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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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Evil Reaches Through Centuries in the Pulse-Pounding New Book from Guillermo del Toro

The Hollow Ones combines ancient horror, a detective mystery, and supernatural suspense into one terrifying narrative.

11 Horror, Paranormal, & True Crime Books on Sale This June

Get the chills this summer—at prices that can't be beat!

Colin Wilson: Essential Creepy Reads from a Master of Horror and True Crime

His philosophical works explored the dark side of the human heart.

Kathe Koja, the Stoker Award-Winning Horror Author of The Cipher, Shares Her Favorite Genre-Defying Tales of Terror

"None of these books may be considered conventional horror fiction—but the darkness is absolutely there."

14 Horror Books for Fans of Penny Dreadful

You’ll find plenty of Gothic creatures and supernatural twists within these pages.

5 Free Horror Books You Can Read This May

Catch up with the grandmasters of horror—for free!

9 Chilling Horror and True Crime Books on Sale This May

For your creepy reading pleasure—at prices that can't be beat!

Ramsey Campbell: The Modern Horror Master Whose Books Will Haunt Your Dreams

Guillermo del Toro hails the award-winning author as an "absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that!"

Richard Matheson: Where to Begin with the Legendary Sci-Fi Horror Author

I Am Legend just scrapes the surface of the sci-fi horror master's legacy.

13 Epic Horror Books to Read While Quarantined

A devil's dozen epic horror tales to get you through these dark days.

Free Horror and Mystery Ebooks to Download This April

Catch up with the grandmasters of horror—for free.

Ellen Datlow Recommends 13 Dark & Creepy Books to Read In the Time of COVID-19 (That Are Not Apocalyptic)

The award-winning editor selects a set of chilling reads that have nothing to do with pandemics.

13 Terrifying Books to Read While You Wait for A Quiet Place Part II

Until the film is released, these sci-fi horror reads will deliver plenty of scares.