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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 Horror Books to Read for Aries Season

Visceral, hands-on scares for the blood-thirsty Rams of the zodiac.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Emerging Horror Authors—The Ultimate Starter Pack

One lucky winner will win SIX books for a taste of a thrilling new era of horror fiction.

Bring the Scares to Life With These Chilling Horror Audiobooks 

These creepy books ramp up the terror with the immersive experience only available in audio.

16 Frightening Horror Novellas by Women

These short books showcase the diverse range of women writers who captivate the horror genre.

8 Gag-Worthy Body Horror Books

These gory horror tales will have you lunging for the nearest garbage can.

Where to Start With the Gripping Gothic Horror of Elizabeth Hand

Profound, surreal, and chill-inducing reads from an award-winning author.

9 Extreme Horror Books with Heart

These depraved books are intense reads—but their gore and violence are not gratuitous.

8 Surreal Horror Books to Read for Pisces Season

Spiritual and psychedelic terrors for the gentle-hearted scare chasers.

Fighting Our Demons: 10 Demon Possession Books to Keep You Up at Night

“Horror at its core is the hope that in the end, we can encounter our demons and live to tell the tale.”

GIVEAWAY: Win A Spine-Chilling Horror Bundle from Penguin Books

You could be the lucky winner of three of Penguin's scariest horror books.

11 Gripping Horror Novellas by Black Authors

Get a full dose of fright in one sitting.

8 of the Most Underrated Horror Books of All Time

You won't find these books on mainstream lists—but that doesn't mean they aren't among the best.

8 Gory Romance Books to Get Your Blood Pumping

Be careful—these bloody romance books bite.

A Fairy Tale World Turns Into Terror in The Girl in the Corn

The unsettling creatures that populate these pages will haunt your nightmares.