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Books that are creepy, spooky, unsettling and gory.

Horror overview

Do you enjoy books that make you feel unease, fear, or revulsion? If so you will find the horror genre a scream! Some of these novels tend to explore fear that is more psychological while others rely on the shock factor and some (or plenty) blood and gore. Whatever your taste or desire there is sure to be a title here you can sink your teeth into. Explore these titles, if you dare...

"I delight in what I fear." -Shirley Jackson

Classic horror

Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James


Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Slade House by David Mitchell
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
Little Secrets by Megan Hart
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Horror with gore! (not for the faint of heart)

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Deep by Nick Cutter
John Dies at the End by David Wong
The Walking Dead Volume 1 by Robert Kirkman
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Creature features

The Watchers by A.M. Shine
No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull
Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
Ararat by Christopher Golden
It by Stephen King
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Reviver by Seth Patrick

Books to movies/tv

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
The Black Phone Stories by Joe Hill
Behind the Horror: True stories that inspired horror movies by Lee Mellor
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Audition by Ryu Murakami
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Stand by Stephen King
World War Z by Max Brooks
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

New to horror? try one of these books: