Staff Picks

Classic Horror Novels

Mad scientists, vampires, a bizarre baby, medical students gone amuck, these classic novels have frightened people for decades. Lock your windows and doors. Sit back and relax, but keep your phone handy while reading these scary tales. Hey, what's making that screeching noise?

Keith C.
At the Mountains of Madness     At the Mountains of Madness    
H. P. Lovecraft
    Lo

A university expedition believes the Antarctic is lifeless. Then they find strange fossils, carved stones tens of millions of years old and finally, the terror of the City of the Old Ones.

Dracula     Dracula    
Bram Stoker
    Stoker

This compelling tale of suspense introduces us to one of horror's most well-known characters- Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful.

Edgar Allan Poe's tales of mystery and madness     Edgar Allan Poe's tales of mystery and madness    
Edgar Allan Poe
    Y Poe

This collection contains of some of Poe's most terrifying stories including The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Masque of Red Death. Poe created unique tales of horror.

Frankenstein     Frankenstein    
Mary Shelley
    Y Shelley

Medical student Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of life and then puts together a body, essentially a man, from various corpses. Horrified by his creation he abandons it. The creature suffers neglect and abuse, finds his creator and eventually seeks revenge.

Rosemary's Baby     Rosemary's Baby    
Ira Levin
    Levin

Happily married Rosemary believes she is pregnant with Satan's child as a result of her husband's deal with the devil. Are her fears warranted, or is Rosemary losing touch with reality?

Something Wicked This Way Comes     Something Wicked This Way Comes    
Ray Bradbury
    Y Br

This masterpiece of modern Gothic literature is the memorable story of two boys and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival". How these two innocents save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes.

The Exorcist     The Exorcist    
William Peter Platty
    Blatty

Think the movie scared you? Try the book, originally published in 1971. Blatty fictionalized the supposedly true story of the demonic possession of a young girl

The Haunting of Hill House     The Haunting of Hill House    
Shirley Jackson
    Ja

The classic haunted house tale tells of three young people invited to the notorious estate by Dr. Montague to be part of a "ghost watch." Loner Eleanor is especially susceptible to the supernatural forces within the house.

The Invisible Man     The Invisible Man    
H. G. Wells
    Y We

A scientist has found a way to turn humans invisible and uses the formula on himself. He finds he cannot reverse the process and begins to go violently insane.

The Shining     The Shining    
Stephen King
    King

The terrifying story of Jack Torrence's slow descent into madness during an isolated winter with his family in the frightening Overlook Hotel

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde     The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde    
Robert Louis Stevenson
    Y St

Dr. Jekyll has discovered a drug which turns him into something else- the sinister Mr. Hyde. Transforming himself at will, he roams the streets of fog-bound London as his monstrous alter-ego and finally must pay the price.