Best Horror Books To Read This Halloween Season

Whether it's a horror novel about killer clowns or a nonfiction book about some of America's most notorious serial killers, there's just something about reading something scary rather than watching it, making it a distinctly thrilling experience to go through.

This Halloween, we recommend these must-read books that are just as scary as some of the most infamously terrifying movies out there — if not more so.

“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman

A gothic retelling of The Jungle Book, The Graveyard Book remains one of the more impressive Gaiman books in an otherwise outstanding bibliography so far.

“It” by Stephen King

One of the most detailed and longest books written by King, It follows a group of young children in a small Maine town who are menaced by an otherworldly creature able to take the form of their worst fears.

“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

Not only is The Haunting of Hill House one of the best ghost stories in recent memory, but Shirley Jackson's most popular and well-remembered novel is often cited as one of the best ghost stories ever written period.

“I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson

While many novels explore the mythos of vampires or zombies, Matheson's I Am Legend set the standard for both genres as we know them.

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

There’s a reason the book has continued to rank as one of the greatest horror novels of the past 200 years, making it a book that is definitely worth your time.

“The Shadow Over Innsmouth” by H.P. Lovecraft

Dark, strange, and twisted, The Shadow over Innsmouth is a suspenseful story that builds up the wonderful mystery of what exactly is going on in the strange village of Innsmouth.

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