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richardwrite25
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Scariest Stephen King Book

In the spirit of Halloween, I was hoping to get some suggestions for really scary Stephen King books.

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Doreenpv
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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

The 1st Pet Sematary

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

It has been so long since I read many of them, but I'd vote for either Desperation, or maybe The Dark Half.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

I found Thinner really scary.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

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).

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

Anyone read SALEM'S LOT?

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

I'd say IT, followed closely by The shinning and Salem's Lot.

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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.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

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.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

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richardwrite25 wrote:

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)

 

Second:   "It"

 

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". 

 

 

 

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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...:smileyhappy:

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

Oh...I forgot IT...that was one of the scariest. I hate clowns.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

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 :smileysurprised:

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.

 

 

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

Not exactly the scariest, but the creepiest:  The Long Walk published as Richard Bachman.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

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.

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

Deff "The Shinning". Also, if available . . . The Amytiville Horror was pretty creepy tho not SK book. John Saul has some good ones as well.
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I'd say any of them. His writing style is so poor it scares me.

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NikiGunn wrote:

I'd say any of them. His writing style is so poor it scares me.


What was that one he wrote about a troll living under a bridge...

 

 

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Re: Scariest Stephen King Book

If you have a cold or stuffy nose, The Stand is the scariest.
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richardwrite25 wrote:

Anyone read SALEM'S LOT?


Yes, Salem's Lot is fantastic!  It has some nice ties to the Dark Tower series as well.

 


 

Smite the Damned. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Smite-The-Damned/Zack-Kullis/e/2940012784445 The sequel, Realm Crossing, to be released soon.