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Recommendations from 48 articles, Richard Branson, Stephen King, Veronica Belmont and 17 others.
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House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski - Mar 07, 2000
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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tat...
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A Novel
Stephen King - Jul 11, 2017 (first published in 1986)
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Welcome to Derry, Maine ...It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real ...They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force ...
The Exorcist
40th Anniversary Edition
William Peter Blatty - Oct 04, 2011 (first published in 1971)
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Four decades after it first terrified the world, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is back! An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense. In this stunning 40th Anniversary Edition, a desperate mother and two priests fight to free the soul of a little girl from a supernatural entity of pure malevolence....
The Shining
Stephen King - May 01, 1990 (first published in 1977)
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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the...
The Silence of the Lambs
Thomas Harris - Feb 15, 1991 (first published in 1988)
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Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent. The Silence of the Lambs. A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind--in the deadly search for a serial killer. - back cover...
The Hunger
Alma Katsu - Mar 05, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A tense and gripping reimagining of one of America's most haunting human disasters: the Donner Party with a supernatural twist.Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of ...
Rebecca
Daphne Du Maurier - Sep 05, 2006 (first published in 1938)
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A classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is unnaturally devoted....
Ring
Koji Suzuki - Apr 25, 2004 (first published in 1991)
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A mysterious videotape warns that the viewer will die in one week unless a certain, unspecified act is performed. Exactly one week after watching the tape, four teenagers die one after another of heart failure. Asakawa, a hardworking journalist, is intrigued by his niece's inexplicable death. His investigation leads him from a metropolitan tokyo te...
White is for Witching
Helen Oyeyemi - Feb 04, 2014 (first published in 2009)
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Winner of the Somerset Maugham AwardOne of Granta’s Best Young British NovelistsFrom the acclaimed author of Boy, Snow, BirdThere’s something strange about the Silver family house in the closed-off town of Dover, England. Grand and cavernous with hidden passages and buried secrets, it’s been home to four generations of Silver women—Anna, Jennifer, ...
Carrion Comfort
A Novel
Dan Simmons - Nov 24, 2009 (first published in 1989)
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THE PAST... Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi’s themselves...THE PRESENT... Compelled by the encounter to survive at ...
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Penpal
Dathan Auerbach - Jul 11, 2012
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Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel!How much do you remember about your childhood?In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tr...
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Drácula by Michael Burgan
Bad Seed by from William March's novel Maxwell Anderson
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Uzumaki by Junji Ito
The Stand by Stephen King
The Institute by Stephen King
Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 by Clive Barker
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
The Other by Thomas Tryon
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Swan Song Publisher by Robert McCammon
From Hell by Alan Moore
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Asylum 3-Book Box Set by Madeleine Roux
Creature by Hunter Shea
Herokiller by Paul Tassi
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Tales & Poems Of Edgar Allan Po by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
The Best of H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Hellsing, Vol. 1 by Kohta Hirano
Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H. P. Lovecraft
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
Lost Boy by Christina Henry
The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker
What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong
Tokyo Ghoul Complete Box Set by Sui Ishida
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
Blood Memory by Greg Iles
Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe
Full Throttle by Joe Hill
The Body by Stephen King
The Rising by Mira Grant
How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz
Madhouse by Miguel Estrada
The Tailypo by Joanna C. Galdone
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
The Forgotten Island by David Sodergren
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger
Dark Voyage by Helen Susan Swift
The Final Reconciliation by Todd Keisling
She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin
The 11th Percent by T.H. Morris
The Boulevard Monster by Jeremy Hepler
Saucy Jacky by Doug Lamoreux
Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI by Jonathan Raab
The Accursed Moor by Stuart G. Yates
A rose should be red by Akaku Red
Born in Blood by George Daniel Lea
A Taste of Oz by Robin Blasberg
Zombie by Oates, Joyce Carol Reprint Edition by aa
By Marisha Pessl - Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Ghost Song by Mark L'Estrange
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
We Came Back by Patrick Lacey
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James, Fiction by M. R. James
Obscura by Joe Hart
Intercepts by T.J. Payne
A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates
Windrush by Malcolm Archibald