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.
New adaptation, new zombie child.
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One boy's obsession takes a sinister turn in Joyce Carol Oates’s award-winning short story collection.
They may be short—but they're definitely not sweet.
Witching Hour: Vices and Virtues collects twisted and terrifying stories that will haunt your dreams.
Get to know the grand dame of gothic horror.
Channel the terror into your earbuds.
One of the most anticipated horror books of the year imagines what inspired Bram Stoker to write the classic vampire tale.
The season's biggest horror novel sees a millennial couple wrangle with the evil entity lurking beneath their feet.