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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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8 Disorienting Horror Books to Read for Virgo Season

Chaotic, unnatural terrors for the grounded caretakers of the zodiac.

The Haunting Horrors of a Book Tour

The writer's lonesome road is full of ghosts.

These Emotionally Devastating Horror Books Will Shatter You

Bone-chilling tear-jerkers that linger long after you've finished the last page.

8 Sizzling Horror Books to Read for Leo Season

Intense, psychological horrors for the showmen of the zodiac.

Bite-Sized Horror: The Golden Age of Horror Novellas

These creepy novellas might look like a snack—but they satisfy like a whole meal.

These Eclectic Books Inspired a Defiant New Voice in Horror

Debut author Nat Cassidy reveals the books that haunt his writing.

6 Terrifying Paranormal Horror Books Based on True Events

These tales are so spine-chilling you'll wish you could say they were complete fiction.

13 Creepy Robert McCammon Books That Will Keep You Awake At Night

The award-winning author writes tales of supernatural and occult horror with a Southern Gothic flair.

8 Modern LGBTQ+ Horror Authors Revolutionizing the Genre

These unique voices bring something fresh to the darkness.

Mother Horror’s Essential Book Reviewing Tips & Tricks

Want to review horror books professionally or as a hobby? Listen to mother.

8 Horror Books to Read for Cancer Season

Horrors that hit close to home for the sensitive cynics of the zodiac.

From the Haunted Stacks: 2021 Bram Stoker AwardsⓇ Wrap Up

These phenomenal books are just the tip of the horror iceberg.