What are the scariest horror books

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Posted on August 3, 2021

We’ve all heard of horror movies, but don’t forget that before the advent of horror movies were horror books. And horror books continue to scare the living daylights out of readers to this day. And while horror books don’t have the visual, gotcha moments with scary music in the background, they do allow for the imagination to run wild, which sometimes can be even more vividly scary than what the big screen can show.

So, if you’re looking to shake things up a bit and add some fear into your life without turning on a screen, consider reading one of the following ten horror books from my recommendation list:

Top 10 scariest horror books

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Night Film by Marisha Pessi

Ring by Koji Suzuki

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

Pet Semetary by Stephen King

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy


These are just a few recommendations, but I guarantee any one of them will give you at a minimum a good fright and hopefully a bit of an entertaining, terrifying read!