“Come on, come on, eat this quick, or else a ghost will come and eat you” This is the most widely recognized expression, that has terrified us as children to eat the nutritious food, we abhorred. Right from our childhood, we have been well-introduced with the dread of phantoms and devils and each insidious soul that could possibly exist. Few enthusiasts would have started reading ghost stories as soon as they began their reading venture. While some think that these books are creepy, others may love the amazing way the void seats move and blood oozes from a doll.
With an authentic love for horror stories, hereby, I have chosen the best seven horror stories/books of all times. Let us go through some spine-chilling top picks.
- THE SHINING
The Shining is one of King’s terrifying bestselling novels. He has successfully stitched his name in the horror and fantasy genres. Number of his works have been adapted for movies.
In the novel, Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young child Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack has been enlisted as the winter guardian. Fiendish powers dwelling in the Overlook which has a deep and brutal history desire young Danny for his intuitive powers and endeavor Jack’s shortcomings to attempt to claim the kid.
Stephen’s writing style is his key to unlock the hearts of every reader. His works mystically dazzle his devoted fans as well as first-time readers. The characters used by King brings immediate sympathy from the readers landing them into a different world. So, if you are a beginner, you can blindly choose this masterpiece by Stephen King!
- THE EXORCIST
The author William Peter Blatty is celebrated for ‘The Exorcist’ which was his classic resurgence. Blatty won an Oscar for the screenplay of his own book and later composed and directed a film sequel, The Exorcist III.
The story is about a young lady Reagan McNeil, daughter of a renowned actress who falls victim to an evil spirit. Father Damien Karras and Father Lankester Merrin exorcize the young lady. The book takes after Karras’ battle with his own confidence and his struggle to confront the new threats laid by the possession.
Blatty writes in a simple narrative yet mysterious way so as to hitch the readers throughout the story. If you wish to get mesmerized by the smell of those printed petrified pages, grab a copy soon!
Best known for the exemplary 19th century horror novel, Bram has penned 12 novels in his lifetime.
The gothic horror piece is about Count Dracula, the prototypical vampire’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so as to turn everyone into vampires and spread the demonic curse. It describes the struggle of Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray, Arthur Holmwood, Dr. Seward, Quincey P. Morris and Dr. Abraham Van Helsing to demolish his plan.
Stoker, with his straightforward yet infrequently difficult language has made sure to win all hearts. The action packed book won’t bore you to sleep for sure.
- JOHN DIES AT THE END
David Wong the author and main protagonist of this novel, is the pen name of Jason Pargin. This humor-horror combo packed book was later adopted as a film.
David’s anomalous & insane book centers around the primary character ‘David Wong’ and his long-time best friend John who both accidentally take the drug ‘soy sauce’ which, rather than murdering them, has the lasting impact of empowering them to see creatures from another infernal world. They have been chosen for sparing their town and the Earth, from destruction.
The unusual synchronous blend of humor and horror, throughout is the key factor that makes the book genuinely frightening. If tingling emotions are your plate, this book would be the best savor!
- THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
The Silence of The Lambs is a masterpiece of Thomas Harris, the author of three national bestsellers. He is renowned for his strenuous detailed writing.
The second novel highlighting Harris’ most celebrated creation, the primitive serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is a horror-suspense novel. The novel portrays an FBI Agent, who is compelled to collaborate with the vicious, charming Lecter to find a considerably more dangerous serial killer. The novel investigates different topics including the idea of wickedness and the impact of injury on the mind.
Considered a perfect combination of anticipation and secret composition, this work remains Harris’s most prevalent one. Be ready to get awarded with some genuine goosebumps.
Mary Shelley authored the first science fiction horror story. She also penned many other novels but her lasting legacy, however, remains the exemplary tale, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus is a fictional horror tale of a situation wherein one man’s want for logical disclosure and eternality turns out to be horrible resulting in the society’s fugitives.
This very novel has sizzled a collective artistic insight. If an avid reader has not given a chance to this majestic work; better late than never!
Another science fiction horror story, Phantoms is authored by the best-selling thriller writer Dean Koontz. He is acknowledged as America’s most popular suspense novelist.
The book throws light on Snowfield, an average American town where in one night, everyone just disappeared, each and every individual and creature are mysteriously absent from a genuine “phantom” town that was brimming with life only one day prior. Dr. Jenny Paige alongside her younger sister, Lisa, has to investigate this abandoned town and attempt to discover a sign of what happened.
Phantoms is a peerless work of horror fiction. Travel through the roads of Snowfield and uncover the mystery.
As the King of thrills and chills, Stephen King says: “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” Real life stories may be boring and stressful, but books can always be your stress buster companion. Horror stories can awaken all your dead emotions, but they will never leave you deserted on a lonely night.
Justina Susan Jose