Best Horror Books.
Okay, so... I don't really read horror books or even watch horror movies. It's not my thing.
I did some minor research on what would differentiate a Thriller (which I do read, quite frequently) from Horror. The answers didn't help and some kind of contradicted each other a little and there is a lot of overlapping between the two.
My criteria here is it genuinely scared me and/or has a sufficient number of people categorizing it as such on goodreads.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
If you've watched the show, but not read the book, you still know why this one is on here! A good read, though it is admittedly dry especially starting out.
It should be noted that Atwood took great pains to make this one as scary as possible by including things that have occurred in one variation or another.
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey
If you want to get very technical, I didn't find this one actually scary, but that's because I don't find this sub-genre particularly frightening... because it's not real nor will it ever be.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm a party pooper.
However, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it anyway.
Behind Closed Door - B.A. Paris
I can't really say much about this one without giving spoilers. I'm going to say my piece underneath.
Highlight to view. For a book where almost nothing happens, it is terrifying. Please note: I am strictly speaking from the context of what happens during the book, not things that occur before the book started. (Referring to the dog and the abusive reveal.)
If you want to be scared, but don't want the gore, this is a good option.
You - Caroline Kepnes
I finished and reviewed this one not too long ago. It's told from the perspective of the antagonist. This book is many things... and that includes being scary.
Night - Elie Wiesel
Okay, okay. This one is non-fiction, but it's completely and utterly horrifying. I have actually never officially reviewed this one, because how does one review something like this?
Real and true horror. A must read, but not one for enjoyment.