Top 10 Horror Novels to Read This Halloween Season

If you’re looking to expand your repertoire of Halloween activities this year and have seen every horror movie there is on Netflix, the next realm that you should begin to explore is the world of horror novels.

Often, these are the source material for our favorite horror films. For example, tons of movies have been made using Stephen King’s works alone, but there are lots of other amazing but less famous authors. Horror novels have all the terror of their film counterparts — the creeping suspicion, the unreliable or vulnerable characters — plus you often get the chance to see into the mind of the characters and explore their motivations.

The authors on this list are all adept at weaving stories that are as frightening as they are compelling and have been lauded for their ability frighten us while keeping us coming back for more. Here are some of the best horror novels to read this Halloween.

1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

Often considered the most frightening book of all time, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is a mystery novel with a deeply horrific story to tell. The central setting of the book is a house that’s somehow too big on the inside than is strictly possible, and the story is told by multiple narrators who the audiences come to realize later are not wholly reliable. The detailed story draws the audience in as they start to question their own perception of the truth and ends with the reader feeling as much a part of the story as the hapless protagonists Will and Karen.