10 Bone-Chilling Quotes from Literature

There are so many good horror novels out there that frighten us all to the bone. Whether it’s the fear of a nuclear holocaust, or just the basic fear of normal people, there are many sentences and phrases that stick out of each great work to thrust deep into our soul and forces us to remember each novel. Here are ten of our favorite, most chilling quotes from literature!




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“My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape.”

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis



“A census taker tried to quantify me once. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone.”

Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris



“Inside me I’m screaming, nobody pays any attention. If I had arms, I could kill myself. If I had legs, I could run away. If I had a voice, I could talk and be some kind of company for myself. I could yell for help, but nobody would help me.”

Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo



“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft



 “With a mocking smile, he placed one hand upon my shoulder and, holding me tight, bared my throat with the other, saying as he did so: ‘First, a little refreshment to reward my exertions.'”

DraculaBram Stoker



“For a moment she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold, then, with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her violent and now final death-agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated.”

The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe



“There were times when John Wade wanted to open up Kathy’s belly and crawl inside and stay there forever. He wanted to swim through her blood and climb up and down her spine and drink from her ovaries and press his guns against the firm red muscle of her heart.”

In The Lake Of The WoodsTim O’Brien



“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled …”

A Modest ProposalJonathan Swift



“I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.”

In Cold BloodTruman Capote



“Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks. Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns.”

NightElie Weisel






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