Now that we're well into October and getting ready for Halloween, spooky season is officially upon us. If the chill in the air makes you want to curl up with a book that will put a chill in your spine, you'll love Goodreads' book recommendations. The reading community has put together a frighteningly good list of the 10 most popular horror books of all time, based on over 90 million reviewers' rankings.
Although it's not a surefire litmus test, it seems the best horror books usually have great material for scary movies. You might recognize most of these titles from the cinematic versions because those flicks went on to become classics in that genre. It's an urban legend that books are always "better" than the films they inspire. If that's the case, prepare yourself to be scared out of your fuzzy slippers — these thrillers are the real deal.
The reigning monarch of this list is by far Stephen King, who wrote a whopping five of the 10 horror reads. These stories, featuring characters from ancient vampires, apocalyptic zombies, to homicidal little girls, all have incredible writing that plunges you into the authors' worlds of terror. Read these before bedtime only if you love nightmares and things that go bump in the dark.