Bone-Chilling Books for Horror Fans

Posted by Hayley on November 13, 2017
Joe Hill is the author of Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2, and The Fireman, last year's Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Horror. His latest book, Strange Weather, is a collection of four terrifying novellas that explore the darker, weirder side of the imagination.


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Not everyone wants a pleasant story. Have readers on your gift list who prefer chills and thrills? Scare them silly with recommendations from Hill.


"Goodreads asked me to share the 12 books that terrified me most—innocently forgetting that 12 is one short of the devil's lucky number," Hill says. "Here are 13 to thrill, a butcher's dozen to cure you of your need to sleep."

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What books would you recommend for horror fans? Share them with us in the comments!

See the complete coverage of our Gift Guide including:
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message 1: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I love the fact that I have a either already read these or they are on my to read list.


message 2: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Me too Michelle!


message 4: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Hey Char thanks for the info, I have the House of Leaves, how the hell do you read it lol. As for the others I am going to look into them!! I love a good scare!!


message 5: by Bob (new)

Bob Summer of Night

That book gave me chills, which says something considering that I was reading it in late June and early July.


message 6: by berthamason (new)

berthamason Decent list.


message 7: by Rob (new)

Rob Bob wrote: "Summer of Night

That book gave me chills, which says something considering that I was reading it in late June and early July."


Recently finished this book and I completely agree. However, it took me a long time to finish it lol.


message 8: by Rob (new)

Rob Great list. Glad to discover some books, I've not heard of like Ghost Story and The Little Stranger.


message 9: by Jason (new)

Jason P Bob wrote: "Summer of Night

That book gave me chills, which says something considering that I was reading it in late June and early July."


Don't forget the sequel, A Winter Haunting. :) It's a good one!


message 10: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Whitlock Bird Box by Josh Malerman and Hell House by Richard Matheson. Both feel creepy and dark from the start


message 11: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Char wrote: "I would recommend:

House of Leaves

Enter, Night

Some of Your Blood

The Ballad of Black Tom"


These and the ones recommended are on my TBR already. Phew!!


message 12: by Char (new)

Char Alondra wrote: "Char wrote: "I would recommend:

House of Leaves

Enter, Night

Some of Your Blood

The Ballad of Black Tom"

These and the ones recommend..."


Nice! There needs to be some McCammon on this list as well.


message 13: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Char wrote: "Nice! There needs to be some McCammon on this list as well...."

True. I know Stephen King is a fan of McCammon; so Joe needs to get on it! LOL


message 14: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Jason wrote: "Bob wrote: "Summer of Night

That book gave me chills, which says something considering that I was reading it in late June and early July."

Don't forget the sequel, A Winter Haunting. :) It's a g..."


Sounds good!


message 15: by Elke (new)

Elke Great list, but most likely the receiver of the gift will have already read the recommended books and other classics.

Considering the season I would highly recommend:

Krampus: The Yule Lord

Otherwise:
Bottomfeeder
Sour Candy
Let the Right One In

Or try something different:
Kumquat


message 16: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith If you like Dracula I would recommend Le Fanu's Carmilla and Polidori's the Vampyre.
I would also recommend the following:
Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (It's a re-telling of Bluebeard)
Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan
The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman


message 17: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Juliet wrote: "If you like Dracula I would recommend Le Fanu's Carmilla and Polidori's the Vampyre.
I would also recommend the following:
Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Ni..."


Great recommendations; I added Polidori's Vampyre last year and have Uncle Silas waiting in the wings. :)


message 18: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Wow Juliet those sound chilling!!!! I have to get myself one!


message 19: by Miscret (new)

Miscret i've read The shining and I agree that is one of the most terrifying books that I could have read. Is not terror for gosebumps, but it caused me psicologic panic.


message 20: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Well Miscret I am glad you liked it but I'm sorry it caused panic for you, I know that feeling well, maybe you should go for some lighter Stephen King, not that there is much of that lol


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