Look. You can write all the horror stories you want. But until you have sex with your married boyfriend on your own mother's grave, you will never, ever be as goth as Mary Shelley. The life of a writer can be lonely and strange and sometimes even downright creepy. Not just the horror writers, either. Some popular novelists and even children's book authors have the odd skeleton tucked away, deep in their closet. Here are a few weird, disturbing, and truly creepy facts about some of your favorite authors, because the truth is creepier than fiction.
Some of the authors on this list are really quite quirky in their creepiness. They're eccentric. They hang out in graveyards, they bust ghosts, or maybe they do borderline creepy things, like believing in fairies. But some of these other authors are, to put it mildly, not the kind of people you want to bump into in a dark alleyway. These authors are walking around marrying thirteen year old girls, dressing up as their dead siblings, and literally murdering people. Yes, you may have read a bestselling book written by an actual murderer. So... on that note... enjoy these upsetting facts about some of the biggest names in literature: