It has happened to us all at least once. You decide to read a few pages before going to sleep. What could be better than winding down with a good book? Alas, the thrilling horror that kept us turning the page all day and made the commute fly by, is now the terrifying architect of your nightmares. These creepiest ever lines from horror books are proof of just that, and sure to make an appearance in your dreams tonight. It is a testament to the skill of a great writer that the sentences they craft can elicit such strong emotions from readers, however sometimes things can be a little too real. And a little too scary.
Everyone has their own particular thing or situation that scares them. Whether it's being buried alive, the eerie awareness you are not alone, or the many vivid and unnerving incarnations of hell that literature has presented us with throughout the centuries, we hang on to these images and memories when we would most rather forget all about them. But that's part of the power of a truly terrifying sentence — even if you want to forget them, you probably can't quite let go. So if sleeping tonight isn't really on your agenda, read on for the spookiest sentences in literature.