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I liked Peter Straub's "Ghost Story" (from 1979), a novel with a classic aspect to it that I can't quite define, but I can say that it had an eerie, dark quality that is lacking in today's horror stories.
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Stephen King has some really scary books. The Night of the Living Dead is not a book but it was the first scary movie I saw as a child. It is still with me ... people eating people! To this day, I can't watch horror/scary movies!
Once there was a 13 year old girl that was adopted. The night after she was adopted her new father got really bad chest pain. The new mom had to take him to the doctor overnight. The girl was doing homework so she had to stay home and finish it. It was a project, so she had to pull an all-nighter. She finally finished at about 6 p.m. the next day. The parents still were not home yet and she started to worry. To take her mind off of what was going on, she watched some t.v. She was watching a show and happened to glance out the window. A scary looking homeless man was staring at her from no more than two feet from her window. She, of course, screamed. She ran into her bedroom, convinced herself it was only her imagination and watched t.v. in her room. Twenty minutes later, the same man was at her window, closer this time, she ran into the living room and began reading a book. The man appeared again. The man was so close this time, it looked as if he was hiding behind a chair. She ran and called her parents, who were on their way home. She told them what happened and her father told her that they didn't have windows, only mirrors.
I say pick up a book of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories collected. I still get chills from the "Music of Erich Zann" and "The Call of Cthulhu." Pretty much any horror stories from the Victorian era or directly after the end of said era have a certain air of terror to them...Arthur Machen, of course, is another I can personally attest to for excellent writing. Also, for non-fiction horror, try "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, which is the true story of the construction and contractors of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and the walking horror story among them... I hope these suggestions are helpful! cheers!
Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It is creepy ghost story and uses a mysterious frame narrative (unknown narrator is narrating a letter that some guy is reading out loud about what the governess said happened to her) and so you can't tell if the story got screwed up somewhere along the way, or if the governess was psychotic and none it even happened, or what. And it has deep Freudian symbolism too (like all kinds of phallic imagery, etc.) We read it in Honors English and it gave me nightmares.
Any ot these posts. Jeez, people are dumb. Some of these answers. The answer is The Companion by Ramsey Campbell, the best horror writer around. Runner-up: O Whistle and I'll come to You, my Lad by MR James.