I have to give a big thanks to Matt at A Guy's Moleskine Notebook. He posted a link to this today, here is his original post, and here is the link to the article listing the 50 Scariest Books of All Time.
So, tell me. Do you agree with the list? Would you have picked something else on it? I have to say that it's a pretty good list, though I would have picked The Shining over It for Stephen King, and lost boy lost girl over Ghost Story for Peter Straub.
Here's what I've read from the list:
It - Stephen King
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
Ghost Story - Peter Straub
Hell House - Richard Matheson
Dracula - Bram Stoker
some of Lovecraft's tBloodcurling Tales of HOrror and the Macabre
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
The Amityville Horror - Jay Anson
Books of Blood - Clive Barker (some of the stories for certain)
Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe - some of
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Ruins - Scott Smith
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary - M.R. James - some of
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon
The Wolfen - Whitley Streiber
18/50......sigh. Not as much as someone who reads horror regularly, should have read!
I also added a few to my list. The Ritual by Adam Neville looks very interesting, and I've had Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons on my to get list for a little while now. I own Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, just have to get to it now. I also own October Country, I just can't remember if I have read any stories from it yet. I think this list is missing among other things Angela' Carters The Bloody Chamber and other stories.
If you are looking for RIP books to read, this is a good resource list to begin with.