"One need not be a chamber to be haunted. One need not be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place."
- Emily Dickinson
"Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."
- Stephen King, "The Shining"
"Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see."
- Edgar Allan Poe
"It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import."
- Thomas Harris, "The Silence of the Lambs"
"That cold ain't the weather. That's death approaching."
- The Stranger, "30 Days of Night"
"I don’t live in darkness, darkness lives in me."
"Stare at the dark too long and you will eventually see what isn’t there."
"We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves."
- Mike Carey and Peter Gross
"Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?"
- Bret Easton Ellis, "American Psycho"
"Maybe all the schemes of the devil were nothing compared to what man could think up."
- Joe Hill
"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"
- Wicked Witch of the West, "The Wizard of Oz"
"God isn't here. God doesn't even know about this place."
- Johan Harstad, "172 Hours on the Moon"
"For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning."
- Libba Bray, "Lair of Dreams"
Mark T Smith
"To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come… "
- William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"
"Danger doesn’t lurk at every corner. It’s just hanging out, waiting for fear and horror to show up."
"Everyone is a moon and has a dark side, which he never shows to anybody."
- 'Mark Twain'
Lili des Bellons
"Sometimes the things in our heads are far worse than anything they could put in books or on film. "
- C.K. Webb
"We ask only to be reassured about the noises in the cellar and the window that should not have been open. "
- T.S. Eliot
"No one escapes from life alive."
- Michael Crichton
"Come ye viewless ministers of this dread hour! Come from the fenny lake, the hanging rock, and the midnight cave! The moon is red – the stars are out – the sky is burning – and all nature stands aghast at what we do!"
- William Mudford
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it."
- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"
"[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion."
- Clive Barker
"We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't."
- Rick Yancey, "The 5th Wave"
"I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times."
- Robert Bloch, Psycho
"When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow."
- Ursula K. Le Guin
"If you are reading this, then you are blissfully unaware what is creeping up behind you."
"Here then at long last is my darkness. No cry of light, no glimmer, not even the faintest shard of hope to break free across the hold."
- Mark Z. Danielewski, "House of Leaves"
"There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range."
- H.P. Lovecraft
"When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
- George A. Romero, "Dawn of the Dead"
"There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand."
- Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"
"Walking out in the middle of a funeral would be, of course, bad form. So attempting to walk out on one's own was beyond the pale."
- Steve Hockensmith, "Dawn of the Dreadfuls"
"We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us."
- Charles Darwin
"In a fleshly Tomb, I am Buried above ground."
- William Cooper
"The Devil pulls the strings which make us dance;
We find delight in the most loathsome things;
Some furtherance of Hell each new day brings,
And yet we feel no horror in that rank advance."
- Charles Baudelaire
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
- William Shakespeare, "The Tempest"
"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."
- Charles Addams
"I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge, or lustre, or name.
- H. P. Lovecraft, "Nemesis"
"We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones."