteller. He has made sixteen stories that light up this page. While many people appropriate the kind of terror as nothing more than pulpy fiction, Oates elevates the genre to literary levels.
2.The Haunting of Hill House
Writer: by Shirley Jackson.
Jackson's novel is based on terror and not on terror to awaken emotions in the reader. By using complex relationships between the psyche of the characters and mysterious events of the house.
Writer: Clive Barker.
This novel has vivid descriptions that are not overly made, and the first chapter is rather a masterpiece for connecting the reader.