48 Horror Recommendations to Suit Your Reading Mood
If you’ve ever accidentally scared yourself so badly with a book that you couldn’t sleep, you might have wished for a way to predict the type of terror you’re stumbling into before you start reading.
While we can’t quite tell you if or how much a book will scare you (after all, one person’s terrifying clown is another person’s, well, normal clown), we can tell you how some of your fellow Goodreads members classify their reads. In that vein, we’ve put together a recommendations list of horror novels to cover a variety of reading situations you might find yourself in. Whether you’re in the mood for something short and scary, YA and scary, or funny and scary, we think you’ll find a book or two here to enjoy.
Don’t forget to add any titles that send a shiver down your spine to your Want to Read shelf, and be sure to share your favorite horror recommendations in the comments below!
According to fellow readers, these books are more of the quietly dread-inducing, “chilling and thrilling” variety than the “oops, now I am screaming forever” type of scary. (Your mileage may vary, of course.)
I want to be scared by the atmosphere...
I’m looking for scary short stories...Looking for brief (but effective) jolts of terror? Try these short-story and novella collections that pack a majorly macabre punch.
It takes a truly talented writer to craft a story that is both funny and scary. Goodreads members say these books will make you laugh out loud (between all the screaming).
I like my horror with a side of humor...
The horror novel equivalent of a movie jump scare is when you think you know where the story is going...and then it veers off in a different and terrifying direction.
I want to read retellings that subvert old tales...
Tell me about young adult horror...Kids, they just wanna be scared! As if going through puberty isn’t petrifying enough, layer in some monsters and the teenage years have never felt stranger.
Terrify me with some mixed-media horror...
Creepy marginalia, stories told in podcast form, scary poetry, graphic novels, even an IKEA catalog! These books tell terrifying tales in nontraditional formats, proving that horror writers have a lot of creative bones in their bodies.
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