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Is The Silence of the Lambs the scariest novel ever?

25th October 2010

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris has been voted the UK's scariest book of all time.

A poll of 2,000 adults by book review website Lovereading.co.uk found that Harris' 1988 bestseller, which features cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is regarded as the most terrifying piece of literature.

Peter Crawshaw, director of the site, commented: '[The Silence of the Lambs] has everything a good horror book needs - a spine-tingling plot, packed with twists and turns, bloodthirsty characters and [a] vulnerable heroine.'

Harris has written five novels, including Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising, which both feature appearances from Lecter. He was awarded the 1988 Bram Stoker Award for The Silence of the Lambs.

Bram Stoker's classic horror story Dracula took second place in the Lovereading.co.uk survey, followed by The Shining by Stephen King and Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson, William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist, Salem's Lot by King and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein were among the other novels voted for by British readers in the poll.
 

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