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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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7 Novels that Read like True Crime

These novels blur the lines between fact and fiction.

8 Emerging Horror Authors Who Are Changing the Face of Horror 

These incredible authors are writing terrifying stories for a new era of horror.

8 Horror Authors Share Their Scariest True Stories

After reading these, you'll think twice about walking alone at night.

An Interview with Catriona Ward, Shirley Jackson Award Winning Author of Little Eve

The author of The Last House on Needless Street talks to us about ghosts, what draws us to horror, and the shows she can’t stop watching.

13 Bloody Vampire Horror Books with Bite

These sharp vampire tales are frightening enough to turn your blood cold.

32 Horror Authors Every Scare-Chaser Needs to Know

These must-read horror authors should be on the shelf of every serious horror fan.

9 Paranormal Books to Thrill Even Seasoned Horror Fans

These thrilling paranormal tales will force you to sleep with the lights on.

This Building is Haunted by Death...

Can its latest victim solve her own murder?

Grady Hendrix: Where to Start With This Wickedly Humorous Horror Author

Your go-to source for blood-curdling, gut-busting, heart-wrenching reads.

8 Surreal Horror Novels That Will Leave You Questioning Reality

Tales of terror that break down the barriers of possibility and reason.

Cassandra Khaw Brings New Life to Horror's Most Beloved Tropes

We sat down with the author in anticipation of their latest novel, Nothing But Blackened Teeth.

My Heart is a Chainsaw Slashes and Rebuilds the Final Girl Trope

Stephen Graham Jones's newest is a love letter to slasher films and a chiller in its own right.