Famous Horror Books That Will Keep You Sleepless At Night

I’ll explain why a horror novel is superior to a horror film or series. For starters, there are no jump scares, and the tension and excitement that words may produce cannot be replicated on television. Period. I wish I had space to include all of Stephen King’s books on this list. After all, he is the horror genre’s king. But that’s not something I’d do. You can count on this collection to be comprehensive and diverse. You’ll encounter your fair share of vampires, draculas, gore, and fear. So let’s get started with some of the most well-known horror novels of all time.


Four famous writers (Lord Byron, PB Shelley, Mary Shelley, and Dr. Polidori) took up a challenge to write the scariest novel imaginable in the year without a summer (yep, you read that correctly). Dr. Polidori created a narrative that inspired Dracula, and Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein, the first horror novel. Did you know that the term Frankenstein refers to the doctor, not the monster?


Bram Stoker opted to fuel the fire to our passion for the undead centuries before The Vampire Diaries was produced. Count Dracula, the first vampire, was presented to us all in this Gothic epistolary tale. This is one of the most well-known horror books of all time.

American Psycho

I can’t even begin to describe how terrifying this book is! Have you seen the film adaptation? The novel is ten times more terrifying. Patrick Bateman, a Manhattan investment banker by day and a serial killer by night, is the protagonist of this story. The novel is startling, unsettling, and terrifying at moments.


Stephen Master, the king of the horror genre, wrote The Shining, his most popular and scary novel. Jack is given a position as a caretaker at a hotel that, due to its isolated location and terrible weather, remains closed throughout the winter. He and his family relocate to the location, and the seclusion leads to terrible events that will shock your mind.

Rosemary’s Baby

What’s the most terrifying thing? A feeling of powerlessness. When you know something isn’t right and tell everyone, but no one believes you. Substitute a pregnant lady for yourself. Prepare yourself for a difficult read. This novel is terrifying from beginning to end.

The Haunting of Hill House

If you know a house is haunted, why do you feel compelled to enter it? Why? Nonetheless, a group of four individuals believes they are bold enough to investigate the strange events in the house. And, after all, don’t we all know how horror stories go? One of the most well-known and adapted horror novels of all time is The Haunting of the Hill House.

The Exorcist

You must have seen the film; it’s a cult classic. How many of you, on the other hand, have really attempted to read this book? Possession by demons has never been more terrifying.

The Silence of The Lambs

This book has it all: cannibalism, thrills, suspense, horror, gore, blood, and criminality! If you’re a genuine horror lover, you’re probably familiar with Hannibal Lecter and what he eats with his fava beans.