Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in British & Irish Horror. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Abnormality: Horror Coloring Book for Adults | A Terrifying Collection of Creepy, Spine-Chilling & Gorgeous Illustrations for Adults - Scary Gifts for Men & Women

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

🩸 Abnormality : A Horror Coloring Book for Adults 🩸 (n.) An anomaly, malformation, or difference from the normal, either physical or mental. Particularly, as a single or multiple manifestation of deformities or infirmities that can be either innate, or developed, or imagined, or indicative of obvious forms of degeneration. By transgressing the norms, the horrifying nature of these artistic creations caused reactions of fear that were (most often) accompanied by an irrepressible fascination for the ugly and frightening. 💀 This book features a unique collection of creepy and terrifying characters in their frightful environments : - Abnormally Disturbing Creatures - Creepy Dolls - Spine-chilling Mad Killers - Gorgeously Gruesome Zombies  & many others very detailed, harrowing scenes waiting to be colored, with every scene having a horror story to tell...  🥀 The "Abnormality : Horror Coloring Book" will be an amazing and "thoughtful"gift for every horror fan out there, a must add to their collection ! 🕯️ Click "BUY NOW" and get your copy TODAY ! 🖤

  • Author: Stephen J. Kemp
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


2. THE HORROR CASTLE: A Creepy and Spine-Chilling Coloring Book For Adults. Dead But Not Buried Are Waiting Inside... (Horror and Scary Gifts)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

Keep yourself awake at night with these gruesome coloring scenes from beyond the grave… Are you looking for a creepy collection of spine-tingling illustrations? Do you want to satisfy your inner horror fanatic as you discover what lies beyond the grave? Or do you want to spark your imagination with spooky scenes of skeletons, spirits and more? Then keep reading… Bursting with two dozen grim and gruesome horror-themed illustrations , this creepy collection will take you on a horrifying journey into a world of haunted castles and ghastly ghouls. From spooky manors and grim graveyards to monsters, skeletons, haunted paintings and vengeful spirits, these illustrations will chill you to the bone as you channel your inner artist and bring these one-of-a-kind scenes to life. Whether you want to relax and relieve the day’s stress with some horror-themed coloring, keep yourself awake at night with images of undead creatures and creaky old castles, or simply discover the joys of coloring and practice mindfulness, the Horror Castle Coloring Book contains something for everyone. Book details: Contains Dozens of Chilling Illustrations – Including Haunted Mansions, Castles, Gardens, Graveyards and More Perfect For Coloring Fans of All Ages and Skill Levels Great For All Kinds of Pens, Pencils, Ink and Markers Single-Sided Paper To Prevent Bleed-Through and Make Removing Your Favorites Easy! Promotes Mindfulness and Stress Relief While Unlocking Your Creativity Contains a Bonus Coloring Test Page And So Much More… Perfect for fans of all things horror-related, the Horror Castle Coloring Book lets you peek at the paranormal and satisfy all your morbid curiosities. Plus, it also makes a brilliant gift idea for a coloring fan you know this Halloween. Are you ready to dive into this horror collection? Then scroll up and grab your copy now – the ghosts are waiting for you…

  • Author: Brian Berry
  • Publisher: The Coloring World; Large type / Large print edition (June 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1801011044
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches


3. Sherlock & Dracula: Lifeblood

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

A CLASSIC HISTORICAL DETECTIVE THRILLER WITH A SUPERNATURAL TWIST Lifeblood - A Novel Seven years after Dracula's apparent demise at the hands of Jonathan Harker and his five compatriots in the forests of the Carpathian Mountains, Sherlock Holmes is asked by Mina Harker to help track down what she believes is the returning vampire before he takes his revenge. But she may be too late. Can Sherlock and Dr. Watson find the lair of Dracula located somewhere in Victorian London before vengeance is served. for more information, maps, evidence and journals. Based on the characters developed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his works depicting the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and characters developed by Bram Stoker in Dracula.

  • Author: Kev Freeman
  • Publisher: Undercover; 1st edition (June 30, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


4. Classic Tales of Horror - 500+ Stories

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

If you were looking for the Holy Bible of the horror anthologies, consider yourself lucky, because you just found it! Cosmic horror, supernatural events, ghost stories, weird fiction, mystical fantasies, occult narratives, this book plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities. This box set includes all the seven volumes of the collection.

  • Author: Ambrose Bierce
  • Publisher: WS (February 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


5. Frankenstein: The Original 1818 text of Mary Shelley (200th Anniversary Collection Classics Edition, #1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. This is a original 1818 text edition of Frankenstein. Frankenstein is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. Shelley had travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is just 17 km (10 mi) away from Frankenstein Castle, where two centuries before an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she traveled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)—where much of the story takes place—and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. Since publication of the novel, the name "Frankenstein" is often used to refer to the monster itself, as is done in the stage adaptation by Peggy Webling. This usage is sometimes considered erroneous, but usage commentators regard the monster sense of "Frankenstein" as well-established and an acceptable usage. In the novel, the monster is identified via words such as "creature", "monster", "fiend", "wretch", "vile insect", "daemon", "being", and "it". Speaking to Victor Frankenstein, the monster refers to himself as "the Adam of your labours", and elsewhere as someone who "would have" been "your Adam", but is instead "your fallen angel." A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

  • Author: Mary Shelley
  • Publisher: Independently published (April 17, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 979-8739796950
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.39 x 9 inches


6. The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

'Look, my lord! See heaven itself declares against your impious intentions!' The Castle of Otranto (1764) is the first supernatural English novel and one of the most influential works of Gothic fiction. It inaugurated a literary genre that will be forever associated with the effects that Walpole pioneered. Professing to be a translation of a mysterious Italian tale from the darkest Middle Ages, the novel tells of Manfred, prince of Otranto, whose fear of an ancient prophecy sets him on a course of destruction. After the grotesque death of his only son, Conrad, on his wedding day, Manfred determines to marry the bride to be. The virgin Isabella flees through a castle riddled with secret passages. Chilling coincidences, ghostly visitations, arcane revelations, and violent combat combine in a heady mix that is both chilling and terrifying. In this new edition Nick Groom's wide ranging introduction explores the novel's Gothic context in the cultural movement that affected political and religious thinking before Walpole developed it as a literary style, helping to explain the novel's impact on contemporaries, its importance, and Walpole's pioneering innovations in the horror genre. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • Author: Horace Walpole
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Third edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0198704447
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 5 inches


7. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales (Oxford World's Classics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

Robert Louis Stevenson's short novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, first published in 1886, became an instant classic, a Gothic horror originating in a feverish nightmare whose hallucinatory setting in the back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence. Its revelatory ending is one of the most original and thrilling in English Literature. This new edition of Stevenson's most famous work includes three additional short stories, two short essays, and extracts from contemporary writing on psychological disorders. The introduction considers the reasons for the book's popularity, "the double," and psychoanalytic interpretations, as well as crime, sex, class, and urbanism in the 1880s. Appendixes provide contextual historical material by Henry Maudsley, Frederic Myers, and W.T. Stead. This edition also provides an up-to-date bibliography and full notes, including details of the initial responses of Stevenson's contemporaries, such as John Addington Symonds, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Rider Haggard. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

  • Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0199536221
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches


8. Bones & All

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 2015 Alex Award Recipient! Maren Yearly is a young woman who wants the same things we all do. She wants to be someone people admire and respect. She wants to be loved. But her secret, shameful needs have forced her into exile. She hates herself for the bad thing she does, for what it's done to her family and her sense of identity; for how it dictates her place in the world and how people see her--how they judge her. She didn't choose to be this way. Because Maren Yearly doesn't just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson's eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same-with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car. But when her mother abandons her the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, and finds much more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn't only looking for her father, she's looking for herself. Camille DeAngelis' Bones & All is an astonishingly original coming-of-age tale that is at once a gorgeously written horror story as well as a mesmerizing meditation on female power and sexuality.

  • Author: Camille Deangelis
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (March 22, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1250046529
  • Dimensions: 5.21 x 0.76 x 7.94 inches


9. Don't Look Back: A haunting mystery perfect for the long, dark nights

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

Adam’s eyes swelled in horror at the sight that confronted him. Henry was standing with his back against the front door, pale and rigid, his left hand pressed to his neck. Blood was seeping between his fingers, running down his wrist and dripping from his elbow onto the back of Jacob’s head. Jacob was facedown on the tiled floor, arms outstretched to either side with blood pooling around his wrists. There was a faintly metallic butcher’s shop smell in the air... After the tragic death of their eleven-year-old son, Adam and Ella are fighting to keep their family from falling apart. Then comes an opportunity that seems too good to be true. They win a competition to live for free in a breathtakingly beautiful mansion on the Cornish Lizard Peninsula. There’s just one catch – the house is supposedly haunted. Mystery has always swirled around Fenton House. In 1920 the house’s original owner, reclusive industrialist Walter Lewarne, hanged himself from its highest turret. In 1996, the then inhabitants, George Trehearne, his wife Sofia and their young daughter Heloise disappeared without a trace. Neither mystery was ever solved. Adam is not the type to believe in ghosts. As far as he’s concerned, ghosts are simply memories. Everywhere he looks in their cramped London home he sees his dead son. Despite misgivings, the chance to start afresh is too tempting to pass up. Adam, Ella and their surviving son Henry move into Fenton House. At first, the change of scenery gives them all a new lease of life. But as the house starts to reveal its secrets, they come to suspect that they may not be alone after all… What readers are saying about Ben Cheetham’s books ' I love love loved this book! Had me gripped right from the start and just had to keep reading it!' ' A dark and twisting narrative that will keep you turning the pages. Ben Cheetham's characters, though sometimes tainted or, indeed, pure evil, are completely believable.' 'The only trouble with this book is that sleep and work got in the way.' ' I loved this book and continue to think about the characters after I finished.' ' Brilliantly written and had me totally captivated. Didn't want to stop reading as I felt myself getting pulled into the drama and wanting to find out what happened next.' ' Wow! I loved this book. The suspense kept me on the edge of my chair!' Other books from Ben Cheetham Steel City Thrillers Series Blood Guilt Angel of Death Justice for the Damned Spider's Web The Jack Anderson Series Now She's Dead Who Is She? She Is Gone Standalone novels The Lost Ones Mr Moonlight

  • Author: Ben Cheetham
  • Publisher: Independently published (December 5, 2018)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1790760299
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches


10. Six Scary Stories

Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Horror - August 2021

Number 1 bestselling writer Stephen King introduces and presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology:Stephen King discovered these stories when he judged a competition run by Hodder & Stoughton and the Guardian to celebrate publication of his own collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. He was so impressed with the entries that he recommended they were published together in one book.Reader beware: the stories will make you think twice before cuddling up to your old soft toy, dipping your toe into the water or counting the spots on a leopard…

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications; 1st Trade Paperback Edition (October 31, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1587675706
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.32 x 9 inches