Originally Posted by MLai
Stephen Gammell, illustrator of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
I absolutely could not read that book alone when I discovered it in primary school. We read it aloud when there's a whole bunch of us together.
Those pictures scared the hell out of me as a child. Couldn't sleep for a week after seeing those and even to day they give me the creeps.
Best horror? Define best.
Personally, for me, it's always about these:
1. The original, black and white, The Haunting
. Scares the tar out of you without anything actually happening. The absolute pinnacle of atmospheric scares.
2. Night of the Living Dead
. It's not about the zombies, folks.
3. John Carpenter's The Thing
and the Hudson Hawk Thing From Another World
back to back. Great movies and still so tense that you could imagine the sound of guitar strings snapping under the strain.
4. House on Haunted Hill
. The original Vincent Price version. Not because it was particularly scary, mind, but because it was one that terrified me as a child and to this day gives me a guilty little thrill every year.