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.
The Bram Stoker and Splatterpunk Award-nominated horror author on everyone's #TBR.
Blood is thicker than water...
Katsu reflects on her fascinating body of work.
Explore your deepest fears.
Explore horror's most exciting new developments.
Nothing beats a fast-paced, exhilarating reading experience.
Blur the lines between horror and reality.
Exploring themes of choice, bodily autonomy, and feminine fertility, Heltzel's debut horror novel is chillingly timely.
These horror books find hope in the darkness.
Join one Constant Reader on her quest for the Stephen King books adapted to film.
Discover the horror lurking in silent movies.
By Grace Felder