Top 10 Horror Books Of All Time

Top 10 Horror Books Of All Time

If you love to read horror Stories here, for your horrifying pleasure, are some of the Scariest Books or novels ever written in English language. As I have read all the books given here except the newest ones, I can say without a doubt that they are all great stories. So whether you’re just getting into the horror genre, looking for a quick read, or looking for something to scare the daylights out of yourself with, I highly encourage everybody to must read these Top 10 Horror Books Of All Time. These are one of the very best horror books you will read in your lifetime.

Browse through the Top 10 Horror Books Of All Time list and maybe you pick up a book or two that you haven’t read yet and are scarier than almost any movie you could be watching.

Top 10 Horror Books Of All Time

The Light at the End by John Skipp and Craig Spector:

The Light at the End by John Skipp and Craig Spector

The Light at the End is a vampire tale that is violent, brutal, hilarious, and boundary-breaking in its way. It was written by John Skipp & Craig Spector in year 1986 which became a New York Times bestseller and is often recognized as the book that initiated the splatterpunk movement.  It is defining moment within a subgenre which would later change into the hardcore horror of today. The story follows the transformation and final destruction of the street punk night crawler, Rudy Pasko. Absent are the romantic ideals of vampirism. Rudy was a leach on society long before he became a vampire.  He is both victim and villain, lurking deep within New York City’s subway tunnels. No matter how dark and dreadful things get, there is always a light at the end

Swan Song by Robert McCammon:

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Swan Song is a 1987 horror novel by American novelist Robert R. McCammon. He started his career writing firewalling horror books and now is writing historical fiction. He makes you care intensely about his characters, takes huge risks, and writes with a ton of heart. It is a work of post-apocalyptic fiction telling the aftermath of a nuclear war that incites an evolution in humankind.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House is a novel written by author Shirley Jackson, one of the most intriguing writers of the 20th century. It is widely considered as one of the best literary ghost stories published in the year 1959. Also it has been made into two feature films and a play. It is the winner of the National Book Award. This novel relies on terror rather than horror to extract emotion by the reader, developing multifarious relationships between the strange events in the house and the characters’ psyches.

Last Days by Brian Evenson:

Last Days by Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is known as an American academic writer of both literary fiction and popular fiction. His fiction, often described as literary minimalism which makes common use of dark humor and often features characters struggling with the limits and consequences of knowledge.  Last Days is a hardboiled horror novel about a mutilate detective, Kline, who is recruited to solve a mystery in a bizarre religious cult. The cult believes that mutilation is holy, and creates a religious hierarchy based on the number of amputations members have.

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum:

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

The Girl Next Door was written by author Jack Ketchum in 1989. It is based on the true story of the murder of Sylvia Likens, who in 1965, brutally tortured, mutilated, and humiliated for months at the hands of her caregiver in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Girl Next Door is a real-life horror, so believable and psychologically wise it might just change you in an intense way.

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker:

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker

The Damnation Game is the first novel written by author Clive Barker, published in 1985. Joseph Whitehead is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He hired a personal bodyguard for him, Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison who knows the job isn’t going to be easy. But what he finds surpasses his wildest nightmares–someone is coming to collect the soul of his employer as payment for an old and terrible debt; someone who can animate the dead and co-opt the spirit of the young girl Marty has come to love; someone who counts off the years of his existence in centuries and the evils he has done in infinities; someone who will not rest until all the love and goodness have been banished from the world . . .

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle:

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

The Devil in Silver might be his best book, a story about a man who gets improperly placed in a mental institution. He’s not mentally ill. He is accused of a crime he can’t quite square with his memory.  The Devil in Silver intensely brings together the influential themes that spark all of Victor LaValle’s radiant fiction: trust, race, class, madness, and our relationship with the unseen and the strange. It’s an enthralling suspenseful work of literary horror about friendship, love, and the courage to kill our own demons.

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn –

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Geek Love is a novel written by Katherine Dunn written in 1989. This book is always seen on a lot of “best of” lists, perhaps. It’s not straightforward horror like some of the other books here. It’s horrific, but it’s the horror of a certain kind of familial love. There are books that create a world and pull you in and it’s like slipping underwater: you’re deeply entrenched with those characters, that story, until the book ends and you can surface for air. Geek Love is one of those rare books and I hope you’ll love this novel. It was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Enter Night by Michael Rowe:

Enter Night by Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe is an award-winning Canadian writer, journalist, novelist and anthologist who published the novel, Enter Night. Rowe draws the reader in slowly and uses his remote Canadian setting to great effect. There is nothing gory or outrageous on display—Rowe wants to scare the reader, that is clearly his express mandate, and he is so well-versed in the trappings of fear, the slow accumulation of dread, that you will likely have to take breaks while reading this to unlink your tensed-up muscles.

Enter Night, a vampire story set in Northern Ontario in 1972 and was published in 2011 by ChiZine Publications. On April 13, 2012, Enter, Night was declared finalist for Canada’s prestigious Prix Aurora Awards in the English Language Novel category. The Prix Aurora Awards are awarded annually to celebrate the best in Canadian speculative fiction. “Enter, Night” was also selected for the Sunburst Award.

Ghost Story by Peter Straub:

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Ghost Story was published on January 1, 1979 is a horror novel written by Peter Straub. this book was also adapted into a film in the same year. The story takes place in the fictional town of Milburn, New York, and is told from the alternating points of view of four men in their old age. The protagonist, lifelong friends who call themselves the “Chowder Society,” gather sometimes to talk about and share ghost stories. When one of the four dies suddenly, the three survivors find themselves obsessed by dreams in which they also die. As the story unfolds, the four men’s past is discovered to hold a murder from their youth, and they begin to terror that the young woman they killed has come back to take revenge upon them.

If there are any of the best scariest novels which appeal to you, then you can sit back knowing that you have chosen one of the best and that you will enjoy a really good read and when you get to the end, leave a comment below about your favorite scary stories.

I hope you enjoy these tales of horror..!!

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