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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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13 Must-Read Horror Books for Fans of Lovecraft Country

Out-of-this-world monsters collide with real-life social issues.

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Lovecraft?

David Nickle discusses Lovecraft Country, H.P. Lovecraft's troubling legacy—and the bright and frightening future of the Lovecraftian mythos.

This Debut Novel Will Leave You Paralyzed with Terror

A r/nosleep master publishes his first novel in The Patient, a horrifying tale set in a Connecticut mental hospital.

13 Best Jonathan Maberry Horror and Paranormal Books

Take a bite out of the prolific horror author's ghoulish body of work. 

13 Must-Read Horror Books by Diverse Authors

Dive into these terrifying stories by fresh new voices.

Stephen Graham Jones: Where to Begin with the Award-Winning Horror Author

The mind behind Mapping the Interior and The Only Good Indians remixes nearly every horror trope by subverting fear itself.

7 LGBTQ+ Horror Authors to Read During Pride Month and Beyond

Dive into these terrifying reads with diverse perspectives.

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.