TOP 10 HORROR NOVELS OF ALL THE TIME

Hey there,

Have you gotten bore from your regular everyday life? and want to espace from reality to a world of sorcery characters with a spooky plot twist.
Well, you have landed on the correct page.
We are here with a new list of best horror novels of all time that might catch your breath and gives you goosebumps.

1) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (1967)

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The bestseller of 1960s, this masterpiece is one of the perfectly crafted horror fiction ever written.
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with a doomy reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building. Despite Rosemary’s distrust about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a particular shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a particular interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems.

2)The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum (1989)

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Based on a real incident. This story revolves around a single mother living with her three sons who have grained neighborhood’s children trust until a girl came with her disabled sister exposing Ruth’s decadency. She was held captive and brutally tortured by her sons and neighborhood children. This shocking novel reveals the depravity of which we are all capable.

3) Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (2012)

This 2012 published debut book by American author Dathan Auerbach is a horror-thriller novel.
This story is about a man in an attempt to make sense of his own mysterious and unsettling childhood memories. He tries to make sense of the uncanny events that happened to him during his childhood and discovers a truth which was kept from him by his mother this whole time.

Each chapter completes a different piece of the puzzle for both you and the narrator, and by the end of it all, you will wish that you could forget what he never knew.

4) The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle (2012)

The Devil in Silver is a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror about friendship, love, and the courage to slay our demons.

Pepper is a rambunctious big man, minor-league troublemaker, working-class man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He’s not mentally ill, but that doesn’t seem to matter. He is accused of a crime that he doesn’t seem to remember. In the darkness of his room on his first night, he is visited by a terrifying creature with the body of an older man and the head of a bison who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic who’s been on the ward for decades and knows all its secrets. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that’s stalking them. But can the Devil die?

5) The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris ( 1988)

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The Silence of the Lambs is a psychological horror novel by Thomas Harris. First published in 1988, it is the sequel to Harris’s 1981 novel Red Dragon. Both stories feature the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter; this time pitted against FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling.

The serial killer nicknamed ‘Buffalo Bill’ Has been capturing and starving women, then murdering and skinning them. Fbi rookie Clarice Starling is assigned to solicit help from imprisoned psychopath Dr. Hannibal ‘the cannibal’ Lecter, whose insight into the depraved minds of serial killers is second to none. But in exchange for inviting her into the darkest chambers of his mind, Hannibal begins to probe at hers, demanding knowledge of her childhood demons as the price of understanding Buffalo Bill’s. Clarice knows how dangerous this man is and the terrible things he can do with this information. But women are still disappearing, and time is running out.

6) Ghost story by Peter Straub (1971)

Ghost Story is a horror novel by American writer Peter Straub. It was published on January 1, 1979 by Coward, McCann and Geoghegan. The book was adapted into a film by the same name in 1981, minus the novel’s fifth protagonist character, Lewis Benedikt.

The story begins in the fictional town of Milburn where four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.
 But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake, a horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever.

7) Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (1989)

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

THE PAST… Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi’s themselves…

THE PRESENT… Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world’s most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to ‘use’ humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction. But this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul’s quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind’s attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself.

8) IT by Stephen King (1986)

IT by Stephen King

It is a 1986 horror novels by American author Stephen King. It was his 22nd book, and his 17th novel written under his own name. The story follows the experiences of seven children as they are terrorized by an evil entity that exploits the fears of its victims to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “It” primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown to attract its preferred prey of young children.

Derry, Maine is just an ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live. It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes is appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, emerging again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

9) India’s Most Haunted: Tales of Terrifying Places by K. Hari Kumar (2019)

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This book is work of Harikumar Krishnamoorthy better known as K. Hari Kumar, is an Indian novelist and screen writer. In this book he has written about the places where the past lingers, making shapes in the moonlight and blowing in the curtains even as the air goes suddenly still.

K. Hari Kumar is one of the bestselling author of spine-chilling horror fiction, brings you the terrifying tales of some of India’s most haunted places — including Bhangarh Fort, Malabar Hill’s Tower of Silence and Jammu and Kashmir’s notorious Khooni Nala.

Whether you read them at night or in daylight, these stories will remain with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

10) The Mine by Arnab Ray (2012)

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At a secret mining facility somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan, an ancient place of worship, with disturbing carvings on its dome, is discovered buried deep inside the earth. Soon the miners find themselves in the grip of terrifying waking nightmares. One tries to mutilate himself. Worse follows.

Five experts are called in to investigate these strange occurrences. Sucked into a nightmare deep underground, they embark on a perilous journey; a journey that will change them forever, bringing them face-to-face with the most shattering truth of them all. The greatest evil lies deep inside.

Common Book Genres

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Wondering which books you should read or confuse about the type of book you should pick;

well before proceeding to that, i think you should have a little bit knowledge about the different genres of books or in simple words different types of books.

So, here are some commonly known book genres which may help you to understand your interest.

1) Classics

They are the great work of literature from history. Throughout the ages, classical literature refers to the great masterpieces of Greek, Roman, and other ancient civilization. In short, if a book finds its way to the readers or is still popular among the audience even after 100 years from its publishing date, then its a classic.

some famous classical books are:

a book by E.B. White
A book by Charlotte Web (1952)
a book by Emily Bronts
A book by Emily Bront (1847)
a book by Louisa May Alcott
a book by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

2) Fantasy

They are a fantastic work of imagination like magic, supernatural, alternate worlds, superheroes, monsters, fairies, magical creatures, mythological heroes- virtually anything an author can imagine outside of reality.

a book by George R.R Martin
A book by George R.R Martin
A book by C. S. Lewis
A book by C. S. Lewis
A book by Robin Hobb
A book by Robin Hobb

3) Horror

Horror is a work of fiction focusing on supernatural powers, death, evil, creature, witchcraft whose purpose is to send chills down your spine or to create an atmosphere of fear, dread, horror in the readers.

A book by Mark Danielewski
A book by Mark Danielewsk
A book by Dathan Auerbach
A book by Dathan Auerbach
A book by Jack Ketchum
A book by Jack Ketchum

4) Action and Adventure

The one that gives you a sense of excitement is an action and adventure genre. It focuses on the protagonist falling in danger accompanied by physical activity. Finding a treasure on an island or fighting a creature or villain of the story are all part of action and adventure novels.

A book by Alexandre Dumas
A book by Alexandre Dumas
A book by Robert Louis Stevenson
A book by Robert Louis Stevenson
A book by Edgar Rice Borroughs
A book by Edgar Rice Borroughs

5) Romance

These kind of books showcase the love and relationship of two people. The protagonist tries to overcome various obstacles to end up with the love of their life. These books deal with the relationship problem between characters and focus on the compromises and efforts they have to make to be with each other. They often have a cheerful and satisfying ending.

A book by Nicholas Sparks
A book by Nicholas Sparks
A book by Chetan Bhagat
A book by Chetan Bhagat
A book by John Green
A book by John Green

6) Biography and Autobiography

In this genre, the life history of an individual is written. These are non-fiction based books; instead, they are based on the real-life incidence of a person on whom the book is written. If the book is written about an individual’s life by someone else, then its a biography, and if the person itself writes it, then its an autobiography.

An autobiography by Anne Frank
An autobiography by Anne Frank
A biography on Helen Keller
A biography on Helen Keller
An autobiography by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
An autobiography by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

7) Science Fiction (Sci-Fi)

Science fiction is a modern genre. These books also include action, adventure, and thriller. What makes them sci-fi is that they focus on imaginative and futuristic science like time travel, parallel universe, space exploration, and many more. The theories of science applied in these books are partly right and partly untrue.

A book by Andy Weir
A book by Andy Weir
A book by H.G.Wells
A book by H.G.Wells
A book by H.G.Wells
A book by H.G.Wells

8) Suspense and Thriller

This kind of novel builds anticipation and pressure in the readers. In suspense books, the readers are unaware of the protagonist’s truth, and in a thriller, the protagonist is always in danger. These stories are full of a cryptic, fascinating, twisting, and shocking end, making the audience fall in love with them.

A book by Dan Brown
A book by Dan Brown
A book by Paula Hawkins
A book by Paula Hawkins
A book by Novoneel Chakraborty
A book by Novoneel Chakraborty

9) Memoir

People always get confused between autobiography and memoir. A memoir is a collection of memories of an individual’s life, which is written by themselves. In contrast, an autobiography is the history of the life of an individual registered by themselves.

A book by Tara Westover
A book by Tara Westover
A book by Elie Wisel
A book by Elie Wisel
A book by Michelle Obama
A book by Michelle Obama

10) Self-Help

Self-help books are the one which provides their readers with mental stability to solve their personal problems. These books are written to guide the readers on the right path of life. And trust me, guys, they help a lot.

A book by Paulo Coelho
A book by Paulo Coelho
A book by Spencer Johnson
A book by Spencer Johnson
A book by Robert T. Kiyosaki
A book by Robert T. Kiyosaki