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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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11 Mind-Bending Horror Books for Fans of Color Out of Space

Mutations, hallucinations, and ancient evils—these books put a splash of color into horror.

12 Haunting Horror Books for Fans of The Turning

These eerie reads are chock full of creepy estates, frightening children, and otherworldly visions.

4 Eerie Olde Christmas Ghost Stories to Give You the Chills This Holiday Season

These ghostly tales of yesteryear will bring a chill to your holidays.

11 Best Horror Books of 2019

Prepare for the year's most terrifying tales.

A Recipe for Madness

Author Ray Garton cooks up a grotesque collection of terrifying tales that delves into human nature’s dark side.

13 Haunting Books for Fans of Doctor Sleep

Haunted hotels and psychic killers await.

Hans Holzer: America’s First Ghost Hunter

Hans Holzer was his name, contacting the dead was his game.

The Bus on Thursday Will Leave You in Stitches—and Paralyzed by Fear

Bridget Jones meets pure terror in this must-read horror-comedy novel.

From 20th Century Ghosts to NOS4A2: Where to Start with Award-Winning Horror Author Joe Hill

Stephen King’s son proves the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

A Walk in the Woods Has Never Been so Treacherous

Emma runs to escape her life—only to find herself surrounded by new horrors.

11 Nightmare-Inducing Authors to Check Out After You've Read Everything by Stephen King

The scares may begin with the King of Horror, but they don’t have to end there.

11 Twisted Ray Garton Books That Will Give You Nightmares

These stories will haunt you long after you've turned the last page.