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    Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.

    blog imageBeing horror literature fans ourselves, we have endless debates over which is the scariest book of all time. To settle this once and for all, we thought we'd ask our customers to share the book that made them sleep with the lights on and look twice under the bed. The results will be revealed a few weeks before Halloween and they'll be the most frightening reading list of all time. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    Just tell us below which is the most terrifying book you've ever read and you'll be in with a chance to win 3 sets of the Penguin Horror series! The competition ends on Friday 4 October.

    Update: Competition extended to Monday 7 October.

    Update -- winners: Alexander Theihzen, Alex Burchmore, Oliver Robinson The results of our survey are here!

    Competition now closed

    Posted by Anna Anna

    Categories: competition, Horror

    Scariest books

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    1. 1. No purchase necessary. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt of entry.

      2. To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the competition closing date. All entries shall become the property of The Book Depository, and their directors, officers, representatives, advertising and promotional agencies are not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

      3. The competition is open to all excluding residents of Italy. Parents/guardians must submit the entry for those under the age of 16. Images must not contain photographs of minors without an adult's consent.

      4. The prize winner will be decided by The Book Depository. The Book Depository will not enter into correspondence about the choice of winner.

      5. The competition ends as specified on the competition page -- no entry received after that time will be considered. The winner will be announced as specified on the competition page. There is one prize

      6. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

      7. The prize winner will be notified by telephone/email. If the selected entrant does not meet all of the contract conditions, another entrant will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.

      8. The competitions are not open to employees of The Book Depository and their sponsors or their immediate families.

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      10. The decisions of the contest judges are final. The prize must be accepted as awarded.

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      13. Entries must be submitted by the named entrant (or their parent/guardian for children aged 16 or under) and will be invalid if found to come from a third party. Multiple entries from a single source (e.g 'competition entry' website/company) will be disqualified.

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      17. The Promoters have organised these prize draws in good faith and do not accept liability relating to the prize.


    1. Nathane Sabino's avatar Nathane Sabino

      Fingers crossed. ♥

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:06
    2. Karoliina Ollikainen's avatar Karoliina Ollikainen

      Guillermo del Toro. Horror books. This is the best contest ever. Stephen King's short stories often freak me out. I'm not a huge fan of his novels, but the short stories are so deliberately vague and effortlessly creepy.

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:10
    3. daniel's avatar daniel

      I'm so eager to win this! We all know Poe Lovecraft and such, but let's do not forget about Matheson!

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:11
    4. Francisco Pires's avatar Francisco Pires

      I want to win these so much it's not even funny!!!!

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:10
    5. Robert Burns's avatar Robert Burns

      hay ho what a fundickity about of book i sure a hell josh tooting would love to win all those book it would be spendifious and would make my life complete, well if i was not able to win all these magnificent books i would just be the saddest piece of poop ever ever.

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:05
    6. chatzis dimitrios's avatar chatzis dimitrios

      What an amazing collection of books Reading them is a great experience... I'd love to win them

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36
    7. Fernanda de Oliveira's avatar Fernanda de Oliveira

      Send these great books to Brazil! I wouldn't mind of having nightmares at night :D Good luck for us all!

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:35
    8. Constadina's avatar Constadina

      Omg what an amazing prize and what amazing covers! I'd love to win them!!!!

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:22
    9. Marion Boock's avatar Marion Boock

      Would love to win

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:09
    10. Marion Boock's avatar Marion Boock

      Great prize. I hope to win.

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:08
    11. william young's avatar william young

      I hope this doesn't count as hijacking this thread - but while we are discussing scary stories - does anyone know of any really terrifying for young children? My sons love scary books and do not get nightmares. The best we have found so far It Ate Billy On Christmas (Do not give this to a child before reading it yourself - it will scare some children silly) The Tailypo - A brilliant ghost story - again should be checked by parents first. The Wolves in Walls These are the only really scary picture we have ever found, but sons find most of the scary stories to dull and not at all frightening. If anyone knows of anything like these, please join in.

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:41
    12. Ray Clune's avatar Ray Clune

      HP Lovecraft wrote some very scary stories - I particularly love, At the mountains of madness, the colour out of space and the Dunwich horror.

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:23
    13. Fiona Dotter's avatar Fiona Dotter

      Poe knew how to build the sense of dread that to me IS horror. GDT you are a fantastical, incredible, beautiful genius and Pan's Labyrinth is my favourite film of all time. Thank you so much for being you!

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:47
    14. Georgia Kokkota's avatar Georgia Kokkota

      Wow! Cool prize!! Hope I win!!

      Posted Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:43

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