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Scariest lines and quotes from Classic Literature this halloween

The Scariest Lines From Literature💀

Halloween is right around the corner and with that comes the perfect (justified) excuse to cosy up with a book that will, without a doubt, scare us stupid. If you’re not in the spooky spirit just yet, or perhaps need a little bit of inspo for which book to get stuck into, then take a look at this selection of quotes that we’ve put together. It might just give you that little bit of direction you were hoping for! We’d love to hear if you have any more quotes to add. 


It - Stephen King

“Smells of dirt and wet and long-gone vegetables would merge into one unmistakable ineluctable smell, the smell of the monster, the apotheosis of all monsters. It was the smell of something for which he had no name: the small of It, crouched and lurking and ready to spring. A creature which would eat anything but was especially hungry for boymeat.”

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

“I swear it on my own mother’s grave.” 
“Does she have a grave?“ asked Coraline.
“Oh yes,“ said the other mother. “ I put her in there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl, I put her back.” 


Dracula - Bram Stroker

“Even if she be not harmed, her heart may fail her in so much and so many horrors; and hereafter she may suffer–both in waking, from her nerves, and in sleep, from her dreams.”

Knock - Fredrik Brown

“The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.”

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

 “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”


The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

“The brain had its own food on which it battened, and the imagination, made grotesque by terror, twisted and distorted as a living thing by pain, danced like some foul puppet on a stand and grinned through moving masks.”

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

“Do you think she can see us, talking to one another now? Do you think the dead come back and watch the living?”


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

“…That insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born; and at every hour of weakness, and in the confidence of slumber, prevailed against him, and deposed him out of life.”

The Tempest - William Shakespeare

 “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” 

Antigonish - William Hughes Mearns

“Last night I saw upon the stair A little man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. Oh, how I wish he’d go away.”

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Pat - November 10, 2023


Manya Gupta - November 9, 2023

The day I was born a new devil was also born

Kathi Harrison - October 23, 2023

Thanks for the scary Writing Prompts!

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