15 Scariest Books of All Time

Scariest books

If you are looking for some plain, raw horror, you ought to read the books mentioned here. They promise to raise every hair on your body. So, sit tight and be ready for bone-chilling experiences. And yes, do not turn off the lights when you go to bed tonight! These aren’t merely storybooks; these are books that will keep you up all night.

Here’s a glimpse of the top 15 scariest books of all time.

1. House of Leaves

House of Leaves book by Mark Z. Danielewski

Author:

Mark Danielewski

Story Overview:

The story revolves around a young family. They move into a lovely house. Soon they realize something is very wrong with the house – it is bigger from the inside and smaller from the outside!

All hell breaks loose when their kids wander off. Their voices eerily tell another story – of growls, darkness, and unending abyss behind the closet.

Review:

House of Leaves was originally in the form of heaps of paper. Today, this gripping novel has been compiled into a book. The book has a definite global cult around it. An example of a well-written book, this book requires the reader to pay full attention while reading or they might lose grip of the story.

Where to Buy:

House of Leaves was originally in the form of heaps of paper. Today, this gripping novel has been compiled into a book.

The book is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions and you can get 10% off on the paperback version and buy it for a mere $19.80 now.

The hardcover format of House Of Leaves is available at Barnes & Noble at $5 off for $44.99.

The book is also available on Alibris starting from $9.98.

2. Misery

Misery Book by Stephen King

Author:

Stephen King

Story Overview:

The story revolves around a famous novelist who is held hostage by his devoted fan. Why? Because he just killed the heroine of his series of bestselling books.

The novelist’s devoted fan does not like it and does her best to make the novelist see the story from a different angle.

Review:

This is a classic bestseller of Stephen King who is also one of the bestselling authors of horror books in the world. The book, which was later turned into a movie, has a certain hype around it, and the readers and watchers are here for it. Misery entails an interesting character study in psychosis. It is one book by King that doesn’t deal with the supernatural and yet instills dread in readers’ mind.

Where to Buy:

Check out the paperback version of Misery on Barnes & Noble and get it for as low as $17. The hardcover version is available for $26.95 and the audio CD is marked at $44.99.

You can also buy the book on Alibris starting at just $6.95.

You can also save 19% when you buy the paperback format on Amazon for $13.69. The audiobook is free with the trial of Audible.

3. Four Past Midnight

Four Past Midnight Book by Stephen King

Author:

Stephen King

Story Overview:

The story revolves around four strange incidents that happen between the time when the clock strikes twelve at midnight and four past midnight. Time, as we know it, starts to bend, stretch, and turn back during these hours. The story gives an account of what happens when the glass wall between the real and the unreal breaks.

Review:

This four-book series is bone-chillingly unbelievable, transporting you into a world where just anything can happen. The book is gripping from the start and there’s no wonder why.

Where to Buy:

Four Past Midnight is easily available in the Kindle version on Amazon at $7.59. You can get the hardcover version for $18.49; and the audiobook is free with an Audible trial.

Buy the other versions of the book at Alibris with eBook starting at just $9.61.

The paperback format is also available at 10% off, for $17.99 at Barnes & Noble.

4. The Girl from the Well

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Author:

Rin Chupeco

Story Overview:

The story revolves around a lonely Japanese ghost girl Okiku who seeks vengeance. She was pushed down a well by a bunch of men. Now, she does the same to the killers. She has been wandering for centuries. She frees spirits who were murdered.

However, things change when she meets a teen boy Tark.

Review:

The story can keep the reader up at night. This hauntingly eerie book will appeal to any book lover who has guts enough to read it. As you keep on turning the pages, the story gets darker and bloodier. Japan’s most horrific spirit is out to seek revenge on the man that betrayed her.

Where to Buy:

Shop today at Barnes & Noble, and get the book for only $9.99 after 9% off on the paperback format.

Amazon is offering the book in paperback format for $7.59. You can also get the free audiobook from Amazon when you get the Audible subscription.

Find the eBook format of the book for $9.99 at Alibris.

5. Bad Girls Don’t Die

Bad Girls Don’t Die Book by Katie Alender

Author:

Katie Alender

Story Overview:

The story revolves around Alexia and her 13-year-old sister Kasey. When Kasey gets obsessed with her antique doll, Alexia thinks it’s just her usual bizarre behavior.

However, things become disturbing when Kasey is no longer what she used to be. Instead of being the gentle child, Kasey is now an angry child. Her blue eyes turn green. She speaks in weird old-fashioned language. Doors open on their own. Unplugged AC blasts cold air.

Only Alexia can save her sister. But is her sister really there? What if the girl is not Kasey anymore? What if she’s a demon!

Review:

Bad Girls Don’t Die is a hair-raising, bone-chilling book series, fit for the spooky time of the year. If you are looking for a women-centric horror novel, this one is for you. The book is an addictive read with a haunted doll bent on taking lives and giving the book a slightly creepy vibe.

Where to Buy:

The Bad Girls Don’t Die book series is available at Barnes & Noble in paperback and audio CD versions at $8.99 and $34.99, respectively.

You can also get the Kindle format of the book series on Amazon starting from just $7.99. The paperback version is starting from as low as $1.22. The audio CD is available at the same price as on Barnes & Noble, for $34.99.

You can also search for the book in new and used conditions on Alibris starting at a mere price of $0.99.

6. The Merciless

The Merciless Book by Danielle Vega

Author:

Danielle Vega

Story Overview:

The story revolves around a girl Sofia Flores, who realizes, too late, that she has made a mistake. She shouldn’t have befriended Alexis, Grace, and Riley in school. How she admired them! They were supposed to be good girls.

But here, Brooklyn Stevens is all tied up and gagged, sitting in a pool of blood in a basement. The girls are performing an exorcism in Brooklyn. They think she is possessed. However, this is more of a torture than the actual ritual.

Sofia wants to get out of here. She doesn’t want to be a part of this. But, she can’t. If she does, she’s the next one to be ‘exorcised.’

The story has a shocking twist at the end. It will make you think, “Do each one of us has an evil side?”

Review:

The story has a shocking twist at the end that will surprise the readers to the fullest. The author does not spare the book of gruesome violence and gore. The book will make you think, “Do each one of us has an evil side?” The book will surely give you goosebumps.

Where to Buy:

Check out the latest Barnes & Noble coupons and shop the paperback format of the book for only $9.99 at 9% off. Hardcover and audio CD versions of the book are also available for $17.99 and $9.99, respectively.

Spend $2.99 and $8.65 on the Kindle and paperback versions of the book, respectively, only on Amazon.

7. The Outsider

The Outsider Book By Stephen King

Author:

Stephen King

Story Overview:

The story revolves around the investigation of an 11-year-old boy’s violated corpse discovered in a town park. Fingerprints and eyewitnesses undoubtedly point to Terry Maitland, a popular Little League coach of Flint City.

However, the coach has an alibi. And, surprisingly, his side of the story, too, possesses unquestionable evidence.

Can two opposing stories be true? Terry Maitland seems to be a good guy. Or is he hiding his real self?

Review:

Another gem by Stephen King, this book creates an atmosphere of suspense and uncertainty in the readers’ minds. What happens next is a surprise to all and you won’t be able to put the book down once you start reading it. The story is filled with mysteries at any given point in the book and the possibilities seem to be endless.

Where to Buy:

The Outsider is available at Alibris in new and used versions from $2.05. You can find here a string of horror books that promise to freeze you in the chair, plus the newest Alibris discount codes.

Shop the eBook format starting from just $9.99. Amazon Kindle, too, offers the book for just $9.99.

You could also go for the paperback format of The Outsider from Barnes & Noble and get it at $15.99 after 16% off.

8. The Stand

The Stand Book by Stephen King

Author:

Stephen King

Story Overview:

The story is about a virus that spreads throughout the US and the world. And then follow the dark dreams warning about the dark man.

It all begins when a car crashes into a petrol station. The man driving the car dies. The car also contains decaying corpses of his daughter and wife. Soon, the virus, which killed the people in the car, spreads far and wide.

The story is set in a virus-inflicted US.

Review:

A post-apocalyptic novel, this dark fantasy is apt for anyone looking for the adrenaline rush. You know it’s going to be a fun ride when you involve the US government and a bio-engineered virus that’s designed to kill. The story steadily develops into a war between the good and the evil.

Where to Buy:

Get the book in the Rare Books category starting from $70 on Alibris. Save up to 24% on the paperback formats which you can get now starting at $6.95.

Go to Barnes & Noble and get the paperback format for $9.99. The hardcover format is priced at $25.

Listen to the audiobook at Amazon for free with the Audible subscription.

9. The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House Book by Shirley Jackson

Author:

Shirley Jackson

Story Overview:

The story revolves around a mysterious Hill House, where a bunch of people accepts the invitation to spend a summer. The series of events that take place are unfortunate for the residents of the house and mildly terrifying for the readers. Shirley Jackson is known for stories that create the power of fear. Her stories are regarded as some of the most terrifying in the world. If you love slowly sizzling psychological horror, the book is written for you.

Review:

A gothic horror novel, this is a chilling story of how a light-hearted experiment turns into the visitors’ darkest nightmares, and, how some things are better left in the dark. Like all other books that talk about abandoned and rotten mansions, this book strikes a nerve too and warns the readers against meddling with the unknown.

Where to Buy:

Shirley Jackson is known for stories that create the power of fear. Her stories are regarded as some of the most terrifying in the world. If you love slowly sizzling psychological horror, the book is written for you.

The book is available in various formats at Alibris starting at $5.99.

You can also find the paperback format of the book at Barnes & Noble for $14.50 and save 9% on your purchase.

For those who like the Kindle version better, get it for $11.79 at Amazon. Audiobook available too, only on Amazon.

10. Goosebumps

Goosebumps Book by R.L. Stine

Author:

R.L. Stine

Story Overview:

Goosebumps is a series of horror books written for kids, but kids aren’t the only ones who are fans of these books. They are a total of 62 series, each brimming with mystery, terror, and tales that would give you goosebumps. The stories revolve around giants, ghosts, zombies, haunted houses, and other such scary stuff.

Review:

This is one of the best horror books series of the time. And it has received astounding popularity in recent years. Kids and adults, both seem to think of this book series when the spooky season begins. The book series has also been adapted in movies. This is a must-have in every book lover’s collection.

Where to Buy:

The Goosebumps books and its 25th Anniversary Retro Paperback book set are available on Alibris, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart.

Goosebumps 25th Anniversary Retro Set starts from $17.79 at Alibris.

Goosebumps 25th Anniversary Retro Set is for $29.99 at Barnes & Noble.

Goosebumps 25th Anniversary Retro Set (paperback) is available at $20.69 on Walmart.

11. The Ghost’s Grave

The Ghost’s Grave Book by Peg Kehret

Author:

Peg Kehret

Story Overview:

The story revolves around Josh, who has come to spend summer with his great-aunt. He thought the summer would be dull. But when he encounters the ghost of a coal miner, who died in a mine explosion, his summer turns bone-chilling.

The ghost has been waiting for years for somebody to come and dig up his -leg and bury it with the rest of his body. But there is more to this. Josh discovers money buried with this body.

Review:

The book is a favorite of so many book-lovers around the world. Every time you turn the page, the dread, and the suspense, both get more intense. This is a story of how the dullest summer of someone’s life can be turned into one of the most terrifying and traumatizing time.

Where to Buy:

The paperback format of the Ghost’s Grave is available on Amazon at $6.99 after a discount of 13%. The audiobook version is free with Audible’s trial subscription.

It is also available at Barnes & Noble in the paperback format for $7.99.

12. True Scary Stories

True Scary Stories Book by Dark Mistress Aurora

Author:

Dark Mistress Aurora

Story Overview:

These are stories based on true experiences. The book is in a series, precisely five volumes, each depicting a terrifying real supernatural experience by the author. These are some of the best horror books of the decade.

This is for people who don’t just want to read a horror book but want to experience the horror. The author disguises her identity by narrating two false stories along with one real one.

Can you identify the real story?

Review:

Not only is this book terrifying, but it also piques your attention from the start and keeps the readers in the loop until the end. The ends are mind-boggling and unless you’ve been paying attention, you’ll be left wondering how the story ended the way it did. An interesting read, and perfect for the spooky season.

Where to Buy:

The entire series is available at Amazon in Kindle format for free.

13. Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Book by Drac Von Stoller

Author:

Drac Von Stoller

Story Overview:

The story revolves around the legend of Bloody Mary. It’s Mary’s 16th birthday. She’s excited as her parents have allowed her to invite two friends for a sleepover. The girl’s sleepover and conjuring up the legend ends up in a horrifying and totally unexpected end.

Review:

The Bloody Mary is a legend that is famous all around the globe. The story gives chills and is a warning against taking the spirit world as a joke. Take a dive into the origin of this folklore and you’ll find out how gory it can get.

Where to Buy:

The book is instantly available at Amazon in Kindle and audiobook formats.

14. Haunted

Haunted Book by Jay Alani with Neil D’Silva

Author:

Jay Alani with Neil D’Silva

Story Overview:

Haunted chronicles feature real-life experiences of paranormal investigator Jay Alani in the 10 spookiest destinations of India. The stories include the Forbidden Fort of Bhangarh, which is regarded as one of the most haunted places in India. You will also find stories on The Temple of Exorcism, a village where black magic is a way of life, the headless boy of Mussoorie, and the Carnival of Ghosts.

Review:

The authors’ brave move to explore these haunted destinations is enough to get the readers intrigued. Some of the destinations have backstories that are dreadful but piquing the readers’ curiosity. These backstories are the reason so many people are afraid to step onto these lands, and why so many paranormal experts are attracted to these destinations.

Where to Buy:

The book is waiting for you at Amazon, so are Amazon promo codes. You can get Kindle edition of the book for $1.91 and the paperback format for just $13.35.

15. The Exorcist

The Exorcist Book by William Peter Blatty

Author:

William Peter Blatty

Story Overview:

Who hasn’t heard of this book?

The story is inspired by a true story of the demonic possession of a child in the 1940s. The novel is a literary phenomenon. It revolves around the desperate efforts of the parents and two priests to free an 11-year-old child from the malevolent spirit who has possessed her.  This is one of the most controversial stories ever written. The novel stayed on the New York Times ‘Bestseller List’ for 57 weeks consecutively.

Review:

The story borders on extreme emotions like fear, love, and bravery in the face of mortal danger. This book will have you shaking in your boots, but you won’t want to put the book down. The climax is open to interpretation and makes even non-believers wonder if there is some truth to the paranormal stories.

Where to Buy:

Shop the book at Amazon in the Kindle format for $3.45 and paperback format for $11.29.

Also, buy the 40th-anniversary edition at Barnes & Noble at 12% off for $14.99.

The above mentioned are not mere books, but experiences. We have mentioned below a few more favorites for the Halloween season.

  1. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
  2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  4. Books of Blood by Clive Barker
  5. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

All the above and thousands of other books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Alibris, Amazon, and Walmart. A reminder for book lovers who prefer the digital formats of books- go for an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription just for $9.99 per month and you can read these chilling books. You can use exclusive and latest Barnes & Noble coupon codes and Walmart coupons and deals to save big on books. Happy reading!

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