9 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With Horror

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Horror is not for the faint of heart. Dark magic, murderers, and things that go bump in the night are just too much for some readers to handle. But if you've got even a touch of morbid curiosity, you'll can face the terror, mystery, and life-and-death stakes of the genre with excitement and even delight. The nine books listed here are great reads for long-time horror fans as well as readers looking to expand their horizons. When you click links from this website, we may receive advertising revenue to support our research. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

9 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With Horror

Title Author More by the Author
1. The Haunting of Gillespie House Darcy Coates Hunted The Carrow Haunt
2. The Glittering World Robert Levy The Madness of Dr. Caligari Autumn Cthulhu
3. Red Moon Benjamin Percy Thrill Me The Dark Net
4. The Silence Tim Lebbon Relics Predator
5. Better Alive Than Dead Rob E. Boley That Risen Snow That Wicked Apple
6. He Waits Luke Smitherd The Stone Man Kill Someone
7. The Line J.D. Horn The Source The Void
8. December Park Ronald Malfi Bone White Floating Staircase
9. The Living Dead John Joseph Adams Wastelands Brave New Worlds

5 Great Horror Movies

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. The Babadook (2014)
  3. Get Out (2017)
  4. Psycho (1960)
  5. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Why Do We Like Being Scared?

In Depth

If you enjoy the chill that runs down your spine when you hear a scary story, and get excited every year when Halloween comes around, you've come to the right place. Whether you've been reading horror novels for years, or are just starting to dip your toe into the genre, the selections on this list will get your adrenaline pumping. In no particular order, here are nine books that will make you fall in love with horror.

#1: "The Haunting of Gillespie House" by Darcy Coates. Elle is tasked to look after the picturesque Gillespie property while the owners are away. Eager to find a place to be alone, she gladly accepts the job. One day, Elle stumbles upon an old cemetery, concealed within the woods. The gravestones reveal that most of Gillespie's family members are buried there. But what she finds very unsettling is that all of them died the same year. As she continues to probe the mystery, Elle encounters hair-raising experiences which make her realize that she's not alone after all.

#2: "The Glittering World" by Robert Levy. Michael returns to Starling Cove, a hidden rural community in Canada. It's his hometown, although he doesn't have any memories of his childhood there, except for one incident. When he was young, he got lost in the woods with another child. It took weeks for them to be found. After that, her mother took him to the United States. Now, he comes back to this sleepy town to sell his grandmother's house. The events take a bizarre turn when Michael and his friend Elisa disappear.

The events take a bizarre turn when Michael and his friend Elisa disappear.

#3: "Red Moon" by Benjamin Percy. The story features the lives of three characters caught in complicated circumstances. Claire witnesses the gruesome murder of her parents in the hands of government agents. Patrick is the lone survivor of a plane terror attack, which makes him a hero in public's eyes. Meanwhile, Chase is the newly-elected president of the United States. The lives of these main characters intertwine as Chase's administration is resolved to eliminate all lycans and werewolves, including Claire and Patrick.

#4: "The Silence" by Tim Lebbon. Scientists discover a cave which is believed to be millions of years old. This news creates a global buzz, as the press covers the development of the event every day. When the underground chamber is opened, bat-like creatures known as Vesps are set free. These monstrous beasts feed on live flesh, including humans. They start killing every living creature that they come across. Ally, a deaf woman, witnesses first-hand how the Vesps behave. She observes that they are attracted to noise. With this knowledge, she helps her family run away from them. The task is not easy because even the slightest sound can put their lives in danger.

#5: "Better Alive Than Dead" by Rob E. Boley. This book is a compilation of thirteen stories with plots that are dark and grim. It introduces new creatures from the author's playful imagination, which include a cursed hole, a man who gets drunk and becomes omniscient after he wakes up, and a dental clinic for unconventional patients.

This book is a compilation of thirteen stories with plots that are dark and grim.

#6: "He Waits" by Luke Smitherd. This thriller is divided into two parts: the titular "He Waits" and "Keep Your Children Close." The first story is about Ben, a young man who sees ghosts and other supernatural beings in his nightmares. His frightening dreams first started to haunt him after watching "Ghostbusters" as a child. After so many years, these dreams still visit him frequently. His nightmares and the creepy creatures dwelling in them seem incredibly real. He is starting to believe that the monsters are no longer just a product of his imagination, but are part of his world waiting to wreak havoc.

In the second story, Shelley takes her family for a weekend camping trip. There, she meets a couple and gets close to the wife. Things begin to get creepy when her car fails to start, just when they are about to leave. Now, they are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Strange events make Shelley realize that danger is lurking, and her children could be the next victims.

#7: "The Line " by J.D. Horn. Mercy belongs to a family of powerful witches that traces its roots from old colonial Savannah. Despite her lineage, she is born powerless, which is a big disappointment for her entire clan. On the contrary, Maise, Mercy's fraternal twin, has magical skills that are growing steadily every day. The protagonist wants to prove that she is not a "useless" witch. She seeks the help of a Hoodoo queen who can teach her magical spells. But before her training day comes, her aunt Ginny asks her to come over. When she arrives there, she finds her aunt dead, without a trace of the killer.

But before her training day comes, her aunt Ginny asks her to come over.

#8: "December Park" by Ronald Malfi. In 1993, children in a small suburb of Harting Farms mysteriously disappear. After several days, they are found dead near December Park, a spacious area surrounded by lush trees. As the killings continue, a group of teenage boys vows to find the serial killer. They are determined to save the day, but their inexperience and childish behavior put them in great peril.

#9: "The Living Dead" by John Joseph Adams. This publication is a collection of short stories that feature one common element: mindless zombies. The narratives come from some of the most iconic writers in horror and fantasy: Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and George R. R. Martin. The tales are full of fascinating characters, including a prostitute who exacts revenge against a serial killer, dead bodies coming out of their graves to amend the mistakes of the living, and the last living person on earth.