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I.M. NOSFERATU’S 25 Horror Novels You Should Read Before You Die

As my favorite holiday is rapidly approaching — All Hallows Eve — I thought I would get a jump on the scares with my list of  horror novels everyone should read before they die. These are the ones that I wish I had inspired and/or written myself. Each one is sick and Rippersmooth. Check it out and see if you agree with me. If you think I left out any, drop me a line — if you dare — at IMNOS4A2@gmail.com. Save your time if you are going to send me obvious ones that I deliberately left off the list like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and instead get to reading any here you haven’t. Just make sure you keep the lights on…


1. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (Still the Jasonian novel of all time!)

2. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

3. Psycho by Robert Bloch

4. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (this whole list could be Stephen King, but I chose my favorites)

5. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

6. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

7.  Phantoms by Dean Koontz

8. Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon

9. The Other by Thomas Tryon

10. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

11. Jaws by Peter Benchley

12. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

13. The Ruins by Scott Smith

14. The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber

15. Ghost Story by Peter Straub

16. The Brotherhood of Satan by L.Q. Jones

17. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

18. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud by Max Ehrlich

19. The Strain trilogy by  Chuck Hogan & Guillermo del Toro 

20. The Omen by David Seltzer

21. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

22. The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

23. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

24. Night of the Living Dead by John Russo

25. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham


Sleepless nights to you all!

IMNOSI.M. Nosferatu hails from Gehenna (look it up). He has an encyclopedic mind for horror, sci-fi, paranormal, and the occult. He has myriad other hobbies and interests which may not be appropriate to print here (or to divulge at all), but his mission in life (and death) at least for our purposes, is to find good (or as he puts it “sick”), spine-chilling, blood-curdling media in the horror genre and tout it to the world. He is a straight shooter and calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. He will not suffer fools, sycophants, ass-kissers, brown-nosers, and other suck-ups. Pillow Talking is thrilled to have him on board as a guest blogger despite having never met him face-to-face and dealing solely through emails (at odd hours of the night).

If you have something in particular you would like for I.M. Nosferatu to review, you may contact him (if you dare) at IMNos4A2.gmail.com.

TWITTER: @IM_Nosferatu


Stephanie & Wayne

About Stephanie & Wayne

Stephanie is a journalist, writer, editor, and has had several hundred articles published in various newspapers and magazines, many of which still are available online under “Stephanie Lyons Schultz”. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and was a practicing psychotherapist. She currently is a professor of psychology at WCSU and NVCC in Connecticut. Wayne is an Emmy-Award winning writer, producer, and director. He has produced many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. Wayne also is a practicing attorney with a Masters degree in Law from NYU. In addition, he is a professor of communications at WCSU. Together, this recently wed couple write, produce, and direct as many of their stage, screen, and TV projects as they can with a full house -- their combined brood of seven! Some of their work has been featured this summer and fall off off Broadway; other work currently is under option. They hope to continue to promote more of their projects in the coming months! Feel free to write whatever comments you like! We want your feedback!