I spent the past 12 months reading nothing but horror. Why? Because why not, right? I liked most of the books I read. But most of them didn’t scare me, not even a teeny bit.

On the upside, there were 7 horror books that scared the crap out me. And after spending a year on this crazy project of mine, I knew I needed to share the best horror books! Just don’t blame me if you get nightmares after reading any of these, lol.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Easily King’s scariest work. I never, ever want to see a beloved pet come back from the grave.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Holy crap was this tense! I don’t think I took more than a few breaths the entire time. Read it now before the Netflix movie comes out.

Hell House by Richard Matheson

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Hell House makes me want to say ‘hell no’ to any haunted house visits.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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A classic that’s still horrifying and will have me forever side-eying carnivals.

The Haunting of Cabin Green by April A. Taylor

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I thought this would be a simple ghost story like Paranormal Activity. It wasn’t. Filled with so much grief and craziness that I might need therapy, lol.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

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Take a tip from me – don’t read this book when your wife is pregnant with your first child. We crossed Kevin off our list of possible names really quickly, lol.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

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I thought the movie was scary, but it’s nothing compared to this.