Horrific Book List

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Just in time for Halloween! Overdose on all things horrific with our short list of dark classics and a few newer nightmarish tales.


The Amityville Horror

Jay Anson


A chilling true story of a haunted house. George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children move into a home in Amityville, Long Island in 1975, although they knew it had been the scene of a mass murder. 1977.

Bestseller, Non Fiction, Parapsychology, Download Only

Books of Blood, Volumes 1 to 3

Clive Barker


Three volumes of chilling tales originally published in 1984. In "Scape-Goats" four boaters discover an uncharted island that is really a burial mound. In "Human Remains" a male prostitute confronts his doppelganger. Includes a 1998 introduction by the author. 1998.

Short Stories, Horror

The Exorcist

Peter William Blatty


A novel concerning the diabolical possession of a star's daughter. While the actress is filming a picture in Washington, D.C., she becomes concerned over the increasingly bizarre and macabre behavior of her child, and is finally forced to seek the services of an exorcist when all else fails. 1977.

Bestseller, Occult, Horror

The Halloween Tree

Ray Bradbury


On Halloween night, eight boys arrange to meet their friend, Pipkin, at the haunted house outside of town. Before the others reach him, though, Pipkin is grabbed by a dark Something. 1972

Juvenile Grades 4-7, Illinois Fiction

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Max Brooks


Author of The Zombie Survival Guide records firsthand interviews with survivors of humanity's devastating clash with the undead. Personal accounts from all over the world reveal the scope of the conflict, from the first zombie outbreak to the aftermath of war. 2006.

Bestseller, Humor, War, Horror, Download Only

The Girl from the Well

Rin Chupeco


Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts and taking the lives of killers. But when she meets a moody teen, she knows he needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him. 2014.

Young Adult, Occult, Bestseller


Neil Gaiman


While exploring her new home, Coraline goes through a doorway that shouldn't be there into a dangerous world where she has a disturbingly different set of parents. Since this other mother kidnaps Coraline's real parents, it is up to Coraline to rescue them and return to her world safely. 2002.

Juvenile Grades 5-8, Horror

The Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris


Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, tracks down a serial killer, known as Buffalo Bill, who preys exclusively on overweight women. He flays the victims' bodies and deposits the remains in rivers. The only clues are provided by another sociopathic killer, psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, who practices cannibalism. 1988.

Bestseller, Mystery

The Shining

Stephen King


Jack and Wendy Torrance come face-to-face with terror when they become caretakers of a haunted old hotel in the snowy mountains of Colorado. Their five-year-old son Danny, who appears to have psychic powers, is the first to sense the evil in the building. 1977.

Bestseller, Horror

The Historian

Elizabeth Kostova


1972. A young American woman living with her father in Amsterdam discovers an ancient book and a cache of faded letters in his library. Pursuing family mysteries leads her to seek the truth behind the Dracula legend of Vlad the Impaler. 2005.

Bestseller, Horror, Occult, Download Only

Let Me In (Let the Right One In)

John Ajvide Lindqvist


Sweden, 1981. While a boy's murder in Vällingby interests young, bullied Oskar Eriksson, he reluctantly becomes fascinated with the strange new girl who smells like rotting flesh. First published in Sweden in 2004.

Bestseller, Horror, Swedish Fiction

Hell House

Richard Matheson


A wealthy media magnate offers a hundred thousand dollars to a physicist, a medium, and a psychic to investigate paranormal activity in the Belasco House on the Maine coast. Past attempts have led meddlers to madness, suicide, and murder. 1971.

Bestseller, Horror, New England Interest

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Carrie Ryan


Mary seeks knowledge of the world beyond the village's protective fences and the surrounding forest containing the "Unconsecrated"--an aggressive, formerly dead, flesh-eating people. When outsider Gabrielle enters the village, Mary wonders about the Sisterhood's secrets and plans for escape. 2009.

Young Adult, Occult, Bestseller

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Classic horror story. A monster, endowed with life by a young scientist named Frankenstein, later turns on his creator. Originally published in 1818.

Bestseller, English Literature, Horror, Download Only, BR012173


Bram Stoker


The original vampire classic, set in the late 19th century. Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor, visits Count Dracula in his Transylvania castle to transact some business, and soon learns that Dracula is not the ordinary man he appears, but a monster. His horror increases when Dracula moves to England. 1897.

Classic, Bestseller, Horror, Download Only