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.
Discover the darkness that lurks within these secretive groups...
By Jena Brown
Dark worlds so good you'll never want to leave.
Her life and legacy are characterized by her transformation from notorious criminal to beloved crime fiction author.
By Orrin Grey
These spine-tingling books will have your heart racing.
This horror classic by Beryl Bainbridge is based on the true story behind crime author Anne Perry.
Let your fear flower with this month's fresh new reads.
Because good horror stories come in all shapes and sizes.
Don't miss out on these revolutionary authors.
By Eric LaRocca
Where suspense, fable, and horror converge.
From the seminal House of Leaves and beyond, the unusual formats of these books will leave you reeling.
By Eric LaRocca
A classic tale is given new life.
The Wishing Pool will chill you.
"Let the psychotics take over." ― J.G. Ballard, High-Rise
Graveyard of Lost Children is a chilling tale of motherhood and visions of madness.
Shower yourself in screams.
Guaranteed to bloom fresh chills and frights.