Picks and Pans Review: Neil Gaiman On...Scary Books I Love

UPDATED 03/02/2009 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/02/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

>• The author of Coraline and last year's Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book knows how to give kids chills—but what makes him shiver and shake?

A sampling:

OH, WHISTLE, AND I'LL COME TO YOU, MY LAD by M.R. James

"The scariest short story—somebody is haunted by a bedsheet."

THE SHINING by Stephen King

"Deeply creepy—the best haunted house story of them all."

BOOKS OF BLOOD by Clive Barker

"Actually scary while being beautiful."

HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill

"The first time I remember being scared as an adult author." About a haunted suit, the novel was so gripping Gaiman even read while "flossing my teeth."—

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