6 Books That are Scarier Than Any Horror Movie

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These books are scarier than any horror movie and will definitely give you goosebumps:


1. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Replacements takes place in a town where every once in a while, a baby will be taken and replaced by a not-quite-right double that dies soon after the switch is made. The entire story is told from the perspective of one of the replacements that have mysteriously lived into his teens.

2. Horns by Joe hill

A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, “wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell.”

3. Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist

David always knew his wife was far too good for him. But he never know how lost he’d be without her until the night she died. Now she’s gone and he’s alone. But when he goes to identify her body, she opens her eye. Across the city, grieving families find themselves able to see their loved ones one last time. But are these creatures really them? How long can this last? And what deadly price will they have to pay for the chance to see their spouses and children just one more time?

4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The best thrillers tap into a specific (and realistic) fear. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown opens in the aftermath of a typical party. But when the young heroine wakes up, instead of finding drunk people, she’s surrounded by dead people. And it only gets creepier from there.

5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

At the end of most thrillers, you at least know what to be irrationally afraid of. With this novel, you won’t know if you should be wary of the haunted house on the corner or the mysterious woman who lives next-door.

6. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Cas has been killing ghosts for as long as he could handle his late father’s ghost-slashing knife. It’s a lonely life, but one that he fully accepted until coming face to face with Anna, the murderous ghost of a dead teen who wants to leave but can’t. Anna doesn’t want to kill but must, and she terrifies Cas, not because of her black eyes or blood-soaked dress, but because she makes him hesitate.


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