MILAN – Many mistakenly think that nothing can be scarier than a horror film, but reading lovers know very well that some books, read in certain circumstances, can be much scarier. In reading, not only the story comes into play, but also the characterization of the characters, the atmosphere and the language used by the writer. Never before have you been so immersed in reading that you jump at some noises of the house
. Suspense, conveyed through words and writing style, can be much more disturbing than a movie scene. We asked you which was the scariest book you read through a survey , here is the resulting ranking.
. 1) “It” by Stephen King
One of Stephen King’s most famous books has been rated by you readers as the scariest book you have ever read. In a laughing and sleepy American town, a group of kids, playing through the sewers, awakens a shapeless and monstrous creature from a primordial sleep: It. And when, many years later, It reappears to ask for its blood tribute, same children, now adults, abandon their family and their work to return to fight it. And the nightmare begins again. A story that marked the adolescence of many. “It”, a word that many are still afraid to utter.
. 2) “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka
In the autumn of 1912, in Prague, between November 17 and December 7, Franz Kafka wrote “The metamorphosis”, the underground and literal nightmare of Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who wakes up one morning after troubled dreams and finds himself changed into a huge insect. A metaphor of existence, a metaphor of life. A narrative that makes what he describes tremendously real and that has impressed millions of readers.
. 3) “The Shining” by Stephen King
Stephen King again on the podium of the scariest books. This time it is The Shining, a book from 1997, which tells the story set in the Overlook, a strange and imposing hotel that dominates the high mountains of Colorado, the scene of numerous murders and suicides and seems to have absorbed evil forces that go beyond of all human understanding and manifest themselves especially in winter when the hotel closes and remains isolated due to the snow. A failed writer, Jack Torrance, with his wife Wendy and their five-year-old son Danny, agrees to be the winter watchman at the Overlook and that’s when the forces of evil are unleashed…
. 4) “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
Written by Bram Stoker in 1897, since its first appearance Dracula has provided the archetype to the numerous vampire stories that have followed one another in literature and film. In outlining the figure of the count, Bram Stoker has used all the resources of his imagination and all the expedients of a highly calibrated profession. From these pages a magic is released that reaches the threshold of the nightmare. In fact, Dracula represents in a completely original way the eternal story of the struggle between Good and Evil…
. 5) “The Haunted House” by Howard P. Lovecraft
This novel is inspired by real events and this makes everything even more disturbing. “At the northeast corner of Bridge Street and Elizabeth Avenue, is a terribly old house, a hellish place, with a blackish, unpainted surface, an unnaturally steep roof and an external staircase leading to the second floor, suffocated by a tangle of ivy so dense that it is not even possible to describe its shape. It reminds me of Casa Babbit on Benefit Street in Providence (…) ”Ancient horrors that awaken, the supernatural that oppresses everyday life and esoteric rituals trace the roots of his narrative to the anguish and darkest nightmares of the human soul.
. 6) “The Night of Salem” by Stephen King
Stephen King’s narrative coupled with Bram Stoker’s subject matter, a potentially explosive plot. An abandoned house, a remote village, bloodthirsty vampires. The protagonist of the story is Ben Mears, a writer who returns to the places of his childhood, the good, old American province., To exorcise a terrible experience he had as a child at Casa Marsten, the gloomy and threatening building that dominates the village. Now the ghostly abode welcomes it with open eyes, or rather, with lighted windows. But who is the self-styled Mr. Barlow, the new owner ?
Because his presence is noticeable only after sunset
. 7) “Sandman” by Hoffman
A story by ETA Hoffmann published in 1815. The novel begins in epistolary form, in the first letter sent by the protagonist, Nathanael, to his friend Lothair, we learn about some facts related to the childhood of the young university student. In fact, Nathanael recalls how his mother, in some circumstances, used to persuade him and his brothers to go to bed by resorting to the fabulous threat of the coming of the sand man, a monster who would have gouged out the eyes of children who refused to sleep and who he would then have given them to his children…
. 8) “The house of the long summer” by Barbara Vine
In the summer of 1976 a group of 19-year-old friends spent a holiday in a large country house in Suffolk. Then the young people separate with the agreement to never see each other again. After ten years, the new owners of the house dig a grave and find human remains. Disturbing to say the least, some theory on what may have happened to the protagonists
. 9) “The House of Hell” by Richard Matheson
The novel’s title doesn’t leave much to the imagination. The house is nothing more than an ancient haunted palace, whose walls have seen scenes of unimaginable horror. Two attempts to investigate its mysteries have ended terribly. Now a new expedition is being prepared: four people enter that mysterious place, determined to probe the last secrets of life and death that are hidden there…
. 10)In those darkness ” by Gitta Sereny
The case of Franz Stangl, commander of Treblinka. A shocking investigation that breaks the silence on the antecedents and organization of the extermination camps, and on the complications that have helped many perpetrators to escape. A story, unfortunately true, which helps us shed light on the errors and horrors of which humanity has become the protagonist.

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