Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Horror Novels

Posted October 27, 2015 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

I love all things creepy, so it’s no surprise I had no trouble coming up with 10 of my favorites. From ghost stories to serial killers, unseen sicknesses to every day horrors. I think I’ve covered all my bases with this list. Hope you find something on here to creep you out this season.

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King [Review]
This is hands down my favorite King (that I’ve read so far). It’s not terribly frightening but incredibly well written and definitely unsettling.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
This is historical fiction with a most fascinating serial killer. Reading a story told through the eyes of a murderer is always creepy but Jean-Baptiste Grenouille really takes the cake.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Absolute favorite of the genre, hands down. I just recently purchased my own copy and I’m dying to re-read it. Joe Hill is simply the best.

Night Shift by Stephen King
If Pet Sematary is my favorite King novel, Night Shift is my favorite King short story collection. King can write a story, there’s no doubt about that, but he truly excels with short fiction.

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud [Review]
This series is severely underrated and is one I absolutely adore. Think Harry Potter and the gang, minus magic, add some late night ghost hunting. You’re all missing out on a real gem here.

Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1) by Karina Halle
The Experiment in Terror series is fantastic and scary. Edge of your seat, nail-biting sort of scary. Can you even imagine hunting ghosts for a living? Nope nope nope.

Long Lankin (Long Lankin #1) by Lindsey Barraclough [Review]
This one is perfect for Gothic lovers and fans of a slow-paced build up to the terror. Loved this one and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment, The Mark of Cain.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
My very first horror read and one that is completely unforgettable. Sure I may have been young but I can still vividly recall reading this in bed at night with my eyes wide as saucers.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman [Review]
This is one of the most distressing reads ever based solely on the completely vivid writing. Imagine living in a world where you’re forced to remain completely blind or else you run the risk of completely losing your mind. *shivers*

Mayhem (Dr. Thomas Bond #1) by Sarah Pinborough [Review]
Another highly underrated gem. This series is perfect for Jack the Ripper story fans, or someone looking for a darker Sherlock story.

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9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Horror Novels

  1. Maggie

    Your picks look SO creepy! I love scaring myself and I’m always up to discovering new books to freak me out! LOL! Happy Halloween! 🙂
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