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11 of the Most Terrifying Books of All Time

  • FICTION

    SHARP OBJECTS

    OCT. 10, 2006

  • FICTION

    IMAGINARY FRIEND

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

IMAGINARY FRIEND

by Stephen Chbosky

A pleasing book for those who like to scare themselves silly, one to read with the lights on and the door bolted. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BROKEN MONSTERS

    SEPT. 16, 2014

FICTION

BROKEN MONSTERS

by Lauren Beukes

Beukes gave us a time traveling serial killer in The Shining Girls, and the monsters in her latest tale, whether they’re... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STRANGE WEATHER

    OCT. 24, 2017

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

STRANGE WEATHER

by Joe Hill

Worth waiting in line for, if you’re a Hill fan. If you’re not, this is the book to turn you into one. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY"

    OCT. 11, 2016

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

SHIRLEY JACKSON'S "THE LOTTERY"

by Shirley Jackson adapted by Miles Hyman illustrated by Miles Hyman

A haunting story of humanity’s herd mentality, brilliantly rendered. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ANNIHILATION

    FEB. 4, 2014

  • FICTION

    WORLD WAR Z

    SEPT. 12, 2006

FICTION

WORLD WAR Z

by Max Brooks

A literate, ironic, strangely tasty treat for fans of 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, The Last Man on Earth and other... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

    AUG. 29, 1988

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

by Thomas Harris

Lecter emerges as one of the great villains of thrillerdom, and this novel, likely to garner a huge readership, as one of... Full review >

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