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    When you want scary, you want something that isn't supernatural, just an inescapable fact of life. Here, King establishes a completely new category of scary:

    "Shall I tell you what sociology teaches us about the human race? I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Show me a man or woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent that charming thing we call 'society.' Give me four and they’ll build a pyramid. Give me five and they’ll make one an outcast. Give me six and they’ll re-invent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they’ll re-invent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of his opposite number, and is always trying to get back home."

    - The Stand

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    Herman Pynchot's fatal attraction to a garbage disposal
    ...always had a problem with kitchen appliances after reading this.

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    I remember being shocked by the violence in both Desperation and Regulators when I first read it--at the time, King had never gone that far.

    The 217 scene in The Shining was pretty scary when I first read it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozymandias View Post
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    The one thing that has stuck with me re: creepiness factor is the phone in room 1408. That's the only King story that ever really wierded me out.

    Six! This is six!
    <Shudders> Very creepy indeed
    Gotta agree. I just never felt quite right when reading it. Just always had this weird feeling in me. Only book or story that has ever done that to me.
    Yeah, same here. I get scared by book or movies once in a blue moon but when I was reading that short story.. I felt so so.. uncomfortable. And this feeling was scary indeed. I thought: 'maybe I should continue it in the morning' - but of course I couldn't put it down.
    Anyway this story is so incredibly good. Simple still it scares the death out of you.

    Roland would have understood.

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    Desperation shocked me too, but the thing I think I found the scariest was the passage in IT where
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    you hear how Stan died and see his gory warning/suicide note simply saying, "It" - that really gave me the shivers.

    I think it was so scary because it relayed how immensely afraid the characters were, so you as the reader knew you were in for a rough ride.

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    Have to agree with the Lincoln Tunnel scene from the Stand. There are many runners up, but this one for me takes the cake.
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    Many scenes in It (including those mentioned above) freak me out.

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    Adding to my previous post:
    The Regulators - going deeper and deeper into the mine. My severe claustrophobia doesn't help, either!
    The Wastelands - One word: Blaine.
    Children of the Corn - the description of the church :shudder:
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    The Lincoln Tunnel scene, and the thing under the castle in Dark Tower 7.


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    Pet Sematary was extremely scary for me. It was my first King book, and I started it only a few months after I experienced the first death of someone I knew. My 8th grade GF was killed in a car wreck when her idiot brother was screwing with the radio. I stayed home a lot after that and that is when I decided to clear my head by reading a book. Looking back, I could have made a better choice of read. Now, as a 30 something, I find King scary in different ways. 1408 did make me feel weird while reading very late a few months ago while everyone slept. Good thing I did not watch the movie first. Finishing up Desperation now, shows more violence than I remember. Most of my early King books were Different Season's(Apt Pupil was chilling),Needful Things, Bag of Bones, Tommyknockers and Dreamcatcher. So, The Dark Tower was just a joy and not as violent to me as it may have been to others. If Regulators gets worse than Desperation, then I guess I am in for a treat.


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    The lawn jockey scene in Duma Key creeped me out more than anything in other SK books so far. Totally random.

    And the first time I read the Wastelands, I think that Blaine might have spooked me too. I don't clearly remember though.

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    This one is not King, but Peter Straub and even though I read it over 20 years ago I still recall it as one of the most spine tingling passages I have ever read. I believe the book was Floating Dragon (could be Ghost Story my memory has gone to shit lately) There is a scene where the local football star confronts a werewolf at the top of the stairs and the beast smashes his head against the wall and proceeds to come down the stairs dragging the kids brains along the wall as he descends. Very Creepy

    Damn scared myself just typing that!! lol lol

    Anyone with a better memory recall that passage?

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    Again, this is not King, but I was a read-a-holic as a kid and never even considered anything that wasn't on the NY Times best-seller list. Then I had a teacher who convinced me that classic's are classic's for a reason.

    Hence, I read "Bram Stokers Dracula" and man what a creepy & scary story especially in the way it is written. Frankenstien was great as well. Probably got me going on my SK obsession lol lol

    Just my 3 beans on the matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by BROWNINGS CHILDE View Post
    Have to agree with the Lincoln Tunnel scene from the Stand. There are many runners up, but this one for me takes the cake.
    I totally agree with this!


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    The death of Eddie Corocan in IT.

    You knew that he was dead already, but just the idea that King would kill off this 12 year old boy,have him murdered by It, was so awful. I was 11 when I read it, and its just so creepy. You've read about the other Losers having their experiences with Pennywise, but for some reason or another (quick thinking or just dumb luck) they got away. Eddie didn't. He died in the park on the last day of school, torn apart by something that looked like the creature from the Black Lagoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delah View Post
    The death of Eddie Corocan in IT.
    That part was very creepy, especially when Mike Hanlon rides his bike over to the park, in the fog, the next morning.

    Especially -

    The foam broke apart, became meaningless again, and at that moment there was a loud splash on his right. Mike snapped his head around, shrinking back a little, and for a moment he believed he saw something in the shadows of the outflow tunnel where the Canal resurfaced after its course under downtown.
    Then it was gone.


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    The scariest passage King ever wrote for me was

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    when Rachel came home to Louis in Pet Semetary. He hears he walk in and... "Darling", it said. BAM!! I had to read it twice before my brain fully grasped the horror of the passage.
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    Pet Sematary was always one of the scariest books for me. On recent reread, having two new twin daughters (18 mos), the book took on a horrible aspect that hadnt really affected me as strongly in previous reads.
    Pet Sematary spoiler


    These things, though not necessarily scary were truly horrible, especially from a father's aspect.
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    don't even mention Pet Sematary to me, or I won't be able to sleep

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    Quote Originally Posted by BROWNINGS CHILDE View Post
    Pet Sematary was always one of the scariest books for me. On recent reread, having two new twin daughters (18 mos), the book took on a horrible aspect that hadnt really affected me as strongly in previous reads.
    Pet Sematary spoiler


    These things, though not necessarily scary were truly horrible, especially from a father's aspect.
    isn't it interesting how this book changes so dramatically once a child is in your life? i never thought twice about it until my god daughter was born. i haven't read it since. i just can't bring myself to pick it up.






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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie real View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BROWNINGS CHILDE View Post
    Pet Sematary was always one of the scariest books for me. On recent reread, having two new twin daughters (18 mos), the book took on a horrible aspect that hadnt really affected me as strongly in previous reads.
    Pet Sematary spoiler


    These things, though not necessarily scary were truly horrible, especially from a father's aspect.
    isn't it interesting how this book changes so dramatically once a child is in your life? i never thought twice about it until my god daughter was born. i haven't read it since. i just can't bring myself to pick it up.
    I actually almost cried a couple of times, and books rarely affect me so powerfully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ola View Post
    The lawn jockey scene in Duma Key creeped me out more than anything in other SK books so far. Totally random.

    And the first time I read the Wastelands, I think that Blaine might have spooked me too. I don't clearly remember though.
    Amen, AMEN!!!

    It truly scared the bejesus out of me.

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    The scariest words Stephen King ever wrote:

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    The End
    The Awesomest fled across the desert and The Awesomer followed.

    If you rescue me
    I’ll be your friend forever


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