As Halloween approaches, dudes want three things: scary movies, candy, and hot chicks in scandalously skimpy costumes. Complex knows—that's why we brought you countdowns of the 50 scariest movies of all time, the 50 least scary movies, the top 50 candies, and the 50 hottest celebrity Halloween costumes. But what if you're literate and enjoy reading scary stories before you consume sugar and wank to photos of gorgeous ghouls? Well, we've got you too. As it turns out, a good number of awesome horror movies are adapted from even better books, like the recently released Let Me In, which was originally Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel Let the Right One In. Our boy Matt Barone, an avid fan of horror cinema and literature, breaks down the 25 scary stories you have to read...if you don't want the Devil to sodomize you with a pitchfork.

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