10-10-2011 03:08 PM
10-10-2011 03:26 PM
For me it's 'IT'. That was my first SK novel at the age of 15. Far better book than the awful made for TV movie made it look.
A very close 2nd is The Stand (complete edition).
10-10-2011 03:57 PM
IT then The Shining. I'm sure I've forgotten one but these are two that pop into my head right away a being scary (it's been so long since I've read a lot of his things). Carrie was pretty good too - I think the Mother and how much of a fanatic she was was the scariest part since there are people like that actually out there... I'm going to have to go back and read some of his older stuff again, a lot of his newer works seems to border on Sci-Fi to me.
10-10-2011 04:18 PM
Now that I've thought for a few minutes Christine was pretty creepy and Children of the Corn from Night Shift. Also Misery - it's not really scary in the horror sense but in the sense that even though far-fetched something like that could happen.
10-10-2011 04:27 PM - edited 10-10-2011 04:34 PM
In the spirit of Halloween, I was hoping to get some suggestions for really scary Stephen King books.
The scariest, by far : " 'Salem's Lot" (It is also the all-time best of the vampire genre - topping even Anne Rice' Lestat series, IMO)
Third: I'm not so sure. Maybe "Needful Things"? Others, like "the Stand", "Carrie", et al, were very good but don't fit the bill of "scary" nearly as well as " 'Salem's Lot" and "It".
- Randall Jarrell
10-10-2011 05:09 PM
Pet Sematary scared me and parts of Salem's Lot. But to me the creepiest of all was the covered bridge scene in The Stand. Holy @#$%....loved it...
10-10-2011 07:38 PM
The Shining [but maybe because I was reading it at home, alone, at night [and young]]. Topiaries will never be the same. redrum
Then It. I agree clowns look differnt now
The Stand was epic.
And then most of his old ones - they could really grab you. All old cars have personalities related to their grill. Don't wish the dead to return. Don't return from near dead. Don't open your windows at night. Don't let yourself be kidnapped by a fan.And really a whole book with a dog, a car, a boy and a mom - and it really worked - the man could write!
His newer ones haven't really impressed me. From a Buick 8 was ok. The Dark Half mmm not really scary. I did enjoy The Dome, but not scary. I haven't read a lot of the newer ones, but may give them another try.
10-10-2011 08:01 PM
10-10-2011 08:42 PM
I don't know if I'd say scariest, but probably the darkest and bleakest story of his I've read was the first novella in his recent Full Dark, No Stars. I don't really find books scary--I'm not sure I even know what you mean when you say a book is scary. Very rarely a movie will spook me, but I just don't get that from books. Oddly enough, though, I love Lovecraftian horror like King.
10-11-2011 02:27 AM
10-11-2011 07:38 AM
10-11-2011 08:51 AM
Anyone read SALEM'S LOT?
Yes, Salem's Lot is fantastic! It has some nice ties to the Dark Tower series as well.