6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and Tension

Although not the most popular genre, horror novels have a lot of charm and appeal, especially among loyal fans. Many think that horror novels only contain ghosts, terror, and fear. In fact, horror genre writers also have to understand psyche (soul, mind, and spirit) of humans very well in order to be able to write horror elements that are suspenseful, scary, and quite rational.

Currently, there are many horror genre novels that are quite popular among readers. However, the following is a series of horror genre novels that have been considered as classic novels that have become references and references for writers who want to write horror genres. Come on, read this article to the end!

1. Dracula – Bram Stoker

6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and TensionDracula by Bram Stoker (instagram.com/karmamchesnut)

Dracula by Bram Stoker is a novel epistolary which means the story is told through letters, newspaper news, and diary entry. It does not contain only one protagonist, but several characters, namely a lawyer Jonathan Harker, Count Dracula, and Abraham Van Helsing.

The story begins when Jonathan Harker stays at a castle in Transylvania belonging to a noble named Count Dracula. Jonathan who knows that Count Dracula is a vampire tries to escape. The story continues when Count Dracula moves to Whitby, a small town in England whose citizens are being hit by a plague.

The city’s leader, Abrahan Van Helsing investigates the case of the loss of its citizens and finds the conclusion that vampires are the reason behind the disappearance of the residents. He also hunted and tried to kill the vampire who had terrorized the city.

2. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and TensionThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (instagram.com/cemetery.of.forgotten.books)

Released in 1959, The Haunting of Hill House is a genre novel gothic horror from American writer Shirley Jackson. He is known for his short stories and horror genre novels including The Lottery and We Always Live in the Castle. This novel is considered the most classic haunted house story which has been the inspiration for other famous writers such as Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.

This novel tells of four strangers who live in a house with a bad reputation to conduct research on the existence of supernatural activities. At first, they found only the usual oddities. But the longer they stay in the house, the tension and terror builds up, causing a tragedy they can’t prevent.

Unlike the usual haunted house stories, this novel does not give rise to any ghost appearances at all but tells of a “house” that haunts the people who take shelter in it. This novel has been adapted into a stage play and film which was released in 1963. A popular Netflix series of the same title was also inspired by the story of this novel.

3. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and TensionFrankenstein by Mary Shelley (instagram.com/mrsleeslibrary)

Released in 1818 by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein tells the story of a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who makes artificial humans in an unusual way. The novel is inspired by Shelley’s trip to Frankenstein Castle in Germany where a similar experiment was conducted some two centuries ago.

Similar to Dracula, Frankenstein displayed in the format epistolary. Initially, the story was narrated through Captain Robert Walton’s letter to his sister, Margaret Walton Saville. The captain who was about to go to the North Pole for a research witnessed the appearance of a large creature and soon found a man who almost froze to death.

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After realizing, the man is Victor Frankenstein who then tells the reason he almost died. He was obsessed with making artificial humans and finally succeeded. But the monster felt lonely and asked him to make another monster as his partner. But Victor refused because he was afraid and sorry for his creation. Enraged, the monster killed Victor’s fiancé and his father by accident, since then, Victor promised to kill and hunt the monster wherever he is.

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4. The Shining – Stephen King

6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and TensionThe Shining by Stephen King (instagram.com/enjoyingstory

The Shining is the most famous horror novel by Stephen King, an American writer known for his novels suspension and horror like It, Carrie, Misery and Sematary Pets. His novels have been adapted into horror films and became cult classic for horror lovers.

For a fresh start, Jack Torrance accepts a job as a staff at an old hotel to get closer to his family. He thinks his new job will allow him to spend more time with his family and write books. But when winter comes, the old hotel is not only quieter but also spooky.

5. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and TensionThe Turn of the Screw by Henry James (instagram.com/arianemarch)

A woman accepts her first job as a governoress (nanny and private tutor) to two charming and quiet sisters named Miles and Flora. The governoress He also found a series of irregularities that led him to believe that the house was haunted by an evil entity. What frightened him was the fact that the entity seemed to be targeting Miles and Flora who were strangely unafraid of the creature’s existence.

Released in 1898, The Turn of the Screw is a novella written by Henry James and is his most famous and acclaimed work. This story has often been made into a film or series, but the most famous is The Innocents and Netflix original series The Haunting of Bly Manor.

6. The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

6 Classic Horror Novels, Stories Full of Terror and TensionThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill (instagram.com/thespookytourist)

The Woman in Black is an English horror novel written by Susan Hill. This novel has been adapted into a film several times. The latest, movies The Woman in Black released in 2012 and starring Harry PotterDaniel Radcliffe.

Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer assigned to a village to arrange the funeral of a client and look for the letters. When he arrived at his destination, Kipps found the residents reluctant to interact with him especially if he asked about client-his. Kipps then finds out if there are ghosts and curses that inhabit the village.

Apart from being scary and suspenseful, the novels above also contain quite emotional stories about the human heart and mind. Reading horror novels is also known to reduce stress and anxiety levels, you know. Happy reading!

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