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Incredible tales of horror to grace your shelves. 

Whenever you’re in the mood for a good scare you’ll be able to find a good book to do the job. Horror books are written with the intention of inflicting feelings of disgust and fear, and many authors have perfected it. From the classic works of authors like Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, and Stephen King to modern talent like Paul Tremblay, Stephen Graham Jones, Cynthia Pelayo, Eric LaRocca, Hailey Piper, and Josh Malerman, the horror genre is overflowing with plenty of options to choose from. From spooky occult horror to blood and gore—and everything in between—there’s something for every style of reader, no matter your taste. 

Whether you’re interested in close-to-home horror that tackles social issues or campy slasher-style horror books that rack up the kills, the horror genre has something for every style of reader. From aquatic horror and ghostly hauntings to body horror and coming-of-age tales—you’re sure to find just the thing to sink your teeth into. 

Whether you’re a seasoned horror aficionado looking to expand your horizons or a newer reader looking to dip your toes into (shark infested) horror waters, here are some great places to start: 

And when you’ve finished with those, peruse the stories below for endless recommendations of chilling books to read.

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13 Subversive Extreme Horror Books by Women

Sometimes a woman's touch can be brutal...

10 World-Shattering Post-Apocalyptic Horror Books

Are you prepared for the end of civilization?

Eight Bi+ Horror Authors to Add to Your Reading List Today

Broaden your horizons with some of the best writers in the genre.

8 Dark Horror Books to Read for Scorpio Season

Bloody, monstrous horrors for the volatile truth-seekers of the zodiac.

9 Werewolf Stories That Go for the Throat

These horror novels and short stories have teeth.

Inside the Extensive Corridors of Josh Malerman's Twisted Mind

Delve into the nebulous influences behind this prolific author's new novel Daphne.

Spooky Horror and Paranormal Books for Young Readers 

Spine-tingling book recommendations for the young reader in your life.