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The Creepiest Books We All Had to Read for School, Ranked

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I don’t do creepy. I watched Paranormal Activity in broad daylight and still got scared, I can’t listen to murder podcasts, and every time I hear a noise in my apartment I swiftly and resolutely come to terms with my mortality while thinking, “Hey, I lived a good life, right?”

The only creepy things I have ever faced with any amount of grit were the following books, and that’s because they were right there on the syllabus and I had ZERO CHOICE IN THE MATTER. Don’t get me wrong, they were wonderful, but I have a delicate constitution and will undoubtedly be sleeping with the lights on for the rest of my days. Here are those books, ranked in order of creepiness.

Topics: Books
Tags: the yellow wallpaper, frankenstein, edgar allan poe, horror novels, assigned reading, dracula, the sandman, scary books, mary shelley, franz kafka, bram stoker, the tell-tale heart, creepy books, the trial, in cold blood, truman capote, the island of doctor moreau, h.g. wells, e.t.a. hoffmann, charlotte perkins gilman, eek

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