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13 spine-tingling quotes from classic & modern horror authors

Words of eerie wisdom from Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and more.

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Most fears are basic: fear of the dark, fear of going down in the basement, fear of weird sounds, fear that somebody is waiting for you in your closet. Those kinds of things stay with you no matter what age.” —R.L. Stine


“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” —Edgar Allan Poe


“I am apt to find, in the laundry list, a scribble reading, ‘Shirley, don’t forget—no murder before chapter five.'” —Shirley Jackson



The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” —H. P. Lovecraft