Recommended Spooky Novels For Horror Lovers – The existence of horror novels gives its readers its own color and sensation, with horror stories written into the novels, it is hoped that it can make readers absorb the stories in the novel.
Reading horror genre novels provides its own sensation than watching movies. Readers are free to imagine about the terrors described throughout the book. It is also easier for us to imagine getting into the story. So as if we feel haunted.
Moreover, there are so many horror genre novels that are too dear to miss. Some have even been adapted into a film so scary. Like these five best western horror novels that must be read by those who claim to be horror lovers. If you are a coward, it’s better to skip.
1. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House is an old horror novel published in 1959. This novel even received an award as the best horror novel published in the 20th century. This novel was so popular that it has been adapted into two films and one series made by Netflix.
Just like the title, this novel tells of a mansion called Hill House which often occurs supernatural sightings. A psychic named Dr. John Montgue tries to investigate the mansion. There are so many creepy events that can make goosebumps in this novel. Not to mention the conflict that surrounds the people who live in Hill House.
It is absolutely imperative to read a novel by Shirley Jackson if you like a novel that contains a lot of gripping terror.
2. Beloved – Toni Morrison
First published in 1987, Beloved is predicted to be the best novel written by Toni Morrison. This novel is set in Ohio after the Civil War. In this novel tells about Sethe, a slave who managed to escape. Previously, she had lost her husband and child.
Year after year passed, Sethe could not forget the trauma that had happened to him. He still remembers the events of his past. Plus Sethe is haunted by the death of his baby. To end it all, Sethe tried to dig up what really happened.
3. Ghost Story – Peter Straub
Ghost Story novel tells about the meeting of five friends. They regularly share scary stories related to ghosts. However, one day one of them died mysteriously. Since then, they have had dreams about their respective deaths.
It turns out that there is a secret behind the events that haunt them. The five of them had made a mistake that caused a girl to die in the past. So they assumed the young girl had come to take revenge. The novel, which was published in 1979, is guaranteed to haunt you with the terror that befell the five friends.
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4. The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
As the title suggests, this book has the theme of exorcism. This book is quite scary because it is inspired by a real incident that happened to one of the students at Georgetown University in 1950. The novel, which was published in 1971, was also repeatedly adapted into a film, namely The Exorcist trilogy.
This novel tells the story of a child of a famous artist named Regan who repeatedly experiences scary events after he is sick. Starting from seeing the appearance to being possessed. After medical treatment that had no effect, Regan’s mother went to a priest to treat her child.
To heal Regan, the priest then performs an exorcism ritual. You will be afraid of what they experience during the ritual.
5. Pet Sematary – Stephen King
Actually, all of Stephen King’s novels are highly recommended for horror lovers to read. One of his works that you must read is Pet Sematary. This novel was also just adapted into a film in 2019 yesterday but unfortunately it’s not as scary as the printed version.
Pet Sematary tells the story of an animal grave that can bring to life anyone who dies. However, those who come back to life will behave like an undead, not like an ordinary human. Of course it is very scary if we imagine being in the midst of the undead.