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What are the best supernatural horror books to read?

Dive into the darkness with our curated list of the 16 best supernatural horror books. Unearth spine-chilling tales that will haunt your dreams.
Welcome to an insightful journey through the '16 best supernatural horror books,' written by Muhiuddin Alam on the book recommendations and reviews site,

Over the years as a leading authority on literary expertise, I've created numerous articles on the topics of Genre Fiction Books, many of which can be found on this site. I'm also a regular contributor to other book-related websites and publications.

So, when I suggest these books, it's because I've read a lot and want to share the best ones with you.
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I have received many requests to recommend some of the supernatural horror books. In response, I'm pleased to offer my expert recommendations in this article.

I will recommend you best supernatural horror books in this post, which is based on my in-depth study and testing in this field. Such as The Haunting of Hill House, It: A Novel, Dracula, The Shining, Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, The Exorcist, Frankenstein, The Stand, and Carrie.

These aren't the only books on this topic. Below, you'll find 16 books with detailed descriptions of each of these outstanding resources, helping you make well-informed decisions in your supernatural horror novel journey.

16 Best Supernatural Horror Books to Read in 2024

Some horror and supernatural TV series and movies are basically adapted from the original novels. Best horror and supernatural novels, which ones have you read? 

Next, the editor of this site has shared scary supernatural horror books for everyone. 

The following rankings are in no particular order. I hope to help you make better choices!

1. The Haunting of Hill House


"The Haunting of Hill House" - The title of the book is the evil house, but from the beginning to the end, there is no mention of where the evil is in this house. The book spares no effort to suggest that the house is conscious through the words of various characters. He dismisses human authority. 

He is automatically established and generated. He is self-conscious. But there is no real hammer to prove these statements in the book. The so-called evil of the room in the book is only reflected in the symmetry laws that he does not completely obey the geometry (not the ghosts lingering in the room)

On the contrary, the author spent a lot of pen and ink describing Elena and Theodora's psychological activities after entering the villa. I spare no effort in terms of every detail. And the so-called details have no direct connection with the house. 

In the end, the feeling is that the story about the villa, the heroine's psychology, and manager, the professor's intention to integrate the villa's expedition and other clues, there is no connection at all, and there is no connection with the evil house.

So from a reader's experience, I feel that the author is hammering in the East and hammering in the West, narrating the plot with a very gentle rhythm, but the plot does not have any fascinating content.

Overall, it feels quite disappointing.

2. It: A Novel


"It: A Novel" - Some authors have a gift for storytelling, and their stories themselves will arouse our curiosity and drive us to turn the pages of the book impatiently. Some are just the opposite. Their charm lies in how to tell a story to us. 

Stephen King is another type of author, and we maintain a double curiosity about the story he tells and how he tells it. As a writer who has literary ambitions but is obsessed with genre novel creation, most of Jin's stories and texts can withstand readers' criticism and the washing of time.

Stephen King's "It" was published in 1987, but King has been conceiving of it since 1982. After thirty years, we will still be overwhelmed by the contagious reality in the novel. The tremor that builds up the whole story of "It" is quite routine. Every ordinary person probably has experienced it in childhood and may feel its threat again at certain fragile moments after adulthood. Jin’s presentation of this fear is almost unsurpassable. 

He focused on showing the ambiguous nature of childhood fear swayed between the suffocating reality and the ridiculous absurdity, and its existence can be casually used. The ground is negative, but it can't be completely erased. Stephen King once said in "<It> Twenty-fifth Anniversary Preface" that when he was conceived, his ambition was to write a veritable brick book, to create a protagonist similar to himself, and to show an eternal existence. 

Fear: "Things we were afraid of when we were young-monsters, being abandoned, monsters, abused, monsters, bullied, monsters-and the worldly trivial things we were afraid of when we grew up-can the work unit insurance cover dental bills, And so on what's the difference? 

When I think about it, when we grow up, we forget how realistic the things we were afraid of when we were young... not the shadow of the branches on the wall, nor the imaginary movie in the closet. The big monsters on the posters are real things... Once they are killed, it is likely that we will be helpless."

3. Dracula


"Dracula" -  "When you fall asleep and rest in peace", this adverbial phrase seems a bit scary as a topic of reading.

This is a vampire novel written in the nineteenth century, "Dracula". The author is Bram Stoker of Ireland. Perhaps any of the readers who read my article have seen this work, but I believe that is a minority. Of course, I think that a good afterthought can attract readers to read this work. I sincerely hope so.

I got to know this book through a friend's introduction. She said that she also found this book by accident because there was only one edition left, so she rushed to buy it back. And because she heard that "Dracula" is the most terrifying horror novel in the world, she didn't dare to read it. And after seeing it, her mother was a little mentally abnormal. 

This book, judging from the plot, shows strong signs of a "side-by-side attack". The first four chapters, tell the horrible experience of a British lawyer Jonathan when he went to the castle of Count Dracula in Transylvania to move to London for him, and it hinted at Dracula's vampire In the end, Jonathan was trapped in the castle. 

Then came the calm narrative: the correspondence between Lucy and Mina two girls; Lucy's somnambulism was taken care of by Mina; Mina's worries about her fiance Jonathan, and so on. All this happened as a matter of course, without mentioning what happened to Dracula Castle. 

When I saw it, I thought it was more like a psychological suspense novel, because I almost cried when I watched it, and I couldn't even explain my feelings. Later, the return of Jonathan, the death of Lucy, the abnormal behavior of the mentally ill, the tracking of Dracula by friends, and the final victory resembled logical mystery again. During this period, there were few positive descriptions of Count Dracula—perhaps the fog he manipulated was a description of him.

4. The Shining


"The Shining" - Originally, Stephen King’s novels were all used as hypnotic readings for me. There are a lot of delicate and easy life descriptions of characters in his books, which are very unsociable.

    At least I thought so when I first started.

    Because I have the habit of reading my favorite novels over and over again, for example, "The Silent Lamb" has been read more than twenty times, and I am basically familiar enough to memorize it, so I can't accept the adaptation of the movie.

   "The Shining" is similar, but every time I watch it again, it feels more terrifying. Obviously, it is a familiar plot, but because I am more and more familiar with every detail of the novel, every time I read it again, I feel more vivid and clear about the novel. The bone-chilling coldness and horror are very It's hard to describe in words.

    Compared to Joey hiding "The Shining" in the refrigerator, I understand it very well, because I now wrap the cover of this novel, then press it under a thick pile of military novels and comedy novels, and then lock it in the cabinet.

    I don’t feel scared anymore, haha~ I’ve seen too many horror novels, horror movies, and so on. Except for the works that challenge my stomach with blood, if there is any story that can scare me from the beginning "The Shining" is the one that is so cold that he is too scared to sleep. It's only this work that frightens me so persistently.

    I am sure that any reader who does not think "The Shining" is scary, has not read it carefully and has not experienced the feeling of immersion in it.

5. 'Salem's Lot

by Stephen King


"Salem's Lot" - Without good patience and calm thinking, it is difficult to finish "Salen Town". The prelude of "Salen Town" is too long. Almost one-third of the text is used to pave the way for the plot. Although the paving is long enough, Stephen King uses his writing style to make these preludes not boring and procrastinating. 

From the beginning to the end, the article maintains an introductory-Macedonian House, and Kim mentions it from time to time, so that the article does not deviate from the subject, and always maintains a sense of fear. In the later writing of the article, Jin played his own style of writing as the king of horror novels. 

The tragedy of the town began as soon as the pen was turned, making readers feel a sense of horror. In general, "Salen Town" is a pretty good-looking novel, not a classic, but attractive and readable.

The Last King's book made me read a horror novel as a history of adolescence, and this one made me feel like a love letter to the old town of Maine. In King's pen, Maine is so peaceful, self-consistent, complex, and rich, with secrets buried deep, black secrets. 

At the same time, it is extremely beautiful. Before autumn comes, with the sharpening cold in the wind and the silver frost on the grass in the early morning (the part under the shadow of the tree will linger for a long time), it seems that the green trees and grass cannot be seen in the summer. 

And the instant torrential rains, and of course the unimaginable cold in winter, but there is no spring because there is almost no spring in the north. There are also people in the small town. 

There are no surprising characters, and even the protagonist appears plain (of course, he also has his own persistence), just playing a role in his own environment, which may be sighing, but not, because it is just a sketch of sentient beings, no Emotional. 

Of course, I pay attention to the description of the scenery and the characters because the plot itself does not attract me. Probably, Jin's book will not continue to be read here.

6. Pet Sematary: A Novel

by Stephen King


"Pet Sematary" - When he saw Louis's rapid aging and then thought of Chad's aging appearance and vigorous figure, he thought that Chad had also buried living people, and his appearance was prematurely aging due to the influence of magic. At this point, Luis would become another Chad.

Then Rachel comes back to life but will be as old as Louis, taking on the role of Chad's wife, and they move on. Awaiting the arrival of new neighbors.

Then Louis will lure the new neighbor to the pet cemetery step by step like Chad lured him, and let him experience life and death, family destruction...

But the end of the story proves that I thought too much.

7. The Exorcist


"The Exorcist" - This should be a novel that pays attention to the pleasure of reading. The cover is eye-catching enough, the waist of the book is stylish enough, the plot is tense, and the description is vivid. All of these indicate that this is an excellent work.

I haven't seen this movie before, but through the unique charm of the text in the book and the author's storytelling skills, the bloody and hideous scenes are vividly displayed in my mind. I have read several horror and suspense books about religion before, but none of them used the violent and naked 18X description to show fear and humanity so vividly. I have to say it is very exciting and bold.

In fact, watching the innocent little girl in the book suffer so much is because I can't bear it, especially this kind of spiritual problem that is not easy for ordinary people to touch and see, I will have nightmares at night. 

Demon, your acting skills are amazing, you have successfully wiped science away from us and replaced it with your image, I applaud you. It's getting dark, please close your eyes. Demons play.

I don't think this book has the slightest reasoning process because the clues are too obvious. The reasoning is just to promote the plot and fully serve the needs of the theme. There is suspense, but no reasoning. The author has found the balance between these two points very accurately.

8. Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley


"Frankenstein" - The introduction to the book says that this book reflects the French Revolution. The background of the times is no longer what we readers of later generations can feel, but apart from the times, this is more like a story about human care. 

Although Frankenstein was abandoned as soon as he was "born," he awakened his kind nature through learning, but he did not expect to get the recognition he deserved, so he embarked on an anti-humanity path of no return. At the beginning of man, there is not much difference between being good in nature or evil in nature. 

When there is not enough ability to do evil, the education and guidance imposed by the outside world are more relevant to all factors. 

Just like Frankenstein in the book, although he was abandoned by the creator, he was fortunate to encounter the education of love and learned to be good. Unfortunately, his appearance was misunderstood.

9. The Stand

by Stephen King 


"The Stand" - Stephen King is really good at writing. In the beginning, there are really many characters, and multiple lines are interspersed. Later, the plot gradually emerges, and multiple main characters come together because of the same dream. 

To be honest, this book is not as horrible as imagined, but some scenes are described as a bit bloody and violent, and they are particularly graphic. (This book is the longest English book I have ever read. It is very thick. After reading it for two months, I finally finished reading it today!)

The plot is not my favorite type, but I really like SK's psychological description of each character. The description of the darkest side of human nature is more creepy than any other horror. My favorite character is Fran, no matter how sad, her sense of humor will always make me laugh. I feel uncomfortable when I hear the name, Nadine. 

Temple of The Winds is called by this name. It is one of the most hated characters in my life. After listening to this book, this name makes me even more Uncomfortable~ Tom and Nick are a very cute pair. 

One is deaf and dumb and one is mentally retarded, but it makes people feel innocent and reliable. By the end of the story, I think Tom is about to die. In addition, this book also shows that I currently hate One of the characters, I X, the real villain + bitch! !!

10. Carrie

by Stephen King


This book is not well-known.

But it deserves to be the best work.

There is no clear value judgment in this book. Stephen King understands that the immaturity, cruelty, and selfishness of youth are only a closed epitome of adulthood. The publicity and rebellion of individuality are but the other side of the closure.

Explore self-contradiction. When everyone is committed to describing the suffering of youth, the grace of love, and other contrived themes, Stephen Golden Spear has keenly and decisively smelled the true taste of youth, that is, the inevitable fear and the powerlessness of resistance.

Stephen King demonstrated in this book his unsurpassed narrative skills. The same theme may become boring in the hands of others, but he does a good job. Rather than saying that he has a cute brushstroke, it is better to say that his perception is extremely keen, and at every step of the development of the matter, he can have insight into everyone's heart, when to express emotions and when to narrate, he is using perception to know.

Many people ignore this book, probably because the publisher did not strongly recommend and distribute it. Stephen King’s personal charm is revealed in this book. The attitude of contemporary literary circles towards girls is, without exception, praise. 

In their descriptions, girls have become synonymous with a desire for knowledge, perseverance to fight against fate, kindness, and bravery. Occasionally, there are girls who are coy, like to show off, win the favor of others, or are malicious in their hearts, but they are all kind of blunt, and they are deliberately set technically in order to make up for more serious injuries. 

Obviously, at this point, Stephen King took off his hypocritical coat and sank to the bottom like a diver. It is viciousness, hypocrisy, and weakness. This is a flaw in human nature. No matter who it is, whether it is a man or woman, it is something carved in the bone marrow. No one can use literary means to cover up. Exposure, this is the feeling that Stephen King conveys in this book.

Looking at the writing ideas of an article, you can roughly judge the personality charm of the author.

11. Interview with the Vampire


The first time I saw the words "Interview with the Vampire" was in a bookstore on the street. In the evening of July, the sun lightly covered the dark cover, creating a faint sadness, permeating this unreal gorgeousness. Hold the smooth side of the book and feel its thickness. A creature with long and sunny hair smiles evilly on the cover. I opened the book, and the lines flooded me like a tide. In this sea of ​​sorrow, I can't breathe.

In New Orleans in the 28th century, Louis completely lost his life. He was stuck in pain and couldn't help himself. Lester, a creature belonging to the dark night approached him. The temptation of darkness is like a sweet fruit with poison. The meaning of eternal life is to die forever. After receiving a dark gift from Leicester, Louis became a vampire. 

However, his pain was not relieved by this. Longing for human understanding and love, Louis, driven by sin, felt that Lester had brought him into hell. Black hair and blue eyes are fragile parts of Louis's character. 

He hid his pain in his heart, perceives the world with the sensitivity of the vampire he has been given, knowing that he is in eternal evil and still angry, and asks: "If eternal life must be sacrificed with tens of thousands of creatures, then tell I have a reason for it to continue." He was carrying the heavy cross of human nature, searching for a pillar of faith on the long road. 

12. Dead Until Dark


"Dead Until Dark" - The first time I read about vampires, this is a book in a series. It is a little suspenseful. It tells the story of people and vampires in a small town. At this time, human beings and vampires are in peace, and the heroine is born to read minds. , Once there was a couple taking the blood of the male lead vampire. 

It is said that drinking their blood would make them stronger and sexier. The female lead saved the male lead, and the two began to fall in love. Then there were several incidents in the town. 

The death of a girl who had interacted with a vampire...The story is not well written, and the logic of the suspect is not clear enough. In short, it is not very recommended, but the vampire bar inside is quite interesting.

Because the residual temperature of true blood is not exhausted. Look hard. But apart from love, pornography, and violence, there is nothing else to focus on. It's really pornographic and violent like in a TV series. comment: Sookie is a sexy and smart heroine. But after reading it, I always feel that such a woman will really please men in addition to her character. But it's really cheap, cheap and popular.

13. Devoted


"Devoted" - Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening.

A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late.

Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.

14. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires


"The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires" - Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia's life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. 

The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they're more likely to discuss the FBI's recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club's meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. 

She begins her own investigation, assuming that he's a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she--and her book club--are the only people standing between the monster they've invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

15. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home


"The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home" - From the New York Times, bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.

In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. 

Told in a series of eerie flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early nineteenth century, her rise in the criminal underworld of Europe, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until settling in modern-day Night Vale.

Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale, as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current-day dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history in nineteenth-century Europe will come together in the most unexpected and horrifying way.

Part The Haunting of Hill House, part The Count of Monte Cristo, and 100% about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

16. The Sun Down Motel


"The Sun Down Motel" - Something hasn't been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt. 

As a thriller, he is a little disqualified, and there is almost no suspense. But as a novel about what kind of problems women encounter in society, it provides some perspectives. Throughout the whole process, I have been guessing whether Nick has a problem, which probably reflects how little society feels safe for women as the novel wants to express.

Conclusion The best supernatural horror books 

After reading the ranking of the top 16 horror and supernatural novels that the above editor has counted for everyone, which ones have you thought about reading or all are in the bag!

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