These horror books are so good they should have movies made after them!
If you ask a group of readers to define horror, you’ll receive a lot of different answers.
They may involve murderers, serial killers, vampires, werewolves or ghosts — or all of these things at once.
The only thing in common is that it has to frighten you. This could take the form of a creeping dread or an explosion of terrible violence; a newbie who is led to fear they are going insane; or something dreadful that has always been in the house.
There may be well-knowingly frightening objects, such as clowns or dolls, as well as horrifying methods of thinking.
These are some of the best horror books ever written by some of the most famous and talented writers!
The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill, published by Vintage Publishing
From the moment a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps, is dispatched to the country to deal with a reclusive dead woman’s bequest and is forced to stay in her house for the night by approaching tides, Hill’s totally horrifying slow-creep of a horror takes the smile off your face.
Hill decided to see if people still wanted to be scared out of their minds when she decided to create a ghost story. Her novel has impacted generations of writers since. This book was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.
‘White is for Witching’ by Helen Oyeyemi, published by Picador
What if it’s the house itself that’s haunting you? Following in the footsteps of Shirley Conran’s The Haunting of Hill House, Oyeyemi’s book is ostensibly about the Silver twins and their family, but it’s really about the malevolence that lurks beneath every floorboard of their Dover home, 29 Barton Road, and how it has claimed the lives of the maternal Silver line for itself. With a level of restrained elegance, Oyeyemi presents a breathtakingly disturbing story that will fill your stomach with dread.
The watchers by A.M. Shine
There isn’t a map of this woodland. At the treeline, every car breaks down. Mina’s is no exception. Mina is stranded in the dark woods, where she encounters a woman screaming for her to run to a concrete bunker.
Screams fill the building as the door crashes shut behind her.
From debut Irish author A.M. Shine comes a spine-chilling Irish horror adventure set in the isolated and ominous forests of Ireland.
Collected Ghost Stories: (OWC Hardback) (Oxford World’s Classics Hardback Collection)
M. R. James was a distinguished scholar who spent his whole adult life in the academic environs of Eton and Cambridge, and was often regarded as the most scary writer in English.
All of James’ published ghost stories are included in this book, including the unforgettable ‘Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ and ‘Casting the Runes,’ as well as an appendix of James’ ghost story compositions.
The Whistling by Rebecca Netley
Alone in the world, Elspeth Swansome has taken the position of nanny to a family on the remote Scottish island of Skelthsea.
‘Wonderfully atmospheric, genuinely eery’ Guardian
‘Gripping, chilling and very, very satisfying’ Daily Mail
‘A wicked twist . . . brilliant, scary, clever’ 5* Reader Review
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