A classic horror novel that deals with demonic possession and an ensuing exorcism. 

The Exorcist

A seminal horror novel about Jack Torrance, a struggling writer who takes a job as the winter caretaker at the remote Overlook Hotel in Colorado

The Shining

One of the first Gothic horror novels that explores themes of scientific ambition, isolation, etc.


A psychological horror novel. follows a family who come to stay at Hill House, a mansion known for its dark history.

The Haunting of Hill House

It is about a mysterious, supernatural force that haunts a small town on the north east coast of England.

The Woman in Black

The creepy and intensely scary book deals with friendship, isolation and fear in a mysterious forest.  

The Ritual

A haunting and unsettling tale of psychological horror that has captivated readers for over a century.

The Black Cat 

A perfect blend of horror and dark fantasy, this horror fantasy will give you nightmares for several nights after you've read it!

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The book spans two eras, narrating the tale of "IT," an ancient malevolent entity that preys on kids.


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