Prepare To Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

Guest post by Caroline (culturecoverage.com)

Horror is easily one of the most misunderstood book genres—it’s not all about cheap tricks and monsters under the bed. Deeply interested in telling a compelling, well-constructed story, horror writers have the added bonus of giving people wakeful nights, but that’s just one of the perks.

From battling inner demons to fighting the real monsters out there, these seven supernatural horror books are sure to land on your best-ever list with the turn of the first page.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

1. “A-Z of Horror: Complete Collection” by Iain Rob Wright

With an alphabetical anthology of 26 horror shorts, Wright’s terrifying collection is available all in one convenient place, delivering stories that move from yetis to robots and bring top-notch scares. There’s extra bonus content from writers Andrew Lennon, Craig Saunders, and Matt Hickman, which makes this character-based horror anthology perfect for readers who love a quick spook before bed that leaves a lasting impression.

Available on Amazon.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

2. “Dead of Night” by Jonathan Maberry

When a prison surgeon tests his medical concoction on a convicted inmate, it’s more than just a science experiment gone wrong. Bringing life to the played-out zombie genre, Jonathan Maberry’s “Dead of Night” is the first in a series with many accolades. It is a New York Times Best Seller and winner of the Bram Stoker Award for a novel. So while the fate of the world is in the hands of an undead serial killer, your scare future is in the very capable hands of Maberry and his extensive collection of zombie style horror. For fans of this book, make sure to add “Rot & Ruin” and “Patient Zero” to your list as well.

Available on Amazon.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

3. “A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay

If you consider inner demons to be a supernatural horror, then Paul Tremblay’s “A Head Full of Ghosts” is exactly the kind of book to scare your pants right off (even Stephen King agrees). Winning the Bram Stoker Award for a novel in 2015, this demonic possession tale includes Catholic exorcism and the exploitation of reality television and will leave you reeling from the well-timed suspense and lasting scares. Told from the perspective of Marjorie’s sister Merry, it’s the tale of one family whose descent into poverty is saved by their daughter’s apparent demonic possession, even if it isn’t totally genuine—or is it?

Available on Amazon.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

4. “Exquisite Corpse” by Poppy Z. Brite

With cannibals and serial killers and a fair share of psychosexual drama, “Exquisite Corpse” is for lovers of scary tales set in the Deep South and psychological thrillers that leave the reader mired in a world of violence and mystery. There’s a fair share of satire—just wait until you get to the Rush Limbaugh mentions— and it’s obsessed with two killers who will go to extremes for a beautiful murder, and that’s exactly how it will get under your skin.

Available on Amazon.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

5. “Cycle of the Werewolf” by Stephen King

The master of horror’s classic “Cycle of the Werewolf” may be a vintage choice, but good reads never die. In the isolated Maine town of Tarker Mills, the screams of victims are heard every month as the moon grows bigger and the kill list gets longer. This early novel from King sheds the modern interpretation of hulking bodybuilder werewolves with perfectly chiseled abs and hair and gets back to the grizzled original that fans continue to love. There are also surprising extras with excellent illustrations by Bernie Wrightson to accompany the spooky story.

Available on Amazon.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

6. “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski

Danielewski’s “House of Leaves” may not be your everyday supernatural horror story, but it’s got all of the elements that make it a fascinating read (including a hidden love story). From an institutionalized and paranoid mother to a dead writer whose leftover notes drive a man insane, this story is a wild ride into the inner depths of what a soul can handle before crumbling under the pressure. Complete with an unusual written style—from footnotes to footnotes for the footnotes—“House of Leaves” isn’t your traditional scare read, which makes it all the more horrifying. For readers who want to keep going, “The Whalestoe Letters” gives great background and an excellent follow-up for fans of this killer tale.

Available on Amazon.

Prepare to Be Scared: The Best Supernatural Horror Books

7. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker

I hold by this tried-and-true favorite not simply because it’s a classic but because I distinctly remember being scared stiff in my college dorm in daylight during my freshman year at university. I read it to get to the beginning of the vampire and werewolf narrative, and I was swept away by the complexity, the plot twists and the old-school scare tactics that made this book so revolutionary in the horror genre. The beauty of this supernatural story is in its originality and lasting power—every story since has drawn on its strong creature characteristics and histories, and that definitely counts for something in my book. Read it online here (international book lovers can access it with the help of a Virtual Private Network), and definitely follow it up with the Bela Lugosi film original.

Available on Amazon.

These reads are sure to put the bumps back into your fright-filled wakeful nights, so take a bite out of these horror reads—and just remember, sometimes it’s okay to leave the light on. 

About the author: Caroline is a creative writer obsessed with entertainment, pop culture and everything in between. A self-diagnosed bibliophile, she hopes you enjoy these scare reads that she considers to be the best of the best.

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