For some, the fun of reading horror novels is exploring their darkest fears in the spookiest of settings and situations. For others, it’s just seeing how far they can get without having to sleep with the lights on. Horror literature can inspire us to be both fearful and fearless. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the creepy, or just a daring, dedicated reader, here are eight spine-tingling novels we dare you to finish.
Please note that many of these novels deal with topics of sexual violence towards both adults and children, human trafficking, racially motivated violence, child death, torture, suicide, and other potentially triggering themes.