Cannibalism cultures are both terrifying and fascinating. The idea of eating someone else's flesh is so disturbing yet creepily intimate that it's taken a big role in literature and movies. In fact, some of the weirdest and scariest flesh-eaters are the ones in books. Cannibalism is explored in texts from centuries ago. The descriptions will churn your stomach and possibly make you a vegan in less than five minutes.
While there are lots of cryptozoological creatures that eat humans, such as vampires, werewolves, and zombies, there's something about killers who eat their victims that sends chills down your spine. In literature, you get the description, the thought process, the motives, and the emotional insight into a cannibal that makes it all the more vivid. It forces you to imagine other contexts for cannibalism, ones that may feel too close to home, and puts you in a place you never wanted to imagine yourself. Below are examples of disturbing cannibals in books that'll likely stop you from ordering your steak rare ever again.
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