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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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Meet Horror Fiction's Subversive Rising Star Eric LaRocca in this Exclusive Interview

The Bram Stoker and Splatterpunk Award-nominated horror author on everyone's #TBR.

12 Chilling Books Featuring Haunted Objects

What happens when mundane items contain a world of horror?

Where to Start with the Award-Winning Author Alma Katsu

Katsu reflects on her fascinating body of work. 

8 Horror Books to Read for Gemini Season

Depraved, confining reads for the restless free spirits of the zodiac.

These Horror Books Have Addictively Short Chapters

Nothing beats a fast-paced, exhilarating reading experience.

Horror Book Recommendations for May Birthdays

Whether you were born in May—or you just like creepy books—you'll find something delectable on this list. 

Talking Femininity and Fear with Anne Heltzel, Author of Just Like Mother

Exploring themes of choice, bodily autonomy, and feminine fertility, Heltzel's debut horror novel is chillingly timely.

Coming-of-Age Horror Books: A Master List

These quintessential books capture the unique tension and nostalgia of youth.

8 Horror Books to Read for Taurus Season

Extravagantly haunting psychological horrors for the sensible homebodies of the zodiac.

8 Quiet Horror Books That Will Haunt You Forever

Slow, creeping tales of terror that burrow under your skin—and stay there.

16 Aquatic Horror Books To Dive Into

Submerge into murky waters with these horror tales of the deep.

Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations in the Last 20 Years

Join one Constant Reader on her quest for the Stephen King books adapted to film.

12 Thrilling Circus Horror Books

Step into the fascinating—and complicated—world of circus horror.