When I really think about it though, I actually do still read a lot of scary stories and they're all under the guise of 'classic literature'. Does it somehow make it less terrifying that I'm reading about a different era? I don't know. What I do know is that there are some truly spine tingling classics out there and I really have to share them with you.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Moors and big dogs are terrifying, ok?!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Ditto about the moors part.
The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
Floating heads, odd smells and even odder people in Venice.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
It's Poe, need I say more?
Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
This caused a number of sleepless nights.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
He's a vampire, of course it's terrifying!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
He's scary, but I did oddly have a soft spot for Frankenstein's monster.
Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Uncanny Stories by May Sinclair
The uncanny is perhaps the freakiest thing ever.
Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these! What is your scariest read?