Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Today’s topics was book quotes that fit X theme, and then the theme was a freebie, we could pick anything we wanted! So I picked book quotes that I thought were creepy/scary/frightening. Anything that gave me that shiver up my spine…
1 – “God! Whose hand was I holding?” The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
There are few things that scare me more than the thought of a ghost or entity or demon holding my hand while I’m standing there thinking it’s my companion or something…
2 – “I am your number one fan” Misery by Stephen King.
Honestly, the thought of being stuck inside with a psychopath, while I am confined to a bed, no thank you. But what makes this even worse is that you just KNOW what she’s about to put him through…
3 – “Oh yes,” said the other mother. “I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back.” Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
This book absolutely terrified me from start to finish, I actually refuse to watch the film because those little button eyes would give me NIGHTMARES.
4 – “It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told.” The Silence of The Lambs by Thomas Harris.
Arguably not the scariest quote from the book, but one that definitely makes me stop dead in my tracks and sends shivers down my spine. I hate this line so much 😦
5 – “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.” The Shining by Stephen King.
Whenever I re-read The Shining I can’t help but see the film playing out in my head at the same time, and whenever I read this line I always think of Jack Torrence as he’s slowly losing his mind in the Overlook Hotel, and honestly him swinging that axe is something that has always stuck with me.
And a special mention for…
“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” Inferno by Dante.
I’ve seen these words time and time again in different places and they SHIT ME UP every time. Whether it be in film or written text, there is just something when I read these that makes me want to pack up everything and move to Mars where it is safe from whatever lies in the hellhole beyond.
So, there are my top 5 creep/scary book quotes! I only picked the ones that genuinely scared me, even though there are more that others would consider to be included!
Until next time, Em xxx