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The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by kanayoNickel: 8:28am On Jul 17, 2017
Whether you’re a diehard fan or frightened of anything that goes bump in the night, chances are you’ve seen your fair share of horror films, be it in the theater or in your room with the lights off.

Even people who claim they are too easily scared by horror movies seem eager to see them. Why? Because fear triggers elevated dopamine levels in our brains. Most people literally become happier when exposed to set doses of fear. The same can be said about scary stories. Scary horror novels can produce the same chemical effect in our brains.

So, if you’re feeling blue and need a bit of a nail biting pick-me-up, consider horror books. Here are thirteen books that are easily considered the best horror books ever written.

1. A Head Full of Ghosts – A Story of Demons and Money

Paul Tremblay’s horror book won the Bram Stoker award for Best Novel in 2015.

It’s original and intense storyline has made it one of the best horror novels of the 21st Century. It centers around Merry, an eight-year-old girl who begins to worry that her older sister, Marjorie, has become possessed by the devil.

Struggling for money, Marjorie’s parents agree to be the focus of a new reality television series, which focuses on her demonic possession. Marjorie later confesses to Merry that she is, in fact, not possessed, but suffers from mental illness.

As time progresses, however, Merry begins to suspect that Marjorie’s bizarre behavior truly is supernatural in origin. Tremblay’s mix of Catholicism and commercialism makes his novel as refreshing as it is spine-tingling.


2. The Exorcist – A Lesson in Demons

To this day, the 1973 Exorcist film still manages to freak a lot of people out, but most people don’t know that this chilling tale first began as a novel. While the movie is a constant array of in your face action, the novel has a subtle build that will leave you dreading to turn the next page. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this ghastly tale, William Peter Blatty’s novel is of a young girl named Regan who develops an unnatural friendship with a spirit she met through a Ouija board.

Soon, Regan starts to exude some strange and violent behavior, and her mother eventually realizes that her precious daughter has become possessed with a demonic entity. The tale concludes with a terrifying exorcism performed by two Catholic priests … but not everyone will survive. Many researchers believe that Blatty was inspired by the events of a real exorcism performed on a boy named Robbie Manheim in St. Louis, in 1949.

3. House of Leaves – A Tale of Madness

Mark Danielewski’s novel is more than just a scary ghost story, it is a work of art. The story centers around a family who slowly discover that the interior of their house is somehow larger than the exterior. As the characters slowly dip into madness, the reader is along for the ride, as many of the book’s pages are formatted in a myriad of bizarre ways.

What makes this horror novel so unique is that most readers will have a visceral reaction not just to the story, but to the book itself. While such an undertaking is not for the faint of heart, the story’s chilling conclusion will leave you feeling happy to be sane, and not a member of the Navidson family.

Should you find you love House of Leaves, be sure to check out its chilling sequel, The Whalestoe Letters.

4. Books of Blood – A Feast of Carnage

This three part series is made up of short scary stories that will undoubtedly give you goosebumps. After the collection was published, Clive Barker became a household name … if said household enjoyed horror, that is. Most of the stories center around ordinary people who suddenly find themselves in gruesome and strange predicaments. A majority of the stories deal with ghostly apparitions and vicious demons. But others focus on the flaws of humanity and how, in certain circumstances, man has a tendency to turn on his fellow man in a violent, often hateful, manner.

Some of the collection’s more grisly tales have been adapted into full feature films, including the popular film Candyman, and The Midnight Meat Train. What makes Books of Blood so horribly satisfying is Barker’s penchant for intricate details. That, combined with his imaginative and visceral story plots will have your mind spinning long after you finish Books of Blood.

If you’re interested in graphic novels, eighteen short stories out of Books of Blood have been adapted into a comic book series titled Tapping the Vein.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by kanayoNickel: 8:35am On Jul 17, 2017
5. Rosemary’s Baby – The Devil’s Son

Ira Levin’s 1967 book is considered one of the best horror novels, as it launched the success of the horror industry on a commercial level. Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a young couple trying to start a family as they move into an old, well established apartment complex called the Bramford. They quickly make the acquaintance of the Castevets, their friendly but eccentric neighbors who seem to dote on Rosemary. After Rosemary becomes pregnant, she discovers that the Castevets are actually a part of a Satanic cult, and she starts to suspect that they want to help Rosemary in her pregnancy so they can sacrifice her infant to Satan.

But the truth behind Rosemary’s child is much more disturbing. After the critical acclaim of Levin’s novel, horror books became much more mainstream and popular in the United States.

6. The Silence of the Lambs – A Psychological Delight

Many people have seen the 1991 film adaptation of this novel, but few know it first began as a book. FBI agent Clarice Starling has been instructed to visit the notorious Hannibal Lecter, a highly skilled forensic psychiatrist and serial killer who enjoys eating his victims. Clarice hopes to inadvertently gain Lecter’s trust and derive his help in solving a new serial murder case with a highly skilled and mysterious killer.

As Clarice continues to visit Dr. Lecter the two form an unlikely bond, and the cannibal feels inclined to give Clarice clues as to the identity of the murderer. Clarice must solve the case before her superiors, who underestimate her abilities.

Thomas Harris manages to incorporate a sense of urgency and intensity that is not felt in full by the film.

7. It – One of the Best Horror Books of All Time

There’s a reason Stephen King is considered one of the best horror writers of all time, and It is chiefly among said reasons. On the surface, It is about a group of kids who must band together and battle Pennywise, an evil clown that terrorizes and kills children. But as the story progresses, we realize the clown’s machinations are far more intricate and far scarier than originally thought. Pennywise uses fear itself as a weapon against his victims.

Don’t be surprised if after you finish this gruesome and imaginative journey, you find yourself a little fearful of clowns, it has happened to a lot of people. If an iconic novel about a terrifying clown piques your interest, be sure to read it by this summer! A new adaptation of the film is being released this September, and it looks downright terrifying.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by kanayoNickel: 8:41am On Jul 17, 2017
8. Bird Box – The Latest Classic in Horror

Josh Malerman’s Bird Box may be his first book, but it has quickly been considered one of the best horror books in recent times. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story centers around Malorie, a young college student who, along with her sister, begin to hear about people suddenly going mad and attacking each other after seeing something that could not be properly identified. Soon, these attacks are happening all over the globe, and Malorie and her sister must barricade themselves in their house in order to survive.

Described as chilling and beautiful, what is most shudder-inducing about this book is the fact that the root of all evil is unknown … and could be around any corner.

9. Amityville Horror – A House of Sheer Evil

If true scary stories interest you, then you’ll want to check out Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror. On November 13, 1974, a man named Ronald DeFeo Jr. rose from his bed in the middle of the night and murdered six of his family members while they slept. A little over a year later, the Lutz family moved into the Long Island home and began to experience a series of paranormal phenomenon. Strange things began when Mr. Lutz found himself suddenly waking up every day at 3:15 AM, which he would later learn was the time DeFeo murdered his family. The house often grew infested with flies, and the family began to see apparitions standing in front of the windows of the house.

The novel is based on their recounts, from insidious imaginary friends, to demonic voices.

Many writers and horror enthusiasts agree that The Amityville Horror forever changed the way readers enjoy and anticipate haunted houses.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by veekid(m): 7:07am On Jul 18, 2017
Horror books? Relax mind?

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by Oluvico007(m): 7:07am On Jul 18, 2017
But veekid y.. ......i almost got dat FTC undecided

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by ariwokoigbore(m): 7:08am On Jul 18, 2017
horror kwa
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by thonyokun(m): 7:09am On Jul 18, 2017
Joblessness.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by YelloweWest: 7:09am On Jul 18, 2017
Horror books to relax the mind??


Maybe for serial killers! That was how one boy watch screem over and over again.... he ended up killing his mother. He stabbed her to death just 2weeks after she had a new baby cry


Stay away from horror stories pls.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by Kingluqman89(m): 7:09am On Jul 18, 2017
Someone go still comment say e don read almost all the books when e no even get old news paper for house.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by einsteine(m): 7:09am On Jul 18, 2017
Should be at least 3 or 4 Stephen King novels on any top 10 horror novel list.

The shining, Salem's lot, Misery.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by Narldon(f): 7:10am On Jul 18, 2017
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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by adonbilivit: 7:10am On Jul 18, 2017
What an irony. Horror books to help relax ur mind

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by nogasimplicity: 7:10am On Jul 18, 2017
can you share the PDF?

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by Nobody: 7:10am On Jul 18, 2017
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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by FTrebirth(m): 7:10am On Jul 18, 2017
i prefer vampires and werewolves stories. ghosts, ghouls and demons can be boring.


as for zombies, i've seen too much on nairaland.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by nony43(m): 7:10am On Jul 18, 2017
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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by twind111(m): 7:11am On Jul 18, 2017
Go and read d.o fagunwa books das our own books not this oyinbo stuff .....the english version was translated by wole soyinka

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by banmee(m): 7:11am On Jul 18, 2017
You missed one; Read The history of Nigeria. That shiit will scare the crap outta you. cool

#Jaqenhghar #cococandy

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by malificent(f): 7:12am On Jul 18, 2017
PDF please
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by faithchubby93(f): 7:12am On Jul 18, 2017
Thank you for this Op
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by YelloweWest: 7:13am On Jul 18, 2017
banmee:
You missed one; Read The history of Nigeria. That shiit will scare the crap outta you. cool
;Dsavage

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by banmee(m): 7:13am On Jul 18, 2017
YelloweWest:
;Dsavage
Hehehehehehehe.
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by HighKing01(m): 7:15am On Jul 18, 2017
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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by banmee(m): 7:15am On Jul 18, 2017
YelloweWest:
Horror books to relax the mind??


Maybe for serial killers! That was how one boy watch screem over and over again.... he ended up killing his mother. He stabbed her to death just 2weeks after she had a new baby cry


Stay away from horror stories pls.

I swear i thought the same thing too.

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by nony43(m): 7:15am On Jul 18, 2017
They are not a horror books but I love them, Wind in the Willows and Streams in the desert
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by Lordxeer(m): 7:15am On Jul 18, 2017
Where can we get all these books? share a link if any...
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by Finestface(f): 7:16am On Jul 18, 2017
lipsrsealed embarassed
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by calberian: 7:16am On Jul 18, 2017
Stephen King though. He's unarguably the number 1 when it comes to horror tales.

Let's have a top 20 of sorts on nairaland stories, shall we? Naughtydiana, I see you wink

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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by wolextayo(m): 7:16am On Jul 18, 2017
Horror ke
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by FCBarkinlonaFan(m): 7:17am On Jul 18, 2017
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Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by DoyenExchange: 7:20am On Jul 18, 2017
thonyokun:
Joblessness.
How? Please explain!
Re: The 13 Best Horror Books To Relax Your Mind by VivaLaFrans: 7:21am On Jul 18, 2017
These are the books for sadists.... When there are alot of inspirational books and educative books available both in hard and soft copies to enhance the mind.

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