Poll: What's Steven Kings Scariest Book?
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IT
31 26%
Pet Semetary
25 21%
The Shining
22 18%
Cell
4 3%
Salem's Lot
6 5%
The Stand
4 3%
Desperation
2 2%
Misery
8 7%
Bag of Bones
0 0%
Other (specify)
17 14%
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#1
Ok so i just finished the book i was reading and wanted to start reading a Stephen King book. I really want to read one of his horror novels and was wondering what everyone thought is his scariest book.
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#2
I've never read one of his books but apparently he has a book about a car that drives itself and kills people or something to that effect.

Kind of like what Herbie should have done to Lindsay Lohan in that one movie so I wouldn't have to hear about all her problems all the time on the "news"
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#3
I would say I've read more unsettling short stories of his then actual novels.
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#6
I love king, but don't read cell if you're looking for straight up zombie horror. Not going to give it away, but just warning ya.
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#7
Uh...idk about scary, but The Dark Tower is pretty awesome.
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#8
If you want scary then his short story collections are great.

But for other scary books try, It, The Shining or Pet Semetery.

'Salems lot is really good but not particularly scary. I though Duma Key his newest one was pretty creepy as well.

I'm reading his Dark Tower series at the moment, Im up to the last book. It's absolutely epic.

EDIT: read the stand. If you could only read one read The Stand.
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#9
I don't know about scary, but I really enjoyed 'Salems lot. It really only creeped me out once a bit, but it was none the less a very enjoyable novel.

Thinner was boring as all hell though, if you ever consider it...
#10
THE STAND FTW!!!!!!!
It was probaly the best book i have ever read. Not exactly scary but it was still ****ing awsome!

Or the Dark Tower Series. There are 7 of em and I have read 3. So far they are great
#12
The Dark Tower > The Stand, imo.
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#13
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I've never read one of his books but apparently he has a book about a car that drives itself and kills people or something to that effect.

Kind of like what Herbie should have done to Lindsay Lohan in that one movie so I wouldn't have to hear about all her problems all the time on the "news"


Its called Christine. Its pretty good.
I want to read IT, I hear good things about it.
#14
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Its called Christine. Its pretty good.
I want to read IT, I hear good things about it.


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Amen to that
H.P. Lovecraft is like the godfather of the modern day horror story (Poe was the forerunner to it)

IT is probably the scariest I've every read from King, but the only other books I've read that he has is Night Shift and The Dark Tower Series

If you like Zombie novels, check out Brian Keene. His Rising books are pretty good
#16
pet semetary sort of drags at some points, but the last 40-50 pages or so are the scariest I've ever read.

I'd also highly recommend the shining and misery.
but really, you can't go wrong with Mr. King.
#17
The only scary Stephen King book is the one where he butchers the English language.


....Oh wait that's all of them.
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#18
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I would say I've read more unsettling short stories of his then actual novels.


Yeah, I would get Everything's Eventual by him. It has 14 short stories I think; I read the first 2, and they haunt me for a while.
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#20
^^ His short stories are pretty awesome. He's got lots of varied works, so just start somewhere, and read whatever from there
#21
I'd go with Pet semetary. the last 50 or so pages are scary stuff.
misery is good and the shining just dragged on to me.


IT was scary within the first 40 pages. i stopped after that for a while.
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#22
I love Stephen King but when it comes to horror, Richard Laymon is better.

He writes some creepy stuff.

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#23
I read a few of his books, but you don't have Christine or Dreamcatcher. I actually use SSDD as abbr. for some days.

Scariest would be IT. I didn't read it, but the night that I watched the movie, the sky was full of thick black clouds and the sunset shown through only thin slivers of red. The day itself was scary so I'll always associate the two.
#24
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H.P. Lovecraft really is the way to go when it comes to horror...


Very very true. The Lurking Fear will forever make me shit bricks.

As for all these "Dark Tower is Scary" posts I have this to say: Dark Tower is not Horror. Yes it has Scary parts in, but these parts are in the minority. Maybe about 100 pages out of the whole series.
#25
The Dark Half is the scariest King novel I've read. I've read all of the ones in the poll though, apart from Desperation.

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#26
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I would say I've read more unsettling short stories of his then actual novels.


Yeah, he's written some amazing short stories as well. Check out one called "Strawberry Spring". I loved that one.
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#27
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pet semetary sort of drags at some points, but the last 40-50 pages or so are the scariest I've ever read.

I'd also highly recommend the shining and misery.
but really, you can't go wrong with Mr. King.


Pet Semetary hit me on so many levels that it is to this day the only book i have ever read that caused me to have nightmares

its among the finest pieces of human storytelling and horror fiction

King's strength is writing strong characters that you can identify with and thus be terrified along with. You feel their sense of fear and tragedy in each novel
#28
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I love Stephen King but when it comes to horror, Richard Laymon is better.

He writes some creepy stuff.

+100 Laymon is the best horror writer I've come across! (Read The Travelling Vampire Show)

But sticking to Stephen King I think you should read IT... That frightened me a lot!
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#29
Pet Semetary If you haven't seen the movie or don't already know the plot. The stand is my favourite of his books however but doesn't contain so much horror, more tragedy and drama as opposed to shocks.
#30
Probably some of the "short" stories from that Five Minutes to Midnight, or something like that, book.
#31
I really didn't find It that scary. It was really good, but didn't really scare me or anything. I think Salem's Lot was the only one that freaked me out a little. Don't really know why.
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The Dark Half is the scariest King novel I've read. I've read all of the ones in the poll though, apart from Desperation.


From a Buick 8. Unfortunately, it's not very good.


no, the guy earlier in the thread was right. In Christine the car kills people. From a Buick 8 was about an interdemensional (sp?) rift. I actually thought it was pretty good.
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#33
I dunno about scariest but Cell is one of his best. Id start with The Shining if I were you though
#34
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Probably some of the "short" stories from that Five Minutes to Midnight, or something like that, book.


I think its called Four Past Midnight. I was thinking about trying out Everything Eventually which is his collection of 14 different short stories. For the people who have read it would it be a good place to start?
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#35
'It' creeped the hell out of me.

Best Stephen King book though, is 'The Dark Tower'. Not too scary, but the whole series is wonderful.
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#36
I don't find his work particularly 'scary' (except It). I just find it pure, unadulterated, awesome. I've only read the first part of The Dark Tower, and it was incredible, even though all I've ever heard about it was that it was the worst of the series, so I can't wait to get the next one.

If you're wanting scary, go with It.
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#37
I don't know about the book but I think the film IT is hilarious. I love scary clowns.
#39
I haven't read/watched most of his work, but Misery creeped the **** out of me. So did The Mist.
#40
His short stories are great, as are his novels. I'm currently in the midst of It(by midst I mean page 90 of 1930) and it's extremely good.

Aguaedit: Also, my friend is reading Cujo and says its really creepy.
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