Scary Book Quotes

11 Creepy Quotes to Send Shivers Down Your Spine

Have you ever read one of those horror novels that chills you to the bone and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Do you shut off the lights in your basement then sprint back up the stairs? Maybe that’s just me, but that’s beside the point.


This month is October and that means all things chilly, spooky, and eerie. With Halloween right around the corner, I always like to get a little scared; sometimes being creeped out can be fun. Authors like Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe seem to personify all things dark and strange. Would I recommend spending a night in a haunted house with nothing but a scary book and a candle? No, probably not.


However, on a cool fall night with the moon peeking over clouds and leaves scraping along the sidewalk, it may be fun to read something that fits the mood. I’ve gathered a list of eleven creepy, ghoulish quotes from some of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) scary literary works. Enjoy…


…if you dare…


1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King


And in the way of children, he did feel something and knew they were no longer alone. A great hush had fallen over the woods; but it was a malefic hush. Shadows, urged by the wind, twisted languorously around them.


2. American Psycho by Bret Eaton Ellis


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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.”


3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


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I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed: when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch–the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me.


4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


“I don’t like to look out of the windows even–there are so many of those creeping women, and they creep so fast.
I wonder if they all come out of that wallpaper as I did?”


5. The Tell-Tale Heart (Bantam Classics) by Edgar Allan Poe


He had the eye of a vulture–a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees– very gradually–I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.


6. Pet Sematary: A Novel by Stephen King


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“Dead fields under a November sky, scattered rose petals brown and turning up at the edges, empty pools scummed with algae, rot, decomposition, dust…”


7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


“Silence lay heavily upon the wood and the stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”


8. A Rose for Emily (Tale Blazers) by William Faulkner


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“Then we noticed that in the second was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.”


9. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


“At the same time a light unexpectedly sprang up, and I saw Carmilla, standing, near the foot of my bed, in her white nightdress, bathed, from her chin to her feet; in one great stain of blood.


10. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass


“Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there’s a peephole in the door, and my keeper’s eye is in the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.”


11. The Shining by Stephen King


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His breath stopped in a gasp. An almost drowsy terror stole through his veins. Yes. Yes. There was something in here with him, some awful thing the Overlook had saved for just such a chance as this. Maybe a huge spider that had burrowed down under the dead leaves, or a rat… or maybe the corpse of some little kid that died here on the playground. Had that ever happened? At the far end of the concrete ring, Danny heard the stealthy crackle of dead leaves, as something came for him on its hands and knees.


Got goosebumps? Feel a sudden chill? Sense you’re not alone? Honestly, it’s all just in your head. BUT that doesn’t mean these eerie quotes won’t get you in the Halloween spirit. Happy reading, friends…


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