Scariest Book You've ever read?

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  1. Tempest344

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    Mine would have to be
    "Hyperion" By Dan Simmons

    although its not a horror (its sci-fi)
    some of the concepts were pretty disturbing

    Whats yours?
     
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  2. PimpMyGame

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    1984 by George Orwell. I read it in about 1986 when the book wasn't even 40 years old. The title of the book is meant to represent a time in the future, not specifically that year. The original title, "The Last Man In Europe" was so disliked by Orwell's publisher that the name changed was forced rapidly, probably by swapping the last two digits of the year the book was written.

    I can still remember reading the book and realising the horrors within were happening and would get worse.
     
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  3. CanadianChic

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    Stephen King's IT. It was years ago and I am still traumatized to this day.
     
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  4. Morpheus

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    The Stand by Stephen King (the movie was lame).

    97% of the world's population dies of a virus in the first 50 pages.
     
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  5. Mister G

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    I dont know if its the scariest, but I do recall really getting into the Shining by Stephen King when I was younger.
     
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  6. BigDude

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    If you liked Hyperion, make sure to read the other 3 books in the series. They're all great. Then read some of Simmons' horror novels. Song of Kali is pretty disturbing.
     
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  7. PimpMyGame

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    "Hyperion" is the name of the financial reporting software I use at work. That's pretty disturbing in itself.
     
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  8. serve/and/volley

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    Mike Davis' Ecology of Fear as well as his City of Quartz.
     
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  9. Bad Dog

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    Nonfiction: People of the Lie, by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
     
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    The Little Engine that Could...
     
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    it's called "socorro", by Elsa Borneman. It's short stories aimed for pre-teens, and i read it when I was one. some of them are pretty scary
     
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    "The Omen" - can't remember who wrote it...
     
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  13. shojun25

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    Goosebumps... :twisted:
     
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  14. alwaysatnet

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    I don't remember the title but I know Larry King wrote it.
     
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    Becoming a father at 80? I know, it scared the pants off me as well. ;)
     
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  16. Jon Rudy

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    The Descent, by Jeff Long.
     
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  17. 35ft6

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    Stephen King's earlier short story collections had some really scary stuff in there.
     
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  18. Fatmike

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    I read a lot.

    Never read something that really scared me.

    I read all Stephen King's books. (except maybe the last 2 or 3)

    I read one from Dan Simmons... that was really good. Don't remember the tiltle, but some people were controlling others with their mind.

    Amongst my favorites books were the books from Isaac Asimov (foundation and robots series). Awsome.
     
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    The Bible ...
     
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  20. Mastermind

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    The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
     
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  21. StealthGnome

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    Those covers scared the s*** out of me when I was small. They were the devil.
     
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  22. Trainer

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    Read a lot of Stephen Kings stuff too. I'd have to say that Salem's Lot was his best. Scary? I'd have to say that they were more suspenseful than scary.

    Books that I find scary are true crime, environmental issues, and politics.
     
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  23. brayman9

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    we read that in school and it didn't scare me at all i don't think i fully understood it though.
     
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  24. CanadianChic

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    I agree with you on that Trainer. I first read the book Fatal Vision when I was maybe thirteen and it jolted me quite a bit. When most of my peers were reading pre-teen books on angst and first love, I was reading about a man who killed his entire family. lol. I still follow that case.
     
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    The Excorist at the time I read it.
     
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  26. Trinity

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    Salems Lot.
     
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