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66 scary quotes that might make you sleep with the lights on

Read these dark, disturbing and downright creepy sayings ... if you dare.

If your pulse quickens over the thought of ghosts, witches and monsters hiding under the bed, then you've come to the right place.

Because along with existing in scary horror movies and books, creepy ghouls like vampires and werewolves also exist in our imaginations, which just might be the most terrifying place of all.

To help give you all the thrills and chills you're looking for, we've conjured up a collection of scary quotes that are sure leave you spellbound.

Whether you're on the hunt for an Instagram caption from beyond the grave or Halloween greeting that promises to the give everyone the heebie jeebies, you're bound to find it here. In fact, we've dug up all kinds of unsettling quotes for your consideration.

You'll find scary classics like "The Exorcist," Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and the master of horror himself, Stephen King, who memorably wrote the terrifying tagline, "Sometimes dead is better," in "Pet Sematary," along with Pennywise the Clown's eerie promise: “You’ll float down here. We all float down here," from the movie "It."

Seriously, we're getting goosebumps right now and that's a good thing because, obviously, that's the point.

So grab a blanket and flashlight and prepare to be scared, because these scary quotes are a real scream. Literally.

Scary Quotes
  • “It’s better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.” ― Josh Malerman, "Bird Box"
  • “What an excellent day for an exorcism.” — Demon, “The Exorcist”
  • “Vampires, werewolves, fallen angels and fairies lurk in the shadows, their intentions far from honorable.” — Jeaniene Frost
  • “If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Beware the dark pool at the bottom of our hearts. In its icy, black depths dwell strange and twisted creatures it is best not to disturb.” — Sue Grafton, “I is for Innocent”
  • “Am I walking away from something I should be running away from?” — Shirley Jackson, “The Haunting of Hill House”
Scary Quotes
  • “Sometimes dead is better.” — Stephen King, “Pet Sematary”
  • “I was a newborn vampire, weeping at the beauty of the night.” — Anne Rice, “Interview with the Vampire”
  • “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” — Edgar Allan Poe
  • “Unfathomable to mere mortals is the lore of fiends.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown”
  • “Love will have its sacrifices. No sacrifice without blood.” — J. Sheridan Le Fanu, “Carmilla” 
  • “Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.” — Clive Barker, “Books of Blood”
Scary Quotes
  • “Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” — Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “Would you like to see a magic trick?” — The Grabber, “The Black Phone”
  • “Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back.” — Dario Argento
  • “There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand.” — Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein”
  • “I’m scared to close my eyes, I’m scared to open them. We’re gonna die out here.” — Heather Donahue, “The Blair Witch Project”
Scary Quotes
  • “Is there someone inside you?” — Psychiatrist, “The Exorcist”
  • “I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don’t have names.” — Helen Oyeyemi, “White is for Witching”
  • “This is all it takes for people to plunge into insanity: one night alone with themselves and what they fear the most.” — Thomas Olde Heuvelt, “Hex”
  • “They’re here.” — Carol Anne, “Poltergeist”
  • “Come, dear. It’ll be easier for you than it was for Jason.” — Mrs. Voorhees, “Friday the 13th”
  • “I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real.” -Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
Scary Quotes
  • “Let’s talk, you and I. Let’s talk about fear.” — Stephen King, “Night Shift”
  • “Dementors are vicious creatures. They will not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way.” — Albus Dumbledore, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • “Evil thenceforth became my good.” — Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein”
  • “Evil has only the power that we give it.” — Ray Bradbury, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
  • “When shall we meet again? In thunder, lightening, or in rain?” — William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”
  • “I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, ‘I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in!’” — Jack Torrance, “The Shining”
Scary Quotes
  • “I shall never forget the afternoon when first I stumbled upon the half-hidden house of the dead.” — H.P. Lovecraft, “The Tomb”
  • “Once upon a time, there was a girl and the girl had a shadow.” — Red, “Us”
  • “I don’t know who he is, but he’s burned, and he wears a weird hat and a red and green sweater, really dirty. And he uses these knives, like giant fingernails.” — Nancy Thompson, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
  • “In this town, Michael Myers is a myth. He’s the Boogeyman. A ghost story to scare kids. But this Boogeyman is real. An evil like his never stops, it just grows older. Darker.” — Laurie Strode, “Halloween (2018)”
Scary Quotes
  • “You’ll float down here. We all float down here.” — Pennywise, “It”
  • “Out for a little walk … in the moonlight, are we?” — Severus Snape, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
  • “People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether still believe in the devil. I don’t know why. No, I do indeed know why. Evil is always possible.” — Anne Rice, “Interview with the Vampire”
  • “They look exactly like us. They think like us. They know where we are. We need to move and keep moving. They won’t stop until they kill us ... or we kill them.” — Adelaide Wilson, “Us”
  • “A deep sleep fell upon me — a sleep like that of death.” — Edgar Allan Poe, “The Pit and the Pendulum”
Scary Quotes
  • “Every fairytale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.” — Alice Hoffman, “The Ice Queen”
  • “For 27 years, I’ve dreamt of you. I craved you. Oh, I’ve missed you!” — Pennywise, “It: Chapter Two”
  • “There’s a monster outside my room, can I have a glass of water?” — Bo Hess, “Signs”
  • “Someone once told her that the stars were merely sewing pins, holding the black sky up so that it did not come down on the world and suffocate it.” — Alma Katsu, “The Deep”
  • “ He’s not like us. He smiles a lot. But I think there might be worms inside him, making him smile.” — Stephen King, “The Stand”
Scary Quotes
  • “I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss.” — Gomez, “The Addams Family”
  • “It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import.” — Bram Stoker, “Dracula”
  • “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door.” — Children, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
  • “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” — Hannibal Lecter, “The Silence of the Lambs”
  • “But the most frightening thing of all was the wind howling among the trees. Ichabod was sure that it was the sound of the Headless Horseman out looking for his head.” — Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Scary Quotes
  • “It’s probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience ...and the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.” — Stephen King, “Pet Sematary”
  • “Now, sink into the floor.” — Missy Armitage, “Get Out”
  • “I am the writing on the walls. I am the sweet smell of blood on the street. The buzz that echoes in the alleyways.” — Anthony McCoy, “Candyman (2021)”
  • “When the music stops, you’ll see him in the mirror standing behind you.” — April, “The Conjuring”
Scary Quotes
  • “It was a death cry, rising until it seemed it could go no higher, then dwindling into a mournful, hopeless, ghastly farewell.” — Louise Morgan, “A Secret History of Witches”
  • “A witch never gets caught. Don’t forget that she has magic in her fingers and devilry dancing in her blood.” — Roald Dahl, “The Witches”
  • “Hate the smell of dampness, don’t you? It’s such a, I don’t know, creepy smell.” — Norman Bates, “Psycho”
  • “I see dead people.” — Cole Sear, “The Sixth Sense”
Scary Quotes
  • “I looked upon the sea; it was to be my grave.” — Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein”
  • “Where are you, beautiful? Come out, come out, wherever you are!” — Frank, “Hellraiser”
  • “Be warned: I sleep as the earth sleeps beneath the night sky or the winter’s snow; and once awakened, I am servant to no man.” — Anne Rice, “The Mummy”
  • “You ever feel prickly things on the back of your neck?”— Cole Sear, “The Sixth Sense”
Scary Quotes
  • “Something bumped into me — something soft and plump. It must have been the rats; the vicious, gelatinous, ravenous army that feast on the dead and the living.” — H.P. Lovecraft, “The Rats in the Walls”
  • “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” — William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”
  • “Souls and memories can do strange things during trance.” — Bram Stoker, “Dracula”
  • “The Further is a world far beyond our own, yet it’s all around us. A place without time as we know it. It’s a dark realm filled with the tortured souls of the dead. A place not meant for the living.” — Elise Reiner, “Insidious”
Scary Quotes
  • “He knew what the wind was doing to them, where it was taking them, to all the secret places that were never so secret again in life.” — Ray Bradbury, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
  • “A black cat crossed my path, and I stopped to dance around it widdershins and to sing the rhyme, Ou va-ti mistigri? Passe sans faire de mai ici.” — Joanne Harris, “Chocolat”