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29 Very Creepy Sentences From Literature That’ll Keep You Awake For Days

"But no animal escapes the cruel knife in the end." —George Orwell, Animal Farm

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community for their favorite creepy lines in literature. Here are the spine-tingling results.


1. "I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn't know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn't have loved her more."

—Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me

Suggested by emmas43

2. "Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in."

—Stephen King, The Shining

Suggested by iambe87

3. "I thought Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat."

—Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

Suggested by Giudetta Li-Anna Rizzuti, Facebook

4. "At the same time my eye caught my hand, thin so that it looked like a dirty skin-purse full of loose bones..."

—H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau

Suggested by kristak3

6. "Here is a small fact: You are going to die."

—Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Suggested by lisak4

7. "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

—Dante, Inferno

Suggested by Lauren Blehm, Facebook

8. "Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.' That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday."

—Albert Camus, The Stranger

Suggested by caitlinm18

9. "No live organism can continue for long to exist under conditions of absolute reality."

—Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Suggested by Jim Young, Facebook

11. "Mr. Croup began to laugh. It sounded like a piece of blackboard being dragged over the nails of a wall of severed fingers."

—Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

Suggested by mokie

12. "I felt lethal, on the verge of frenzy. My nightly bloodlust overflowed into my days and I had to leave the city. My mask of sanity was a victim of impending slippage."

—Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

Suggested by punchandpie

13. "...I gave commands;

Then all smiles stopped together.

There she stands

As if alive."

—Robert Browning, My Last Duchess

Suggested by moiras4

14. "'Everything down here floats,' that chuckling, rotten voice whispered..."

—Stephen King, It

Suggested by whatadickens


16. "But no animal escapes the cruel knife in the end."

—George Orwell, Animal Farm

Suggested by sarabri

17. “And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”

—Stephen King, Pet Sematary

Suggested by Samantha Vinson, Facebook

18. "On the butcher's-block counter, the severed hands were still poised on the rolling pin. She half-expected them to skitter suddenly across the counter as if they were two crabs."

—Dean Koontz, Phantoms

Suggested by lizard333

19. "I found

A thing to do, and all her hair

In one long yellow string I wound

Three times her little throat around,

And strangled her. No pain felt she..."

—Robert Browning, Porphyria's Lover

Suggested by heatherrf20

21. "Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together."

—Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

Suggested by lindscee

22. "Like one, that on a lonely road

Doth walk in fear and dread,

And having once turn'd round, walks on

And turns no more his head..."

—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Suggested by stephanief4

23. "‘You are the dead,’ repeated the iron voice."

—George Orwell, 1984

Suggested by laurenc

24. "He is laughing, at me, at this pain. I've not met anyone like him. I know now how Mickey felt when he met me. This is a monster in the flesh of a man."

—Pierce Brown, Red Rising

Suggested by kellyb4

26. "With trembling fingers, I prised open the front of the upright coffin, with its

sculpted face caught in a rictus of pain. Then, overcome, I dropped the key I still held in my other hand. It dropped into the forming pool of her blood."

—Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Suggested by estratton453

27. "'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 out, I put her back.'"

—Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Suggested by fizzabelleluna

28. "Chanted loudly, chanted lowly

Till her blood was frozen slowly

And her eyes were darken'd wholly."

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott

Suggested by rsmith8235

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