You don't have to wait for Halloween to enjoy some good scary stories. This list contains all kinds of horror- ghosts, monsters, murderers and even psychological horror. Turn down the lights, pull up the covers and get your scare on with any of these horror books!

Compiled by:
Beatriz G.
The Deep

Alma Katsu

Surviving the sinking of the Titanic, Annie takes a job as a nurse on the Britannic before encountering a fellow survivor who forces her to reckon with past demons.

The Girl from Widow Hills

Megan Miranda

Arden Maynor was just six years old when she was swept away while sleepwalking in a rainstorm. Fame as the survivor of Widow Hills undid her life, until she moved far away and changes her name. She begins to feel like she's being watched and, soon, her past comes back to haunt her.

Haunted Houses: Classic Stories of Doors that Should Never be Opened

John Landis
Series: The Library of Horror

Classic haunted house ghost stories curated by world-renowned filmmaker and horror genre expert John Landis. This beautifully presented, highly collectible anthology features ghost stories that have enthralled, terrified and inspired readers decade after decade. Step inside these ghost-ridden repositories of supernatural evil, if you dare...

Immortal Angel

Lynsay Sands
Series: Argeneau series

For almost two centuries, Ildaria Garcia has been on the run, but lately her vigilante tendencies have drawn unwelcome attention to her fellow Immortals. Forced to relocate, Ildaria is supposed to lay low in a new town. Instead, she quickly entangles herself with six and a half feet of muscular, tattooed trouble. Joshua James Simpson Guiscard, aka G.G., knows a lot about Immortals, enough to make him wary. Yet from the moment Ildaria walks into his club, he feels desire stronger than anything he's known. But when her past catches up to them, G.G. faces a choice, confront his demons at last, or lose a passion that's hot as hell.

The Institute: a Novel

Stephen King

After his parents are silently murdered and he's kidnapped in the middle of the night, Luke wakes up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents-telekinesis and telepathy-who got to this place the same way Luke did. In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines; if you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim eventually disappears, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help, but no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of ItThe Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.

It Will Just be Us: a Novel

Jo Kaplan

Struggling to maintain her sanity in the haunted corners and memory-laden passages of her decaying ancestral home, Sam takes in her pregnant sister before the appearance of a knife-wielding ghost boy reveals dangerous family secrets.

Little Eve

Catriona Ward

“A great day is upon us. He is coming. The world will be washed away.”

On the wind-battered isle of Altnaharra, off the wildest coast of Scotland, a clan prepares to bring about the end of the world and its imminent rebirth. The Adder is coming and one of their number will inherit its powers. They all want the honor, but young Eve is willing to do anything for the distinction. A reckoning beyond Eve’s imagination begins when Chief Inspector Black arrives to investigate a brutal murder and their sacred ceremony goes terribly wrong. And soon all the secrets of Altnaharra will be uncovered.

The Living Dead: a New Novel

George A. Romero, Daniel Kraus

Set in the present day, The Living Dead is an entirely new tale of the zombie plague. A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won't stay dead. In a Midwestern trailer park, a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come

Malorie: a Bird Box novel

Josh Malerman
Series: Bird Box novels

Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. There remains no explanation, no solution. But for the first time Malorie has allowed herself to hope: someone very dear to her, someone she believed dead, may be alive. Now she must choose: to live by the rules of survival that have served her so well, or to venture into the darkness and reach for home once more.

The Sinner

J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

Syn takes another hit job and crosses the path of the vampire race's new enemy and a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Butch O'Neal is the Destroyer, supposedly fulfilling the prophecy that forces the end of the Omega.

The Toll

Cherie Priest
SF Priest

Titus and Davina Bell leave their hotel in Fargo for a second honeymoon canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. Shortly before they reach their destination though, they draw up to a halt at the edge of a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car... When, much later, a tow-truck arrives, the driver finds Titus lying in the middle of the road, but Davina is nowhere to be found.

Wounds: Six Stories From the Boundaries of Hell

Nathan Ballingrud

From the eerie dread descending upon a New Orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in “The Visible Filth” to the search for the map of hell in “The Butcher’s Table,” Ballingrud’s beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.