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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 Killer Comes Back to Finish the Job in The Angel Maker

Katie Shaw's blossoming world was wrecked once... can she survive the horrors again?

You Could Win This Chilling Package of Spooky Books—Including Stephen King's Latest!

By the power of three: three lucky winners will win three scary books! 

Discover the Secrets of Hidden Lake Camp in Book of Knives

Thirteen prized knives, two difficult parents-in-law, and one summer camp in ruins: What could go wrong?

8 Unnatural Horror Books to Read for Libra Season

Nail-biting, quiet horrors for the honorable peacekeepers of the zodiac.

How to Build a Perfect Spooky Season TBR

Spooky Season is upon us and we've been training all year for this.

On the Boundless Catharsis of Horror with Award-Winning Author Zin E. Rocklyn

Rocklyn's genre-defying, heart-wrenching work is an emerging force in the world of dark fiction.

Tabitha: A King in Her Own Right

Often labeled merely as "Stephen King's wife", this Mistress of Horror defies oversimplification.