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Horror books can be just as chilling, if not more, than their movie counterparts, as you get added details and character insights that horror films don’t often have time to cover. There’s also a wider variety of scary books than scary films, whether you prefer body horror, supernatural horror, carnival creeps, or plain old-fashioned paranormal activity. Horror literature goes far beyond Stephen King (though he’s an obvious standout, and a horror roundup wouldn’t be complete without him), and there’s a wide range of authors contributing to the horror genre.
Just before campfire season is over, here are some of the best horror books of all time that are guaranteed to send chills down your spine. Add them to your nightstand ASAP — but maybe enjoy them in the light of day.