Are you in the mood for a good scare? Below is a collections of the top 5 scariest horror novels of all time.
From the King (see what I did there?) of page-turning horror, The Shining ranks as one of the scariest novels of all time. It just does. King loses a lot of his edge as his career develops, but this, his third novel, is a true masterpiece. Best read while you’re still a teenager for full effect, but if that ship has sailed for you (as it has for me) and you have yet to read The Shining, it’s still very much worth your time.
Man! Beloved is just so sad and horrifying! Morrison is a brilliant writer and her skills are in full effect as she draws her readers along a slow, declining path to madness. Even just thinking about it… If you love horror, you must read this novel!
The Haunting of Hill House
A true psychological horror tale. Yes, the house is haunted, claustrophobic and creepy, but the real scares come from the unreliable narrator Eleanor, who almost imperceptibly slips into madness as the novel progresses. Shirley Jackson was a brilliant writer, here lulling her readers into a false sense of security, before delivering a coup de gras of terror.
House of Leaves
Quite simply one of the most terrifying books ever written. There’s a dizzying, insane madness at the core of this book, with multiple unreliable narrators and a knack for making its readers doubt their own perceptions. Between the footnotes and the text swimming over the pages, House of Leavesis not an easy read, but for the true horror connoisseur, it is sure to disturb and horrify.
Here you will find a true master of horror at his best. Straub specializes in what I would call “creepy” horror. He has this way of luring his readers into strange and horrific moments that take one by surprise and leave the heart cold. Peter Straub reinvents the classic ghost trope in Ghost Storywith masterful finesse.