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Best Horror Books

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House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski - 2000-03-07
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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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The Exorcist
40th Anniversary Edition
William Peter Blatty - 2011-10-04 (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....
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A Novel
Stephen King - 2017-07-11 (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 ...
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The Shining
Stephen King - 1990-05-01 (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...
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A Head Full of Ghosts
A Novel
Paul Tremblay - 2016-05-10
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A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror, reminiscent of Mark Z. Danielewskis House of Leaves, John Ajvide Lindqvists Let the Right One In, and Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House.The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourt...
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The Hunger
Alma Katsu - 2019-03-05 (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 ...
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Bird Box
A Novel
Josh Malerman - 2015-02-10 (first published in 2014)
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Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.Something is out there . . . Something terrifying that must not be seen. One gl...
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Let Me In
John Ajvide Lindqvist - 2010-01-01 (first published in 2004)
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Set in 1981, Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grisly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last -- revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him, day after day. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it ...
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Ghost Story
Peter Straub - 2020-09-08 (first published in 1979)
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In life, not every sin goes unpunished.GHOST STORYFor four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder....
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Daphne du Maurier - 2018-03-01 (first published in 1938)
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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes ho...
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Ring by Koji Suzuki
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Troop by Nick Cutter
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Drácula by Michael Burgan
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Uzumaki by Junji Ito
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Other by Thomas Tryon
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle
The Institute by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King
Bad Seed by From William March'S Novel Maxwell Anderson
Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
The Elementals by Michael McDowell
The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
Come Closer by Sara Gran
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Stand by Stephen King
Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 by Clive Barker
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Good House by Tananarive Due
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
The Auctioneer by Joan Samson
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
The Fisherman by John Langan
Last Days by Brian Evenson
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
1984 by George Orwell
From Hell by Alan Moore
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Full Throttle by Joe Hill
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Asylum 3-Book Box Set by Madeleine Roux
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Creature by Hunter Shea
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud
A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson
Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
Sefira and Other Betrayals by John Langan
Herokiller by Paul Tassi
Brother by Ania Ahlborn
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
Endless Night by Richard Laymon
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
Who Goes There? by John W. Jr. Campbell
Petra's Ghost by C. S. O'Cinneide
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter