SPY Guide: The 13 Best Horror Novels of All Time

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These stories will make the hair on your arms jump after turning a page at night or day. If you’re looking for a story that will push your imagination over the edge and have you question its author’s imagination, then here is a list of 13 books you should read right now.

1. Dracula

A pioneer of the classic fantasy horror genre, Bram Stoker’s Dracula introduces one of horror genre’s greatest villains: Count Dracula. Discover the story that inspired novels such as Twilight, I Am Legend and World War Z.

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2. The Picture of Dorian Gray

The conflict between aesthetics and morality emerges in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Written in a distinctively descriptive but dazzling style, Oscar Wilde’s story of a man who will corrupt his sanity to maintain his youth is the author’s most famous work.

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3. Edgar Allan Poe Complete Poems and Tales

Widely regarded as a central figure of romanticism and as a pioneer to the modern detective story, Edgar Allan Poe’s works, including The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven are some of American literature’s most prominent titles.

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4. Frankenstein

Frankenstein tells the story of young scientist Victor Frankenstein. Committed to discovering the cause of human creation, he creates a grotesque but genius creature. Disgusted by his creature’s hideousness, Frankenstein deserts it, and as a result, plunges himself into a lethal journey filled with vengeance. Ever since it was first published in 1818, Frankenstein has held up as a classic horror novel.

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5. I Am Legend

This isn’t your typical vampire novel. Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend follows the life of Robert Neville, the last man on earth. He hunts the undead during the day, and by night, hides in his home, praying that he will not fall victim next.

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6. Silence of the Lambs

Serving nine consecutive life-sentences in a Maryland mental institution for a series of murders, a brilliant but deranged forensic psychiatrist is the only one who can help FBI trainee Clarice Starling capture the serial killer Buffalo Bill. Read the captivating story that won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1991 before inspiring the Oscar-winning screen adaptation.

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7. The Exorcist

The epitome of a horror story about faith and damnation, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist is a masterwork that will leave you questioning your safety from the supernatural.

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8.  Pet Semetary

After Louis Creed is appointed the director of the University of Maine’s campus health service, his family move to a safe, beautiful town in Maine. Beyond the woods lies a terrifying secret: Pet Sematary.

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9. American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is a Wall Street businessman with just about everything one could seek from living the “American Dream:” wealth, charm, looks, sophisticated intelligence. However, what sets him apart from his colleagues is that he is a psychopathic serial killer, thus dubbing the novel’s name American Pyscho.

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10. IT

Disguised as a dark menacing clown, phobia and horror are surfaced from an evil matter that terrorizes and preys on children. Read one of Stephen King’s most recognized horror novels, recently resurfaced as a motion picture triumph.

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11. Salem’s Lot

Stephen King’s second novel follows Ben Mears, who revisits his hometown, Jerusalem’s Lot, better known as Salem’s Lot. After many years of being away, he discovers that the town’s residents are becoming vampires.

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12. Heart-Shaped Box

Written by Joe Hill, the son of author Stephen King, Heart-Shaped Box is the story of a self-absorbed rock star who without warning buys a ghost online in the form of a heart-shaped box, only to discover the ghost’s merciless assault on him.

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13.  The Shining

Not only is this novel a renowned horror/thriller of our time, but it is also a famous movie starring Jack Nicholson. Stephen King’s The Shining centers on the lives of Jack Torrance and his family, who unknowingly stay at a hotel with a horrific past, which possesses Jack’s sanity, leaving his wife and son with nowhere to run.

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