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I get creeped out by ghost stories, scary books, and haunting horror movies, but I can't keep away from them. I gotta tell you, I prefer reading spooky stories when it comes to giving myself the chills. These are the stories and books that always do it for me. Read 'em, listen to 'em, Google 'em – whatever you do, I bet you'll get a thrill!

1. Bag of Bones by Stephen King

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Stephen King's the king of the horror genre (imho, anyway), but this book is actually a ghost story, and in addition to being creepy, it's honestly one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read.

2. The Shining by Stephen King

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Now, Bag of Bones is creepy, but not terrifying. The Shining is terrifying. All of these ghosts are malicious. They are bad, bad ghosts.

3. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

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Well, duh. Any of the stories in here will do the trick of terrifying you. You can read almost any story in nearly any volume of these tales and get a thrill. Got a fave?

4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Classic spook. Poe was a master of horror, but the creep factor in this is off the charts.

5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Oh, Hill House – β€œand whatever walked there, walked alone.” Doesn't that give you the shivers? That's all it takes. The opening paragraph and that last line.

6. Ghost Story by Peter Straub

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Peter Straub is great at ghoulish. This probably seems a little obvious, but it is so worth the read. You'll want to be part of the Chowder Society, or form your own.

7. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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Yeah, Daniel Radcliffe looked pretty hot in the movie, which was enough to spook me, but the book is something else. Books almost always are.

8. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

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M. R. James is legendary and all of these stories are the kind that'll keep you up at night if you read 'em before bed.

9. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

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So, this is like something between a ghost story and a demon possession kind of story. There's been so much said about whether it's really true or not, but if you just go into it with suspended belief, it's creepy af.

10. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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This book. It scared me so, so badly. Such a fantastic book, just not at night!

11. Hell House by Richard Matheson

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This is another classic. I mean, Stephen King himself described Hell House as the scariest novel about haunted houses ever. I totally agree with that.

12. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

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I've got a thing for old Edgar Allan. β€œThe Raven” is cool and all, but if you want something truly spooky, this one'll do it.

13. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs

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This story is so good. It is so, so creepy. Even when I'm reading it, I want to cover my eyes when I get to the last knock at the door.

14. The Best of H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft

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This really is a best of collection. Lovecraft knew scary like nobody else.

15. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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Henry James wanted nobody to ever sleep again.

16. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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I love any version of this story, to be honest, even animated Disney cartoons, but hearing it on audio book is maybe the best way to hear it. Try it, seriously.

17. Bewitched by Edith Wharton

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Edith Wharton's scary tales are as elegant as the rest of her prose. I think that elegance is why they're so creepy.

So, 'fess up. What scary stories always give you the creeps?

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