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Sometimes it’s not the subject matter that makes a photograph frightening. Simple lighting effects or even a particular angle or extreme close up can make a photo disturbing and, well, spooky. The correct combination of factors might turn a simple hallway into an empty, haunting corridor or a common hotel sign into an eerie glow. Shadows build suspense by calling to mind who — or what — might be hiding around the corner. Meanwhile, the hint of a person in the frame could be mistaken for a ghostly apparition.

With Halloween approaching, creepy imagery will be in demand more and more. And when it comes to scares, less is certainly more. We picked out a few of the more terrifying images in the Shutterstock collection. For more, take a look at our Spooky lightbox or search for more using keywords such as “horror,” “darkness,”or “spooky.”

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© Shutterstock/ Arman Zhenikeyev

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