What Books Scared the Pants Off Me
The world's most compulsively readable writers share the novels that unexpectedly thrilled and terrified them. (Wait till you see what the author of Wolf Hall chose on slide two).

"Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger scared the holy bejesus out of me. In post-war England, a doctor becomes drawn into the life a family living in a decaying stately home, struggling to cope with a changing society. When strange things start happening in the old house, is there a rational explanation? What makes the book so deeply unsettling is the impeccable expertise with which Waters blurs the line between everyday reality and the encroaching supernatural. It's the simplest, most mundane things that gradually become the most terrifying."
— Tana French, author of The Secret Place