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Oh, The Horror!: What Should I Read Next?

Genre guide to horror.

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next?

On this page, we have included resources for: Finding Horror Books On Your Own, Content Warnings, and Prominent Authors. Toggle the tabs below to browse books that feature horror graphic novels, terrifying fictional tales, and nonfiction books that explore the horror genre. To find books in a specific sub-genre of horror, check out the Horror Sub-Genres page.


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Content Warnings

Content warnings give readers a heads-up about uncomfortable topics in entertainment works that may potentially cause unpleasant anxiety and emotional responses. Horror novels tend to contain some content that you as a reader may want to know about prior to reading. You can always search for book, movie and tv show's content warnings prior to enjoying!

Finding Horror Books On Your Own

Prominent Authors

Stephen King, Anne Rice and Dean Koontz were once known as the "Big Three" in horror for churning out so many best-sellers (Spratford, 2004). Other well-known authors of the horror genre (both early and modern) include:

  • Shirley Jackson
  • Mary Shelley
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Tananarive Due
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Cassandra Khaw
  • Victor LaValle
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • R.L. Stine

The Horror Writer's Association (HWA) established a Diverse Works Inclusion Committee, which regularly showcases authors from different cultures and backgrounds. We highly recommend staying up to date on their blog for author spotlights and interviews.

Diversity in Horror Writers' Association Mission Statement

Scary Good Reads

*Disclaimer: The classic horror genre is mostly written by white men and white women. There are not many diverse classic horror books. For more diversity, continue onto the next tabs to find more modern works!*

Readers' Advisory Resources