“A book is a thousand emotions interleaved between the pages”.
A person to book relation is a very personal one. No matter how deep you delve into understanding it, it can never be contained or framed into a definition. Reading a book can have different reasons and choices of the genre are also the same. It’s like the choice of food. Some like it spicy while some may have a sweet tooth.
Thankfully, there are a plethora of options like horror stories, short stories, science fiction, comedy, romance, biographies, motivational, etc. The list is endless. You can never run out of trying a new genre or a new book to read.
In this article, we talk about the thrill of reading horror books and some of the best horror books for you to read. A book is often an escape and for book lovers, it’s like being in an amusement park. Horror books are like that roller coaster ride that not everyone dares to sit through.
There is something intrinsically exciting and adventurous about horror books and therefore it does not come as a surprise that many of them are film adaption. Some scary tales are quite closer to real life and so they are very much successful in sending a chill down your spine.
Here is a list of some such crazy horror books you must try if you have a liking for this genre.
This novel was written way back in 1959. But, it’s been turned into a Netflix series only last year. So, this book full of gothic horror is sure to add every spice you would expect in a classic horror book. The story has elements that have to offer psychological terror to the reader and it makes an impact on your mind that only a few writers are capable of achieving. Shirley Jackson in many ways has been an inspiration to writers of the subsequent generations and a pioneer with her style of writing.
Vampires have made as characters of much interest in the world of horror stories forever. This story revolves around Lestat, Louis, and Claudia where the latter two are on the path of vengeance. This is Louis & Claudia’s journey in finding those alike themselves. But, is it easy to live with other vampires like them. Was it the best choice to go finding other vampires? Or, does it turn out to be a bad move? This book will keep you captivated till the last page and deserves to be on your list.
This might sound an ordinary tale where a family moves into a new house that is haunted and they notice all weird things happening. Well, that’s not all that happens with the house of leaves. It is interesting to read this book not only for the story but for the unique way of narration. The footnotes, unusual page layout, and the fact that you would have to turn the book upside down to read a few pages. It’s more of an experience than just another horror story. If you are looking for something like that, then this book is your pick.
This is another masterpiece bu the remarkable author of World War Z. The plot to this story is set in the post-eruption scenario of Mount Rainier. The journal of Kate Holland that is found has some spine-chilling entries which if to be believed, the Bigfoot is still walking amongst us. This book is the best amalgamation of a horror story with scientific acknowledgment and driven by fiction. This Greenloop massacre story is something that every horror book fan will devour.
It is not every day that a book can successfully transport you to an altogether different world. But, that is a sign of a powerfully written, great book. Isn’t it? This book is a collection of some of the scariest stories; each better than the one before. Yet, you can’t pick just one favorite out of it. They are all superb. You need to read it to know how great it is. To name a few, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death. It has everything from serial killers to dangerous sea voyages to gruesome murders.
A young girl possessed by the demon needs to be saved. It is a battle not only for the young woman but for everyone that needs to be fought together. What’s petrifying is that some excerpts of the book are from real-life events. The hero-like role of the priests in carrying on exorcism on the 12-year-old girl is an unforgettable one. Once you read this book, it is sure to make a place among your top favorite horror books.
A burial ground past the pet cemetery that can make any dead person be resurrected is where all the action takes place. A family that goes through a series of mishappenings is helped by their kind neighbor. The story is very casual and seems relatable in the beginning. The love for pets in the family gives you all the warmth. Up, until their beloved cat dies. Is the dead better than bringing back to life? This scary tale will tell you.
A few might look down upon this due to the graphic details with which the murders are narrated in the book. But, it’s the prowess of the writer and no matter how controversial, this book gives you the chills. The character sketch of Patrick Bateman is gradual in declination to becoming a psycho and that has been wonderfully put into words. No, it isn’t a glorification nor an inspiration, but, if you are looking for an incredibly written book that scares you, you don’t need to look any further.
This list comprises of some of the scariest stories ever that will make it scary for you to sleep without a lamp. But, isn’t that what a real ghost story or a scary story is supposed to do?
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