The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I’ve never been afraid of the dark, and I don’t usually mind scary movies (The Haunting is one of my favorites), but books are another story. When I watch a scary movie, the makers have done the imaginative work for me, so all I have is a visual representation of what they think a scary character looks like. When I read a book, my own overactive imagination takes over, and the book ends up being much scarier than it really should be. I’ve found several books that I will never read again, simply because they scared the bejeebers out of me the first time around.

The Exorcist

OMG, this book scared me so badly I couldn’t even keep the copy I had in my house. I had borrowed it because I wanted to see what the fuss was about. The book is about a priest who is called in to perform an exorcism on a little girl. Exorcisms are generally regarded in the Catholic community as dangerous, and this book doesn’t do anything to change that perception. The little girl isn’t described much, so it’s easy to let your imagination run wild. Once the lights go out after reading this book, every little light and every little noise will keep you awake for hours. I will never read this book again.




I’m not particularly scared of clowns, but I know a lot of people who are. A girl at my job freaks out when someone even mentions clowns. This book is freaky enough to change most people’s opinion on clowns, and I can pretty much promise you won’t look at a red balloon the same again.




The Haunting of Hill House

I listened to this book on audio, and while I loved the movie that came from it, the book was really freaky. You can almost feel the main character going bonkers as the book progresses. Eleanor, the main character, is invited to participate in a study at a haunted house. As the study progresses, Eleanor starts to have weird experiences in the house, and can’t find anyone to believe her. It’s an interesting book, but freaky enough that I probably won’t ever read or listen to the book again.

The Bell Jar

This book isn’t classified as a horror book, but the character’s descent into madness is enough to keep even the most hardcore bookworm awake for quite a while. Silvia Plath makes going completely mad, and even attempting suicide sound so logical, that it’s easy to question every thought you have for years after.



The Stand

Every cough, every sneeze, and every blow of the nose will have you extremely worried after you finish this book. The Superflu has taken over and killed about 90% of the world’s population, and leaves the survivors in a battle to the death for the souls of the earth. This book will keep you up wondering if this book could really happen.



This book was adapted into a movie, and while the movie completely disappointed me, the twists and turns in the book kept me up until all hours. I even had trouble answering my cell phone for quite a while after reading this book. I still don’t answer numbers I don’t recognize, just in case….




Storm of The Century

Written in the form of a screenplay, this book examines what happens when a group of people are offered a choice: Give the bad guy one of your children to raise as his own, or die in a horrible storm. This book features one of Stephen King’s favorite bad guys: Flagg. I saw the mini series after it came out, and had to stop watching about halfway through.



Flowers in The Attic

This story is about 4 children who are forced to live in the attic, because their mother has remarried and doesn’t want the new husband to know about them. V.C. Andrews is the master of the “horror of childhood” genre, and this book is no different.





A man finds a portal to the past, and uses it as a chance to change history. Jake is asked by a friend to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but the story has so many twists and turns that it will keep you up long into the night. Ever wonder if your closet is a portal to the past? This book will definitely have you wondering.


What are your favorite horror stories? Any good psychological thrillers you want to recommend? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time, bookworms!

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2 thoughts on “9 Books To Never Read If You Are Scared Of The Dark

  1. I’m curious about 11/22/63 and Storm of the Century. I’ve only read a few books by Stephen King. I love the book Horns by Joe Hill – he’s King’s son, just FYI. I love Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Psychological thrillers are some of my favorites, even if they do freak me out. LOL


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