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50 of the Most Disturbing Books of All Time

Dark, terrifying, shocking, chilling. These books have it all. Here are 50 of the most disturbing books of all time.
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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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Flowers in the Attic (V.C. Andrews)
Flowers in the Attic (V.C. Andrews)
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
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Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby Jr.)
Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby Jr.)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
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The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
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Zombie (Joyce Carol Oates)
Zombie (Joyce Carol Oates)
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Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
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Haunted (Chuck Palahniuk)
Haunted (Chuck Palahniuk)
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Go Ask Alice (Beatrice Sparks)
Go Ask Alice (Beatrice Sparks)
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Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
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I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (Harlan Ellison)
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (Harlan Ellison)
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Justine (Marquis De Sade)
Justine (Marquis De Sade)
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Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
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Perfume (Patrick Suskind)
Perfume (Patrick Suskind)
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Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
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The Collector (John Fowles)
The Collector (John Fowles)
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The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
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Unwind (Neal Shusterman)
Unwind (Neal Shusterman)
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The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)
The Lottery (Shirley Jackson)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
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Room (Emma Donoghue)
Room (Emma Donoghue)
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House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
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Blindness (José Saramago)
Blindness (José Saramago)
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
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It (Stephen King)
It (Stephen King)
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The Girl Next Door (Jack Ketchum)
The Girl Next Door (Jack Ketchum)
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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The Painted Bird (Jerzy Kosinski)
The Painted Bird (Jerzy Kosinski)
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Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
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Exquisite Corpse (Poppy Z. Brite)
Exquisite Corpse (Poppy Z. Brite)
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