Our authors tell us the scariest story they've ever read ...
We recently asked Fellowship of Fantasy authors what the scariest story they'd ever read was. Here are some of their answers.
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Coraline. I’m a bit of an arachnophobe, so the Other Mother was just... *shivers*
H. A. Titus
Hm. Well, The House of Leaves caused me to have a waking nightmare one night while I was trudging through it (it's a long, difficult book to read), so I'm going to say that. I'd never had a book give me nightmares before.
That would have to be a toss-up between Frank Peretti's "The Oath" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Both books sent that snaking shiver of fear up my spine that wouldn't let me turn the light out for fear that the Dragon or Dracula might be lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce once darkness reigned...
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
The Oath by Frank Peretti.
C. O. Bonham
This is a hard question, because there are different kinds of scary, but I'll say first there's a reason THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson is so iconic and the progenitor of the haunted house genre. There's another short story, and I'm so bad because I can't remember the author or the title, but I think of it nearly every time I see a cardboard box on the road, about Native American shapeshifters which have concealed themselves in our modern society, feeding as roadside trash on roadkill -- and the occasional too-curious human.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Tintin and The Seven Crystal Balls ... it had this desiccated mummy that (in a dream sequence, but still freaky) sneaked up on our bold young reporter, Tintin, and tossed a crystal ball at him. There were people in comas and it was all so very very scary for nine-year-old me.
H. L. Burke
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