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.
From deadly influenza to vampiric mutagens.
Twisted reads full of suspense, sick science, and self-doubt.
An occult expert details a chilling encounter with the spirit world.
Journey to the dark side of demonic possessions, haunted houses, and restless spirits.
Mutations, hallucinations, and ancient evils—these books put a splash of color into horror.
Fear has many faces in these bone-chilling reads.
New nightmares await...
These ghostly tales of yesteryear will bring a chill to your holidays.
These terrifying reads will make your blood run cold.
This chilling and imaginative novel will raise goosebumps.
They're waiting to frighten.