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Suspenseful Classic Books

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Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes

Edgar Allen Poe

Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist

Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Jules Verne - Journey to the Center of the Earth

Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe

Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island

Ambrose Bierce


Poe and Bierce are kinda scary in a twisted way. The others are more action adventure type books. Most of them I have read within the last year.

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What classics can you recommend that would fall into the category of scary, suspenseful, or action packed?




Coraline, hands down the scariest/creepiest book we ever read aloud.


The Matchlock Gun has scary/dangerfilled moments, too (bad guys get shot, Mom gets knifed, I think).

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