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9 Of The Most TERRIFYING Horror Books Ever

9 Of The Most TERRIFYING Horror Books Ever

Literature can bring a smile to your face, make you cry and even terrify you at times. Book authors at times are so real while penning down the emotions that you ought to live those moments and feel the emotions. While a majority of readers are inclined towards fiction, love stories etc many of the readers also like to read horror stories. Horror stories can give you scary nightmares and goosebumps and if you like to experience it more often, here is the list of best books you can read.


We have curated a list of some of the best horror novels of all time which will scare you to the maximum limit.

Best Horror Novels Of All Time

House of Leaves


House of Leaves

(By: Mark Z. Danielewski )


Written by Mark Z. Danielewski this is indeed one of the most terrifying books to read. This novel is based on a family that shifts to a new house on the Ash Lane Tree. While being in the house they experience some unusual and unexpected things. They soon realize that the house they are residing in is smaller on the outside and compared to the inside. The novel is a piece of art that makes you believe the story and is a novel worth reading if you love horror.


Rosemary's Baby


Rosemary's Baby

(By: Ira Levin )


Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (1967) is a story of a young couple Rosemary and Guy searching for an apartment in New York where the actor can pursue his career in films and Rosemary can be a mother which she desperately wanted. The suspense and horror start when the girl is raped and drugged by a devil and was cared for creating a dilemma that her husband was doing all this to her. It is at the later stages the couple realizes what exactly is happening with them when they start experiencing weird incidents and is truly an addictive horror novel that keeps you awake all night long.


The Haunting of Hill House


The Haunting of Hill House

(By: Shirley Jackson )

This is indeed one of the best horror novels written by Shirley Jackson, which is based on two different timelines between a family of two adults and their 5 children. It describes how the family shifted to the Hill House to renovate it so that they can sell it later. However, they start experiencing abnormal and paranormal activities inside the Hill House and suffer a lot of loss that makes them abandon the house. The tale repeats itself after 26 years with the Crain brothers and their father and is worth keeping you glued to itself.


Lord of the Flies


Lord of the Flies

(By: William Golding )

Written in late1954, Lord OF The Files was named in the Modern Library of 100 best novels. It was also recognized by Time magazine among the top 100 novels. Lord Of The Flies is an amazing horror novel that revolves around an isolated island where some British kids are grounded and their unrealistic attempts to survive and govern themselves. It is themed around the differences in the level of thinking, emotional reactions, etc.


Carrion Comfort


Carrion Comfort

(By: Dan Simmons )

Carrion Comfort has been able to grab some of the most prestigious awards for the best horror novel. Written by Dan Simmons it grabbed the Bram Stoker award, Locus Poll award as well as the August Derleth Award. The novel is based on a small group of people that had supernormal powers which they referred to as The Ability. With these paranormal abilities, they were able to perform mystical actions and control people to do anything, including heinous tasks such as murders.


Pet Sematary


Pet Sematary

(By: Stephen King )

Another all-time favorite horror novel of all time is Pet Sematary. Written by Stephen King, this novel is a piece of amazing writing that leaves no stones unturned to scare you to the highest limit. With a simple concept written beautifully, it portrays a magical cemetery that can bring dead people to life again. However, as simple as it sounds the dead things coming back to life are certainly more terrifying and horrifying than what they used to be in their normal life.


The Girl Next Door


The Girl Next Door

(By: Jack Ketchum )

Horror is sometimes also referred to revolve around societal norms and comes into the picture when one is completely uncertain of them. Based on two girls who faced dreadful abuse by their mother and three sons, it showcases the atrocities and unimaginable incidents suffered by these two sisters and is based on real events. The Girl Next Door is a must-read in the list of best horror stories.


The Stand


The Stand

(By: Stephen King )

During the times of Covid 19, this horror book can easily help you relate to the story and is horrific to read in the present times. The Stand is written by Stephen King and is the best novel written by him. Based on a deadly and heinous virus capable of destroying the entire globe, it is sufficient to give you the goosebumps you require during the pandemic.



Ghost Story


Ghost Story

(By: Peter Straub )

Another best selling horror novel of all the times is the Ghost Story. Peter Straub the author has written this novel in the old-style elementary method that excites and terrifies at the same time. The story is based on a group of 5 friends who meet to share their part of ghost stories till the time one of the friends dies an unexpected death. This forces the others to think of their deaths and is worth a read.



So guys, if you are more of a horror novel person and are looking for what to read next, pick one from the above-mentioned novels worth giving you the most awaited horror experience.
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