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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 11:06 PM
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25. "Legion" by William Peter Blatty.
It was supposed to be the sequel to the Exorcist, so it's often confused with the movie sequel and it's not.
I read that book when I was locked up in a halfway house in Golden, Colorado in the 80's.
It scared the piss out of me.
When I was done, I immediately read it again and that time was even worse.
Flat out, the scariest book I have ever read.

"The Stand" is a close second.
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  -Have you ever read a book that scared you?.. one_voice  Oct-19-11 07:20 PM   #0 
  - I don't read scarry books. Unless of course you count the odd book by  applegrove   Oct-19-11 07:34 PM   #1 
  - Scary/supernatural are my...  one_voice   Oct-19-11 08:28 PM   #7 
  - I think the Shining  LoveMyCali   Oct-19-11 07:55 PM   #2 
  - I'm not sure about scared... but there were two books that affected...  MiddleFingerMom   Oct-19-11 08:02 PM   #3 
  - I didn't read "Thinner"...I did read...  one_voice   Oct-19-11 08:29 PM   #8 
  - There's a master's thesis in abnormal psych  hifiguy   Oct-20-11 03:18 PM   #53 
  - Misery  pokerfan   Oct-19-11 08:14 PM   #4 
  - Seconded.  mwb970   Oct-20-11 06:23 AM   #28 
  - If you ever write that thesis, I'll be your number one fan.  MiddleFingerMom   Oct-20-11 08:03 PM   #56 
     - The sledge was bad (book spoilers)  pokerfan   Oct-20-11 09:00 PM   #57 
     - "It's cockadoodie time!"  pacalo   Oct-20-11 10:15 PM   #64 
  - One of those E.S.T. books back in the 70's.. I couldn't put my finger on EXACTLY  annabanana   Oct-19-11 08:16 PM   #5 
  - "The Exorcist"  blogslut   Oct-19-11 08:20 PM   #6 
  - I didn't read the book...  one_voice   Oct-19-11 08:32 PM   #9 
  - For me  blogslut   Oct-19-11 08:49 PM   #11 
  - That's my choice, & I also read it when I was around your age.  pacalo   Oct-20-11 10:05 PM   #61 
  - there were some koontz books, i would find myself reading at 2 in the morning  seabeyond   Oct-19-11 08:47 PM   #10 
  - I haven't read any of Koontz's books, but I saw his "Intensity" movie & became a fan.  pacalo   Oct-20-11 10:22 PM   #65 
  - "The Shining" scared me, and I was reading it during the day.  Lars39   Oct-19-11 09:01 PM   #12 
  - Salems Lot  Katarina   Oct-19-11 09:09 PM   #13 
  - I believe I threw that book across the room...  Tikki   Oct-19-11 11:02 PM   #23 
  - Salem's Lot. For a while, I was dreaming about vampires in my apartment. nt  raccoon   Oct-20-11 07:52 AM   #31 
  - Yep.  GreenPartyVoter   Oct-20-11 11:52 AM   #37 
  - Due to the time and place and the section of the book  rurallib   Oct-19-11 09:11 PM   #14 
  - I think the first book that gave me chills was King's The Stand.  Swede   Oct-19-11 09:27 PM   #15 
  - The description of Larry and Nadine going through the Lincoln Tunnel gave me total creeps.  cherokeeprogressive   Oct-19-11 11:04 PM   #24 
  - "The Beckoning Fair One" Oliver Onions in the book Widdershins:  dimbear   Oct-19-11 10:09 PM   #16 
  - "The Haunting of Hill House" and "House of Leaves"  XemaSab   Oct-19-11 10:13 PM   #17 
  - Stephen King's books....  OhioChick   Oct-19-11 10:15 PM   #18 
  - Yep.  GoCubsGo   Oct-20-11 12:56 PM   #40 
  - "Haunted and the Haunters" Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton  dimbear   Oct-19-11 10:16 PM   #19 
  - I once read a book full of violence, killing, maiming, incest, infant slaying and depravity  Arugula Latte   Oct-19-11 10:20 PM   #20 
  - I haven't been scared by a book in over forty years.  Silver Swan   Oct-19-11 10:26 PM   #21 
  - A Handmaids Tale  JitterbugPerfume   Oct-19-11 10:29 PM   #22 
  - That's mine, too.  iris27   Oct-20-11 12:03 AM   #27 
  - Yeah, that book is terrifying, especially for a young female like I was at the time of the reading.  Arugula Latte   Oct-20-11 11:54 AM   #38 
  - "Legion" by William Peter Blatty.  givemebackmycountry   Oct-19-11 11:06 PM   #25 
  - Yes indeed.  azul   Oct-19-11 11:47 PM   #26 
  - Well, just skimming any Coulter book can be pretty rough. /nt  mwb970   Oct-20-11 06:24 AM   #29 
  - Go Ask Alice  Inchworm   Oct-20-11 07:49 AM   #30 
  - "The Judge's House," by Bram Stoker. Short story. really scared me when I first read it. nt  raccoon   Oct-20-11 07:53 AM   #32 
  - wait wut?  OriginalGeek   Oct-20-11 10:30 PM   #66 
     - Stoker did write several other books. I tried one, THE LADY OF THE SHROUD.  raccoon   Oct-21-11 08:06 AM   #70 
  - "Misery" and just recently "Martin Eden" by Jack London  YankeyMCC   Oct-20-11 08:02 AM   #33 
  - The Exorcist was quite scary  Kingofalldems   Oct-20-11 08:13 AM   #34 
  - Before the 2000 elections was a truthful book about Shrubby that scared the hell out of me.  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-20-11 11:41 AM   #35 
  - Was it Molly Ivins' book?  MountainLaurel   Oct-20-11 09:30 PM   #60 
     - Yes - that's the one! Thanks!  Rabrrrrrr   Oct-21-11 08:16 AM   #71 
  - Oh yes...  LeftishBrit   Oct-20-11 11:49 AM   #36 
  - Yep.  Iggo   Oct-20-11 12:27 PM   #39 
  - Gerald's Game n/t  ceile   Oct-20-11 01:20 PM   #42 
     - Yikes!  Iggo   Oct-20-11 02:03 PM   #47 
        - Oh, that book gets much, much worse  XemaSab   Oct-21-11 10:46 AM   #73 
  - 'Salem's Lot scared the crap out of me.  City Lights   Oct-20-11 12:58 PM   #41 
  - The first time I read "Salem's Lot" , I was a young (twenty something)  madmom   Oct-20-11 01:20 PM   #43 
  - The Shining and Salem's Lot  frogmarch   Oct-20-11 01:22 PM   #44 
  - When I read the Stepford Wives, I was sure my husband would do that to me if he could. nt  valerief   Oct-20-11 01:37 PM   #45 
  - Taliban by Ahmed Rashid  mulsh   Oct-20-11 01:50 PM   #46 
  - "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill - who btw is Stephen King's son. nt  hack89   Oct-20-11 02:45 PM   #48 
  - Salem's Lot scared the crap out of me too. So did The Shining.  Avalux   Oct-20-11 02:48 PM   #49 
  - The Bible.  kayakjohnny   Oct-20-11 02:56 PM   #50 
  - same here  Duppers   Oct-21-11 05:10 AM   #69 
  - A couple of Stephen King's novels unnerved me  hifiguy   Oct-20-11 03:15 PM   #51 
  - "The Exorcist". I read it before I saw the movie  livetohike   Oct-20-11 03:17 PM   #52 
  - I have read ;most of the Stephen King and Dean Koontz  RebelOne   Oct-20-11 04:29 PM   #54 
  - now? Steven King short stories- creepy as hell, much  tigereye   Oct-20-11 08:03 PM   #55 
  - I was reading Stephen King's "It" in bed & was utterly terrified. Then my cat jumped up and landed  msanthrope   Oct-20-11 09:17 PM   #58 
  - "The Authoritarians"  BiggJawn   Oct-20-11 09:25 PM   #59 
  - Ann Rule's book  KT2000   Oct-20-11 10:09 PM   #62 
  - 'The End of Alice' by A.M. Homes  nomorenomore08   Oct-20-11 10:10 PM   #63 
  - the Bible (stolen from a motel room)  mysuzuki2   Oct-20-11 10:55 PM   #67 
  - As a kid, a collection of horror stories my sisters owned scared me  csziggy   Oct-21-11 12:48 AM   #68 
  - I was up late all alone reading Marathon Man...  Demoiselle   Oct-21-11 10:05 AM   #72 
  - The "we are the dead" scene in 1984...  Scatterheart   Oct-21-11 10:56 AM   #74 
  - Salem's Lot. I couldn't read another Stephen King book for a year  Zorra   Oct-21-11 10:59 AM   #75 
  - The Michigan Murders  1gobluedem   Oct-21-11 11:01 AM   #76 
  - I read "Rebuilding America's Defenses" by PNAC  jmowreader   Oct-23-11 09:56 PM   #77 
  - Helter Skelter  merh   Oct-23-11 10:37 PM   #78 

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