Horror stories and by extension, horror books, are possibly old as storytelling itself. Death, the supernatural, the afterlife, the fear of the unknown – by nature, horror speaks to one of the most primal human emotions. Especially ancient cultures, like those in India, are replete with these stories, even if the motifs and mythologies that are considered ‘scary’ differ from place to place.
While the West has its Zombies, we have our Yakshinis and our Pretis, or Muhnochwas. It is important to remember the socio-cultural nuances, often injustices, that brand something as ‘scary’ (think about the Salem Witches).
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Their tales and stories have survived thousands of years, and continue to delight readers. If you are looking for your next horror book, here is a list of horror books you simply cannot miss considering.
Click on the book for more details. If you have read any of these, drop a comment! And remember, we are always looking to represent more diverse stories so if you know a horror book in your mother language please point us to it and we will include it in the list.