Reading a horror book is often scarier than watching horror movies. Creepy pieces of literature have the ability to keep a reader trapped in a horrific spell while the literature pushes the mind through skin-crawling scenarios; painting vivid pictures of terror that only the human mind can conceive. Some of the greatest horror books ever written in history still give people insomnia even to this day. Sounds like fun right? Here is a list of 25 books that will scare you into insomnia.
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The Haunting of Hill House
Known as one of the best literary horror stories of all time, The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 novel written by acclaimed author Shirley Jackson. It tells the story of four seekers who arrived at Hill House, an eighty-year old mansion where Dr. Montague eventually finds pieces of scientific evidence proving the existence of the supernatural.
A supernatural suspense novel written by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist narrates the story of a girl named Regan MacNeill who was possessed by demons, as well as the efforts made to exorcise the demons. It was inspired by a case of demonic possession and exorcism that the author heard about sometime in 1950. In essence, you can say this book is based on a true story!.
Published in 1897 Dracula is a Gothic horror novel that tells the story of a vampire count named Dracula, his attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and his battle against the group led by a professor named Abraham Van Helsing. When it was released, it was highly praised by literary critics though it was not immediately a bestseller.
Lord of the Flies
Written in 1954 by Nobel Prize winner William Golding, Lord of the Flies is a novel that centers on a group of British boys who get stuck on an uninhabited coral island and are driven to savagery.
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1967 horror novel written by Ira Levin. Known as one of the bestselling horror novels of all time, it sold over four million copies around the world in the 1960’s alone. The story centers on a mother named Rosemary Woodhouse who moved to an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment with her husband. Towards the end of the story, it’s revealed that their neighbors were leaders of a Satanic coven, that her baby was the Antichrist, and that her husband was not really the father of the child that she conceived.