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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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14 of the Best Stephen King Audiobooks

King’s stunningly scary stories brought to life for your listening pleasure. 

These Horror Poetry Books Showcase the Art of Terror

Well-structured scares aim straight for the heart—via poetry.

7 Best Edgar Allan Poe Books and Their Modern Readalikes

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

The Therapeutic Power of Horror: A Deep Dive with Jonathan Janz

Peer inside the eerie mind of this remarkable horror author.

Sensational Slasher Novels To Satiate Your Need for Gore

These bloody slasher books are a staple of the horror genre.

Never Whistle at Night with Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

The new anthology of Indigenous dark fiction that's topping all the lists.

Goosebumps is Back from the Dead with this Chilling New Streaming Series

R.L. Stine's beloved books have been adapted into a new show to terrify a fresh generation.