13 of My Favourite Creepy Lines from Novels

I love a good bit of suspense – don’t you? There are plenty of wonderfully engaging lines from masterful authors of thrilling tales, but here are my 13 favourite creepy lines from books I’ve read that made these books unputdownable. (Yes that is a word – well, sort of!)

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1. “No tears, please. It’s a waste of good suffering.”
― Clive Barker, The Hellbound Heart by Barker, Clive (2008) Paperback

2. “For a moment she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold, then, with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her violent and now final death-agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated.” – 
Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)


3. “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.” – Stephen King, The Shining

4. “Afterwards, he was never able to describe what he had seen: something huge, yes; something with the body of an enormous snake, but with the head of what…? There were three of them: three heads, three necks. The faces were dead, as if someone had constructed dolls from the parts of the corpses of humans and of animals. The faces were covered in purple patterns, tattooed in swirling indigo, turning the dead faces into strange, expressive, monstrous things.” – Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
– H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

6. “I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed: when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch — the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me.”
– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

7. “There were worse things than crucifixion. There were teeth.” – 
Stephen King, The Stand

8. “He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.” – 
Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death: And Other Stories (Penguin Gothic Classics)

9.”By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth (Wordsworth Classics)

10.”I shall never sleep calmly again when I think of the horrors that lurk ceaselessly behind life in time and in space, and of those unhallowed blasphemies from elder stars which dream beneath the sea, known and favoured by a nightmare cult ready and eager to loose them upon the world whenever another earthquake shall heave their monstrous stone city again to the sun and air.” – H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

11. “It was worse than anything. Mrs. Hall, standing open-mouthed and horror-struck, shrieked at what she saw, and made for the door of the house. Everyone began to move. They were prepared for scars, disfigurements, tangible horrors, but nothing! The bandages and false hair flew across the passage into the bar, making a hobbledehoy jump to avoid them. Everyone tumbled on everyone else down the steps. For the man who stood there shouting some incoherent explanation, was a solid gesticulating figure up to the coat-collar of him, and then—nothingness, no visible thing at all!”
– H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man (Penguin Classics)

12. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token, And the only word was spoken was the whispered word, ‘Lenore!'”
– Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

13. “It’s watchin’ us” Ralphie whispered. “Listen, I’m not gonna-” “No, Danny. Really. Can’t you feel it?” Danny stopped. And in the way of children, he did feel something and knew they were no longer alone. A great hush had fallen over the woods; but it was a malefic hush. Shadows, urged by the wind, twisted languorously around them.”
– Stephen King, Salem’s Lot


What are your favourite creepy lines? Leave a comment!

And read plenty more creepy lines at:

Buzzfeed: 33 of the Creepiest Lines in Literature
Shortlist: 30 Most Evil Lines from Books
Thought Catalog: 19 of the Most Chilling Lines in Literature
What Culture: 13 Scariest Stephen King Book Passages



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