Nine Best Horror Books of all time that will not let you sleep

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We have covered romance books, suspense/thriller books before, now it’s the time to share with you the best horror books of all time that will not let you sleep. Do you love the horror genre? I have read a few horror books including my favorite Dracula by Bram Stoker.

The love for the horror genre is still running in my veins as I can’t control the excitement, the curiosity that comes with the genre. Whether I am watching a horror movie or reading one of the best horror books of all time, I am equally delighted. So without further adieu, let me take you through the list –

1. Beloved by Toni Morrison

Considered Morrison’s fundamental work, Beloved is intertwined with the ghastly history of America. After facing a lot of trauma and injustices, Sethe, a former slave had to slit her baby girl’s throat so that she doesn’t have to go through the same pain as hers.

Beloved by Toni Morrison, 1987

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Life becomes hell for her after eighteen years when the child starts tormenting her, more than anybody else. Morrison’s deep-cutting prose takes the breath away along with the surreal environments in the book. This makes it a masterpiece of all the contemporary horror books of all time.

2. Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

The premise behind this book, Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons, is that a select group of people with psychic powers are behind the violent actions of humans throughout history.

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons, 1989

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Who can help in such a scenario? A man, who is a Holocaust survivor has to extinguish this ancient evil before they do any more harm.

3. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline’s new house has a mysterious door. Not listening to her neighbors’ constant advice of not opening the door under any circumstances, she has to bear the consequences…

Coraline by Neil Gaiman, 2002

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You will love the wondrous and chilling imagination of Gaiman in this one for sure!

4. It by Stephen King

Imagine clowns can also give you nightmares! In this story, the title character (Pennywise the Dancing Clown) is a demonic entity that disguises itself while pursuing its prey.

It by Stephen King, 1986

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Alternating between two time periods (childhood and adulthood), It is packed with fascinating tangents that expertly flesh out the sad, traumatized, and occasionally nostalgic natives of this quiet Maine town.

5. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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A town, ‘Salem’s Lot is haunted by some unspeakable evil that continues to live on in the town. Two people, a man, and a boy, living thousands of miles away, will have to come back to ‘Salem’s Lot for the final confrontation.

6. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

One of the best books in the list of best horror books of all time, this book and also the movie, still give the chills down the spine.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

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A story of one child’s demonic possession and two priests’ attempts to save her from a fate that can be worse than even death. This literary landmark of the 21st-century is a must-read!

7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This horror classic has a spooky story premise. a parapsychologist invites a group of volunteers for a stay at an old mansion.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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The mansion has a bloody mystery. As the story progresses, each of the guests is confronted by inexplicable phenomena. Having this book on your bookshelves is a must if you are a lover of the horror genre.

8. The Ruins by Scott Smith

A story of two couples enjoying their lazy Mexican vacation days where they plan to one and dine in luxury as well as make friends with fellow tourists.

The Ruins by Scott Smith, 2006

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The twist comes when the brother of one of them goes missing. They decide to venture deep into the jungle to look out for him only to find an ancient ruins site and a terrifying presence that lurks there.

9. White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi is a modern take on Gothic horror. A house in the isolated Dover, England, has housed four generations of Silver Women.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi, 2009

The house has witnessed a lot of tragic history and seems to cope by working mischief.

With this, we compile the nine best horror books of all time that you must read as a lover of the horror genre. Which of these are your favorites? Do share with us in the comments section below.

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