Question by  Jenn09 (176)

What is the scariest Stephen King novel written?

I am having a hard time choosing between It and The Stand, but then there are so many others, Carrie, Cojo, and even Derma Key.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Which novel is "scariest" is subjective. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing a particular title, depending on what it is each of them finds most terrifying.


Answer by  Solomon42 (80)

The scariest Stephen King novel is, without a doubt, The Shining. Typical of Stephen King, the twist at the end of the story just wrenches the breath from your chest. The book revolves around a long ago murder by a crazy man...who just may be the same man in the future, who is also going crazy. aaah!


Answer by  sashangeljaz (992)

For my money, the scariest book Stephen King ever wrote was "The Shining". The buildup of suspense was frightening. The gradual deterioration of the main character as seen through the eyes of his frightened wife and his young son is emotionally involving and the unraveling secret of the hotel they are staying in is very scary.


Answer by  MelvinVanhorn (826)

The Stand, and its not even close. The novel It to me is much longer, wordier, wannabe version of the novella The Body. Cujo never scared me, and Carrie is okay, for being his first novel. His novel The Eyes of the Dragon is actually sort of chilling, if not "scary".


Answer by  newgeneration (699)

Many of Stephen King's novels are scary, but each is scary in its own way. Determining which novel is scariest depends on what the reader finds scary. Many find "It" terrifying, as it takes a symbol of childhood - a clown - and turns it into a sadistic murderer.


Answer by  JimmyMace (74)

"Christine" is one of his first books - as a result he spent more time building the suspense and conveying the terror of the people in the story.


Answer by  starr (93)

It and The Stand are indeed the scariest. It's all personal preference. What's scary to you might not be scary to me, and other people. I'm going to go with It though.


Answer by  Ondaatje (71)

Personally, I prefer the "Dark Tower" series, but I think that if you're looking for something scary, you're probably right to go with "It." "The Stand" is good too.


Answer by  thewindrose (642)

Personally, I didn't think "The Stand" was very scary at all - it was more of a mental mind game, than a true horror story. Between the two, "It" is definitely one of the most scariest, and "Carrie" and "Cujo" are also frightening.


Answer by  cafish (2035)

"The Stand" is the scariest book written. It seemed to have a scary comparison to the Revelations in the bible. Only off the deep end. It was almost a slap in the face to those who believed in the bible. Like Revelations and other parts of the bible being written by someone on LSD.


Answer by  snappies (579)

For me, the scariest Stephen King book was, Christine. I am not sure what creeped me out about it the most, but I remember being really scared when I was alone while I read the book. It was the way it was written that got under my skin. I also thought The Shining was scary.

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