From Carrie to It, The Stand to The Shining, and every book in between, it would be hard to find anyone (fan or not) to argue against the idea that Stephen King is one of the most prolific and successful horror voices of all time.

So when he makes a list of books that scared the pants off him, well…if you’re in the market, you should probably listen.

#9. Frankenstorm by Ray Garton

I guess it’s not always a bad thing when you’re old school – like this novel about the storm of a lifetime.

What Stephen King Said:

“Remember when paperback originals were cool? Sex, action, suspense? Try Frankenstorm by Ray Garton. It’s old school.”

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#8. The Accident by Chris Pavone

An author and a literary agent collide with the CIA over an about-to-be-published novel .

What Stephen King Said:

“If you like real nail-biters, this is the best of so far this year.”

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#7. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

A story of a young girl diagnosed with schizophrenia…or possessed by demon?

What Stephen King Said:

“Scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.” 

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#6. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

A series of disfigured corpses has detective Gabriella Versado questioning everything.

What Stephen King Said:

“Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn’t put it down.”

#5. The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

In this dark book, an odd collection of neighbors are forced together after a grisly accident, but they soon learn that they really don’t know each other at all.

What Stephen King Said:

“If you read Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls, her new one – The Killer Next Door – is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters.”

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#4. Day Four by Sara Lotz

When a cruise ship stops dead one day from port and all communications go down, no one is too worried…until they find the first body.

What Stephen King Said:

“The new Sarah Lotz novel, Day Four, is really good. It’s the cruise ship from hell.”

#3. Niceville by Carsten Stroud

An officer and his wife dig deep into the not-so-nice side of town – and into their own souls – in order to solve a series of strange crimes.

What Stephen King Said:

“A crazy-good supernatural/crime/horror epic. Blew me away.”

#2. You by Caroline Kepnes

When a bookseller begins to obsess over one of his customer and goes from stalker to boyfriend, things get real creepy.

What Stephen King Said:

“Hypnotic and scary. A little Ira Levin, a little Patricia Highsmith, and plenty of serious snark. Cool stuff.”

#1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

If you haven’t already grabbed this one, about a woman who thinks she witnesses a disappearance in a blacked-out alcoholic haze, now’s the time.

What Stephen King Said:

“Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect.”

h/t: Bustle

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