For some reason the short story ''the boogeyman'' scared the bejesus out of me!
Not one other story or novel by Stephen has done that...and that's not a bad thing! I find them all the greatest adventure! It's all I ask of my fave author!
I don't know which book by itself is the scariest for me. They all kind of creep me out in some way. Rather, sections of each book have dramatic impacts on me that I think about afterward. Two in particular - the storm sewer in It and from Pet Semetary .
Pet Semetary without a doubt was the most scary SK book I have read. But then again there was The Cell that was scary cause you never know when something like that will really happen considering everyone toting cell phones.
To me, "The Boogeyman" is the opposite of "Needful Things". Some things scare the living sh out of people, and other things give people some peace. For example, if there was a clown living in my sewer, I'd call the local water company. But if there was a spider on my arm, I'd run screaming from my house like my hair was on fire.
As a lot of you have said "Pet Sematary" was probably his most frightening book to me, but it wasn't the most scared I've been reading a SK book.
True story, when I first read Salem's Lot, it was in the dead of winter and I used to sleep in a room with very loose windows that would rattle at the slightest breeze, well I was reading, at night of course, and got to the scene where Ralphie Glick pays Mark his first visit by knocking on Mark's second stroy bedroom window, and wouldn't you know, just as I'm reading that part of the story, the wind blows and my window rattles. I tell you I've never been more terrified reading a book in my life. I had to put it down and continue in the daylight hours.
Salem's Lot remains one of my favorite King books to this day, and that moment may be a big reason why.
I found Carrie, It, Cujo, The Shining and Pet Semetary very scary. The ones that weren't scary were Lisey's Story, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and Dolores Claiborne.
Pet Sematary would be my absolute number one.
I would agree nothing much scares me in reading things... but they do make me think about things... I will say the geralds game,dolores claiborne,rose madder trio was some of least favorite King work. BUT the ones I loved and have re-read far outweigh the ones i didn't like so much. King books for me are like pizza even if you try one you don't like so well it's still pretty good
I remember at the time I read it, I think IT scared the hell out of me. Just the idea that It was unstoppable...
I just read Salem's Lot for the first time though, and that was scary as hell. Had I not seen the movies a number of times before I read it, I think The Shining would probably be the scariest of all of them.