53 Best Horror Books of All Time

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Any passionate reader will tell you: horror books can be just as scary as horror movies. You may not have jump scares reading a short story or novel, but you’ll feel that overwhelming sense of dread, the disgust from gory descriptions of body horror, and unexpected twists that’ll rival any horror movie you watch this year.

Plus, many of horror’s main tropes and creepy creatures come, originally, from literature. Vampires, zombies, Frankenstein’s monster, and plain old hauntings have graced the pages of classic horror writers for centuries. Contemporary writers are adding more entries to the horror monsters hall of fame, like Stephen King with his many, many novels adapted into films and television shows, his son Joe Hill, Chuck Wendig, Victor LaValle, and others. If there’s one thing for certain, it’s this: no matter what’s going on in the world around us, humans will always love scaring themselves for a bit of a thrill. Horror isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so any time is the beast time to get into the genre.

Below we have some of the best horror books to read, whether you’re a casual fan of the genre or a dedicated reader of everything spooky. We might not have all your favorites, but we’ve got classics, modern twists on said classics, plus brand new voices we think are pushing the horror genre into new and exciting directions. At least one of these reads will give you the fright you’re craving.

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William Morrow & Company

NOS4A2: A Novel

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Atria Books

The Other Black Girl: A Novel

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Scribner

Tender Is the Flesh

7

Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel

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Penguin Books

Bunny: A Novel

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GP Putnam’s Sons

The Hunger

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Graywolf Press

Her Body and Other Parts: Stories

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Gallery Books

Cujo: A Novel

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Iap – Information Age Pub. Inc.

Carmilla

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Dracula: Unabridged and Fully Illustrated

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CreateSpace Classics

Frankenstein

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One World

The Changeling: A Novel

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SDE Classics

The Island of Dr. Moreau

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Tordotcom

The Ballad of Black Tom

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Penguin Classics

The Haunting of Hill House

24

Vintage

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

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Berkeley

Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3

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The Book of Accidents: A Novel

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Soho Press

Come Closer

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Grand Central Publishing

fledgling

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Penguin Books

Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel

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WW Norton & Company

Audition

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Ecco Press

Bird Box: A Novel

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William Morrow & Company

Rebecca

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William Morrow & Company

Heart-Shaped Box

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Pantheon

House of Leaves

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Ballantine Books

Interview with the Vampire

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Suzuki, Koji / Rohmer, Robert B. / Walley, Glynne

Ring

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories

43

Del Rey

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

45

Things We Lost in the Fire

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Those Across the River

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Riverhead Books

White is for Witching

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Martino Fine Books

The Yellow Wallpaper

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imusti

The Shining Girls

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St. Martin’s Press

The Silence of the Lambs

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Tor Books

Hell House: A Novel

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Harpercollins

Coraline

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Gallery / Saga Press

The Only Good Indians: A Novel

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