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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

60 Scary Books That Will Give You the Chills This Halloween


60 Scary Books That Will Give You the Chills This Halloween

I've never been much a fan of the horror genre for both books and movies... that is until I decided to try my hand at writing it. I started my first novel around this time last year after finding inspiration in a  modern novel about Mina Harker and Dracula's secret romance. Since then I have been on the hunt for the scariest books in modern literature. I am determined to make my story spooky enough to chill the spines of millions of readers just like the one's listed here below.

With Halloween right around the corner I'm sure you're in the mood for some macabre entertainment; and with 60 of the planets best horror stories to chose from, I'm sure you'll find something worthwhile to keep you company tonight... that is if you're brave enough....


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“A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare.” 
-- Stephen King

EVERYBODY IS A BOOK OF BLOOD; 
WHEREVER WE'RE OPENED, WE'RE RED
-- Clive Barker 

"One of the scariest and best-written thrillers of the year"
-- Chicago Sun-Times

"Gruesome and grimly funny"
--BookPage

“Think Rob Zombie meets John Waters meets—I’m not quite sure what...” 
--Paul Tremblay

"Epic in scale and scope but intimately disturbing... A nightmarish chronicle of predator and prey that will shatter your world view forever..." 
--Guillermo del Toro

"If you’re reading Morrell, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat." 
-- Michael Connelly



“A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine.” 
-- Booklist review

"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining (1977)."
-- Booklist Review

"Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead ."
-- New York Times Review of Books

"16 beautifully brutal tales of hardcore horror.."
-- Amazon description

"With pop culture references and attention to fashion detail, White keeps the story both timely and engaging. It’s her devious mind, however, that puts the thrill in this thriller."
-- Publishers Weekly

"McKinney, author of the wildly successful "Dead City," dramatizes the widespread zombie plague in the bloody, terrifying prequel to 'Apocalypse of the Dead'."
--Amazon description

"Full of roller-coaster twists and turns, Neal Shusterman's latest page-turner is an Orpheus-like adventure into one boy's psyche."
-- Amazon description

"Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" is an appealing example of late Victorian horror fiction.
--Amazon review

"Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect."
--Amazon descirption

“Funny, always on the edge of reality and bloodied by the profound horror of narcissism.” 
 -- Playboy 

"[Hill]’s got horror down pat, and his debut is hair-raising fun.” 
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills."
--Stephen King

Horror: The Door that Leads Nowhere Paperback by Tracy Stewart
"... actually [this]  is one of the most exciting horror stories I’ve ever read."
-- Amazon review

“It will overwhelm you…Characters so real you feel you are reading about yourself…scenes to be read in a well-lit room only.”
-- Los Angeles Times

"The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence . . . harrowing." 
-- The New York Review of Books

"In the Night Room provides more than a good scare; it deals with themes like the nature of reality and the consequences of artistic creation."
-- Bookmarks Magazine

"...If you like your fiction marinated in blood and sex, then this is the book for you.” 
-- Gary Raisor

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
“[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs.”
-- USA Today Pop Candy

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“Read it with the lights on and your children locked in a closet.” 
-- BookRiot.com

"...This book completely SCARED ME. The thought of the doctor still makes me shudder..."
-- Amazon review

"Readers with strong stomachs will welcome this unusual take on the future."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"How much do you remember about your childhood?"
-- Amazon Description

"This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written."
-- Amazon Description

“A darkly brilliant tale of modern devilry that induces the reader to believe the unbelievable. I believed it and was altogether enthralled.” 
-- Truman Capote

"'Scarecrow Gods' is far removed from your normal horror novel. While it touches on issues that we've seen in the past (i.e. cults, old man befriends boy, good vs. evil), it takes every one of these in a entirely new direction."
-- Amazon Review

"One hundred years ago in Port Arbello a pretty little girl began to scream. And struggle. And die. No one heard. No one saw. Just one man whose guilty heart burst in pain as he dashed himself to death in the sea."
-- From the publisher

"This book will scare the hell out of you."
 --Kansas City Times

“Too compelling to put down.” 
-- Fangoria

The Cipher by Kathe Koja
"Super creepy and weird. Made me feel completely uncomfortable and unsettled. A very unique reading experience!"
-- Amazon review

All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms.

“A fast-paced Exorcist-meets-Da Vinci Code.”
-- Maclean's (Canada)

"As the novel progresses, Rena Mason continuously demonstrates equal ability in handling both graphic imagery and the surreal atmosphere that permeate the storyline." 
-New York Journal of Books

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
"Wonderfully exciting." 
--Newsweek

The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti
"Set in 19th century Hungary and Romania, The Gentling Box is the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel about a half-gypsy horse trader named Imre and the terrifying choices he must make in order to save the family he loves from the curse known as the hand of the dead"
-- Amazon description

"Realism is what makes this novel so terrifying ... the monsters ..are human, and all the more horrifying for it."
-- Mike Baker, Afraid Magazine

"Rin Chupeco does a fine job of integrating folklore and culture with J[apanese]-horror elements..It hit all the right horror notes with me, and I absolutely recommend it to fans looking for a good scare."
-- The Book Smugglers

"A cleverly constructed suspense thriller."
-- Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row

Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has unnerved readers since its original publication in 1959. A tale of subtle, psychological terror, it has earned its place as one of the significant haunted house stories of the ages.
-- Amazon

Some houses live in perpetual shadow. Valhalla is one of them. The old mansion was built by legendary gambler and womanizer Jack Belias, and every inhabitant since him has met with tragedy. 
-- Amazon

"Haunting, harrowing, and downright horrifying..."
--Amazon

The Ritual by Adam Nevill
"A mind-twisting journey into the dark backwoods of terror. Deeply disturbing and absolutely riveting."
-- Jonathan Maberry

“The Secret Place will keep you up all night.”
-- Bustle.com

“This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.” 
-- Nashville Banner

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
"Cantero's fresh, original prose style and the steady flow of twists, turns, and code breaking will have mystery, thriller, and supernatural fans glued to their seats until they reach the electrifying conclusion."
--Library Journal (Starred Review)

The Terror by Dan Simmons
"'The Terror' is both dazzling history and a sparkling chiller."
-- Caroline Leavitt, People

" You think your hometown is scary? Wait until you read the new shocker from the man Stephen King calls 'a Master'."
-- Amazon

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
"Widely recognized as one of literature's most gripping ghost stories, this classic tale of moral degradation concerns the sinister transformation of two innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites."
-- Amazon

"Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down."
-- The Financial Times 

"A rattling good yarn, the sort that chills the mind as well as the spine." 
--The Guardian

Walkers by Graham Masterton
The Oaks is an idyllic, up-market country club - but behind its ornately carved walls is an horrific past. Sixty years ago the house was an asylum, home to crazed psychopaths, all of whom disappeared one night, never to be seen again.
-- Amazon description 

“Superbly atmospheric. . . . The dark tones of Poe in her haunting have also the elasticity of Haruki Murakami’s surreal mental landscapes.”
-- The Independent (UK)

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6 comments:

  1. Your novel sounds great - I love Dracula and related books. - Trish

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  2. awesome picks!! I really need to read Miss Peregrines! Also, Coraline (the book) was really creepy for a kid's book - have you read it?

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  3. I'm such a huge horror genre fan, more with films than books, but I do love Stephen King. Great list, Hollie. I'll see if I can get my hands on some of these, esp. The Demonologist!

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  4. Can't believe I haven't read half these books! Thanks for adding them to my To Be Read pile! :')
    Aimee @ TheNaturalAffect.com

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  5. What a great list of spooky books! My teen daughter will love search the list for something new and fun to read. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I'm sort of a scaredy cat so I don't really do horror movies or books, but I do find the vampire craze pretty entertaining the romance novel about Dracula sounds interesting!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Allison Jones | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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