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    Quote Originally Posted by AIMB View Post
    Well sadly i have never read any Lovecraft. Looks like I am going to have to pick it up though because I love both of those stories. My ADD kicks in when i try to read something older because of the "language barrier" I guess. Not a good thing for someone who loves to read.
    You should definetely pick up some Lovecraft...IMO, there isn't a real language barrier with his stuff - mostly, anyhow. I really enjoyed his "In the Mountains of Madness" (I think it's called) and certain other of his works. Be warned though, there is some popular culture you'll suddenly know is basing their stuff on Lovecraft :p

    For me, as for many others, the phone in 1408 with its SIX, this is SIX and all that jazz is just horrifying.

    There are certain other SK books such as Pet Sematary which I have re-read maybe 1 or 2 times since my original reading of it, since the whole damn thing just freaks me out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlex View Post
    To me, the most high tension, scariest - it would be the trip through the tunnel that Larry Underwood takes in The Stand when he's leaving NYC.
    Being a life-long NYer, I would have to agree that scene, without a doubt creeped me out the most!!!!!!!!

    Next was Danny going into the room (218?) in the Overlook and afte that, unfortunately, Floating Dragon and the "Wolfman in the house" scene!!!!!!

    Stu in Stovington facility was pretty scary as well. Real page turner!!!!

    Oh!!! and when the Vamp confronted Callahan in the kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I still have the occasional nightmare regarding all three!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I found myself INCREDIBLY creeped out in the Langoliers with the empty world. I initially read it what I was a music nerd living in a jock dorm. I was reading it on a Friday night at about midnight when the place was usually just obnoxiously loud. On this night however, there was just NOTHING going on outside my room. I was so affected by the book that I had to get dressed and walk clear up to the lobby to make sure there were still people around.

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    I enjoy Steve's writing very much but not many things actually scare me in a book, I just find them cool or messed up but 2 passages he wrote that creeped me out while reading were:

    The part in The Shining where they hear a party in the hotel and the elevator is full of confetti, man that was awesome. I really felt like I was standing there with them waiting for that door to open. Chills, man, chills!

    In Gerald's game when she woke up and saw the dude in the corner. That was literally the equivalent to a jump scare in the movies but while reading, to me.

    Honorable mention goes to Steve's reading of 1408...number 9 number 9....
    Love it!

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    The scariest King's passage for me is (expectedly) in Pet Sematary; I can't quote it verbatim because I am home alone, and the night is coming - I prefer not to touch this book under such circumstances. It's when

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    He is waiting for Gage to come back, and hears a sound in the house. The sound is stealthy, but at the same time it's obvious that the one who made it meant it to be heard.


    I really wish I hadn't remembered it now.

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    Absolutely Brice

    I think the scariest passage ever is the one from Misery where
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    Annie hobbles Paul. I actually felt that. The anticipation was gut wrenching

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    I can't give you the passage verbatim, and I can't recall if it was a flashback or not,
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    but Patrick Hockstetter smothering his baby brother. Another from IT that sticks with me is Henry's dad sitting in the darkened room with either a katana or gun across his lap, blaming Mike Hanlon's family for their misfortune. I think it led Henry to kill Mike's dog. Being a dog lover, it was a horrific thing to read.

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    For me it's the end of The Jaunt

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    Longer than you think dad, longer than you think!
    The image of the crazy kid screaming those words has been burnt in my mind ever since I read it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimimck View Post
    For me it's the end of The Jaunt

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    Longer than you think dad, longer than you think!
    The image of the crazy kid screaming those words has been burnt in my mind ever since I read it
    Couldn't agree more.

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    Full Dark, No Stars from the story 1922
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    The husband throws the wife's body in the well along with the bed clothes and a burlap sack. She is described as looking like she is dressed for a party. The burlap sack holding her hair back like a snood. Something about the word snood continues to scare me even as I am typing this. Later when she comes to the door with her loyal court of rats, her snood is flecked with snow...
    and my skin wants to crawl right off my body and hide under the bed until its all over.

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    Pet semetery in general tends to mess with my head

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    You might laugh but for me this (from DT): "...the most horrible fact of human existence is that broken hearts mend."

    Roland would have understood.

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    I also remember the end of The Road Virus Heads North scaring me when I first read it.


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    The chapter of "IT" titled "Another of The Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter" is one of the most frightening things I've ever read in a novel.
    Also, the two scenes that have already been mentioned from Gerald's Game were pretty damn scary.
    And, finally, this one isn't from King, but, in William Pete Blatty's The Exorcist, there is a scene where Regan's skin comes up in goose-flesh to spell "HELP ME", and that was actually THE most frightening thing I've ever read. I had to put down the book, go smoke a cigarette, calm down, and come back to it. There were a few scenes like that in that novel, but that one in particular. I get chills just thinking about it.
    Go then, there are other worlds than these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodpryan View Post
    The chapter of "IT" titled "Another of The Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter" is one of the most frightening things I've ever read in a novel.
    Also, the two scenes that have already been mentioned from Gerald's Game were pretty damn scary.
    And, finally, this one isn't from King, but, in William Pete Blatty's The Exorcist, there is a scene where Regan's skin comes up in goose-flesh to spell "HELP ME", and that was actually THE most frightening thing I've ever read. I had to put down the book, go smoke a cigarette, calm down, and come back to it. There were a few scenes like that in that novel, but that one in particular. I get chills just thinking about it.
    I'm totally with ya!!!

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    interesting how different everything is. I found the Hockstetter part deeply disturbing, but hardly scary - and the Help Me part in The Exorcist moved me almost to tears...

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    1922 of full dark, no stars is the story that caused more horror to my.

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    The Shining-where Danny was on the playground in the snow and that "thing" was in the tunnel-the only passage in any book that has chilled me to the bone. Also, N., one of the short stories in Full Dark. *shudders* Was extremely creepy, but still did not have the impact on me that The Shining did.
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    Apologies, "N" was in "Just After Sunset." brain meltdown there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Santos View Post
    Apologies, "N" was in "Just After Sunset." brain meltdown there
    you can always edit your posts, there's a special button


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    This passage from Pet Sematary freaked me out when I first read it, and has only become more chilling over time. You probably all know the one I'm talking about:

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    It was a moment with his son that Louis never forgot. As he had gone up and into the kite as a child himself, he now found himself going into Gage, his son. He felt himself shrink until he was within Gage's tiny house, looking out of the windows that were his eyes--looking out at a world that was so huge and bright, a world where Mrs. Vinton's field was nearly as big as the Bonneville Salt Flats, where the kite soared miles above him, the string drumming in his fist like a live thing as the wind blew around him, tumbling his hair.
    "Kite flyne!" Gage cried out to his father, and Louis put his arm around Cage's shoulders and kissed the boy's cheek, in which the wind had bloomed a wild rose.
    "I love you, Gage," he said--it was between the two of them, and that was all right.
    And Gage, who now had less than two months to live, laughed shrilly and joyously. "Kite flyne! Kite flyne, Daddy!"


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