Horror Fiction

This is the perfect time of year for bonfires, hoodies, and ghost stories. With Halloween just around the corner, this is the best time of year to be scared out of your wits. For mature readers, here are some of the best names the Library has to offer in Horror Fiction.


Peter Straub is known for his likeable characters and how they confront difficult paranormal or supernatural situations. The atmosphere of his stories are dark, mysterious, and definitely creepy, filled with violence and gore. Some great titles by Straub are A Dark Matter, Mrs. God, and Lost Boy, Lost Girl, which are available in book format and the Indiana Digital Download Center.


Richard Matheson is best-known for a little novel called I Am Legend, which is about a vampire apocalypse. Matheson takes images and events from everyday life and sprinkles in some genuine terror. His writing is suspenseful and filled with haunting images that will come to life in your mind. Other terrifying titles include A Stir of Echoes and Hell House, which are both available through the Indiana Digital Download Center.


The atmospheres of many of Dean Koontz’s novels can be described as “nightmarish,” with enough horror and suspense to make you bite your nails down to the quick. Combining horror with some sci/fi elements, Midnight is a great place to start. Other creepy reads include Watchers and What the Night Knows.

horror-the-right-hand-of-evil John Saul’s novels are without a doubt the stuff of nightmares. If you’re into stories about demons, ghosts, and violence, then Saul is the right horror author for you. Start with The Devil’s Labyrinth. Other titles include In the Dark of the Night, The Homing, The Right Hand of Evil, and Nightshade. The Presence is another good choice that is available from the Indiana Digital Download Center.

horror-it And we can’t forget the Master of Horror, Stephen King himself (or his pseudonym Richard Bachman). Many of his petrifying titles have gone on to become classic scary movies, like It, The Shining, Pet Sematary, and The Stand, just to name a few. He’s known for conjuring up images from our darkest nightmares with plot twists and turns that you won’t be able to see coming. Some other notable titles include Needful Things, Misery, and The Mist. Once again, nearly anything you pick up by King is going to have some sense of psychological horror that will stick with you for years to come.

Do you know any other horror fiction titles you think we should have on our shelves? Stop in and let us know! In the meantime, I’ll be sleeping with the lights on.