Looking for a book to keep you up at night? That’s where horror books and ghost stories come in. Whether you enjoy the macabre poems of Edgar Allan Poe, the frightening monsters of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or the human (and inhuman) terrors of The Woman in Black and The Exorcist, we’ve got just the spooky tale for you. But if you don’t know where to start, take a look at our list of the best horror books to give you the chills.

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Ghost stories, opium and rain: the doomed holiday that inspired Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's nightmare in the Alps is the stuff of literary legend. But the truth about her trip to Geneva with Percy and Byron – which includes volcanic eruptions, a monkey and a peacock - is even stranger. This is the real story of the birth of Frankenstein


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