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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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A Year of Terror: Take a Look Back at the Best Indie Horror Books of 2023

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From the Haunted Stacks: 2023 Horror Book Highlights

A detailed look at 2023's wide range of horror fiction, from the "library world's horror maven."

2023's Most Terrifying Horror, True Crime, and Paranormal Bestsellers

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This Imaginary Friend Didn't Come to Play

A father must protect his twin daughters from a shadowy, malevolent force in Let Him In.

Old-School Horror Zines Rise From the Dead with Book Worms Horror

This nostalgic form of expression will worm its way into your heart. 

How Far Would You Go for Love?

One woman's pregnancy awakens a dark familial curse in No Child of Mine.

A Murderous Spirit and a Ghost-Killer Meet in Anna Dressed in Blood

Read an excerpt from Kendare Blake’s chilling paranormal romance. 

10 Collectible Coffee Table Books for Horror Lovers

These gorgeous and gruesome books make fantastic gifts.