Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

Books in the horror literature and fiction genre are based on stories provoking fear in the reader by depicting supernatural elements. This genre creates an environment of fascination, fear, mystery in the novels to attract the readers. These stories are often considered dark fantasy since they are against nature’s laws. Horror symbols such as monsters, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and zombies are common in these stories. Mostly, these novels lack sympathy and human emotions. The death and torture rate of the horror novel characters is higher than any other genre. The primary purpose of horror literature fiction is to create fear, repulsion, and terror in the readers. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Horror Literature & Fiction.

1. Layla

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love. When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences. Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher: Montlake (December 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


2. The Stand

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail - and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. In 1978, Stephen King published The Stand , the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition includes material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic. For hundreds of thousands of fans who heard The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are listening to The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival. Cover artwork 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror


3. Fear Nothing: Moonlight Bay

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

If you’re different enough, the night is not your enemy, the darkness is not intimidating, the shadows are not terrifying. You fear nothing. Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you’ve ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else can - its mystery, its beauty, its terrors, and the eerie silken rhythms that seduce one into believing anything - even freedom - is possible. Until the night Christopher Snow witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered secrets of Moonlight Bay and its strange inhabitants. A place, like all places, that looks a lot different after dark.

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror


4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Author: Shirley Jackson
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense


5. No One Goes Alone: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

From New York Times best-selling author Erik Larson comes his first venture into fiction, an otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible that marshals his trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story thoroughly grounded in history. Pioneering psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. Was the cause rooted in the physical world...or were there forces more paranormal and sinister at work? Available only on audio, because as Larson says, ghost stories are best told aloud. A group of researchers sets sail for the Isle of Dorn in the North Atlantic in 1905 to explore the cause of several mysterious disappearances, most notably a family of four who vanished without a trace after a weeklong holiday on the island. Led by Professor James, a prominent member of the Society for Psychical Research, they begin to explore the island’s sole cottage and surrounding landscape in search of a logical explanation.  The idyllic setting belies an undercurrent of danger and treachery, with raging storms and unnerving discoveries adding to the sense of menace. As increasingly unexplainable events unfold, the now-stranded investigators are unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, their instincts, one another - or even themselves.  Erik Larson has written a terrifying tale of suspense, underpinned with actual people and events. Created specifically to entertain audio listeners, this eerie blend of the ghostly and the real will keep listeners captivated till the blood-chilling end.  Featuring Erik Larson reading his Notes for a Narrator .

  • Author: Erik Larson
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Ghosts


6. Death (The Four Horsemen Book 4)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

He’s known by many names: Thanatos. Horseman. God’s last angel. And then, of course, there's the one I’m all too familiar with— Death. The day Death comes to Lazarus Gaumond’s town and kills everyone in one fell swoop, the last thing he expects to see is a woman left alive and standing. But Lazarus has her own extraordinary gift: she cannot be killed—not by humans, not by the elements, not by Death himself. She is the one soul Death doesn’t recognize. The one soul he cannot pry free from her flesh. Nor can he ignore the unsettling desire he has for her. Take her. He wants to, desperately. And the longer she tries to stop him from his killing spree, the stronger the desire becomes. When Lazarus crosses paths with the three other horsemen, an unthinkable situation leads to a terrible deal: seduce Death, save the world. A hopeless task, made all the worse by the bad blood between her and Thanatos. But Death’s attraction to her is undeniable, and try though she might, Lazarus cannot stay away from that ancient, beautiful being and his dark embrace. The end is here. Humankind is set to perish, and not even the horsemen can stop Death from fulfilling his final task. Only Lazarus can.

  • Author: Laura Thalassa
  • Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing, LLC (November 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


7. Rival Crowns (Challenger's Call Book 7)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

Wes Malcolm has now put an entire age of terror to rest. But the Golden Sands has long had more than one nightmare. A new foe has arisen, a lord from a lost age, where dragons and fiends vied for dominance of every world. And unlike the other defeated relics from the past, this foe wields an authority kin to Malcolm's own. There can only be one crown to govern Avalon's worlds, and the Challenger will not share it with any tyrant. But as he rises to this next challenge, a vision of the past speaks out to him, one who would teach him of how these wars began—and how they can be ended. The Ancient awaits him. Note: This book's release was slightly delayed due to the author suffering a freak illness. The author would like to thank the hospital staff of OU medical for working so hard to save his life, and will forever remember their efforts and hard work.

  • Author: Nathan Thompson
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Teen & Young Adult


8. The Wisdom of Crowds: The Age of Madness, Book 3

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Little Hatred comes a stunning fantasy novel that finds the world in an unstoppable revolution where heroes have nothing left to lose as darkness and destruction overtake everything. Chaos. Fury. Destruction. The Great Change is upon us.... Some say that to change the world you must first burn it down. Now that belief will be tested in the crucible of revolution: The Breakers and Burners have seized the levers of power, the smoke of riots has replaced the smog of industry, and all must submit to the wisdom of crowds. With nothing left to lose, Citizen Brock is determined to become a new hero for the new age, while Citizeness Savine must turn her talents from profit to survival before she can claw her way to redemption. Orso will find that when the world is turned upside down, no one is lower than a monarch. And in the bloody North, Rikke and her fragile Protectorate are running out of allies...while Black Calder gathers his forces and plots his vengeance. The banks have fallen, the sun of the Union has been torn down, and in the darkness behind the scenes, the threads of the Weaver's ruthless plan are slowly being drawn together.... "A master of his craft." ( Forbes ) "No one writes with the seismic scope or primal intensity of Joe Abercrombie." (Pierce Brown)

  • Author: Joe Abercrombie
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy


9. The Ex Hex: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins, writing as Erin Sterling, casts a spell with a spine-tingling romance full of wishes, witches, and hexes gone wrong. Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two. That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all. Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

  • Author: Erin Sterling
  • Publisher: Avon (September 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0063027473
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.72 x 8 inches


10. The Lighthouse Keeper

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - October 2021

A terrifying mystery of the sea In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers vanished without trace from the remote Scottish island of Eilean Mor. An emergency relief crew was sent to man the lighthouse, and at the end of their month-long duty, they resigned from their posts, never to speak of what they had experienced. The mystery of Eilean Mor has never been solved. Until now. In the present, a group of environmental researchers arrives to observe the wildlife. While exploring the lighthouse, now deserted, one of the team discovers a manuscript written by one of the relief keepers, a man named Alec Dalemore. As a sudden storm cuts off their escape, the researchers come to realise that Dalemore wrote the manuscript as a warning to all who would come after him -- a warning of something ancient and powerful and strange beyond imagining… The Lighthouse Keeper is a supernatural tale based on the Flannan Isles mystery, one of the greatest unsolved enigmas in maritime history. Praise for The Lighthouse Keeper 'Fast-paced, needs to be made into a film!' - Oliver Brooks 'An enthralling mystery' - Completely Novel

  • Author: Alan K. Baker
  • Publisher: Lume Books (February 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction