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Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Psychological Horror books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Bad Inheritance (2019)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListA thriller that will grip you with suspense and mystery!There are secrets better left alone…After the sudden death of his father, country doctor Nathan Fendall receives a strange inheritance: a remote property. But someone already lives there and simply refuses to move away.The tenant is estranged Uncle Eric. Is there a reason why he doesn’t want to leave?Nathan and his wife Rachel soon find themselves in a battle of wills. Threats quickly escalate.And then the violence starts.Shocking family secrets will be exposed, forcing Nathan to do the…
Author(s): Steve Richer, Nicholas Gifford

2. The Pillow Friend: A Novel (2005)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListAs a child, Agnes Grey dreamed of the perfect friend to ease her loneliness: a doll that would talk to her, tell her stories, share her secrets. Only her aunt Marjorie seemed to really understand. Something of an outcast herself, she told Agnes she’ d had just such a doll when she was a child. She called it her pillow friend. So when Agnes receives her very own pillow friend—an old-fashioned porcelain doll painted to look like an old-world gentleman—she’s certain her dreams have come true. And so they have—but in ways that Agnes could…
Author(s): Lisa Tuttle

3. After Midnight (2006)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListFrom Publishers Weekly Although Laymon died in 2001, his U.K. novels have only recently gotten an American release; this 1997 title is a sordid, flawed gem, both stomach churning and erotic, and not infrequently at the same time. Narrated by paranoid, defiant 26-year-old Alice, the book opens on a peaceful night of house-sitting—but as Alice warns, “You can never be sure it’s safe.” Indeed, shortly after midnight she spots a strange man emerge from the woods and go swimming naked in the family pool. A fortunately timed phone call that’s a wrong number gives Alice the chance to drive off the…
Author(s): Richard Laymon

4. Wicked Lies (2011)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListFor two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission-one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them. . . Laura Adderley didn’t plan to get pregnant by her soon-to-be ex-husband, though she’ll do anything to protect her baby. But now reporter Harrison Frost is asking questions about the mysterious group of women who live at Siren Song lodge. Harrison hasn’t figured out Laura’s connection to the story yet. But Justice…
Author(s): Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush

5. Berkley Street Series Books 1 – 9 (2018)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListShane Ryan is returning to his hometown of Nashua, and the childhood memories that have haunted him throughout his adult life. The sinister demon lurking behind his family home threats to spill over and destroy all that he holds near and dear…spurring Shane on a journey that will challenge everything he knows about himself and the world. This digital box set contains all of the nine thrilling supernatural novels in this best-selling series: : Twenty years ago, Shane Ryan’s parents disappeared within the halls of their family home. Now, more relatives have vanished, leaving Shane as the prime suspect. But a…
Author(s): Ron Ripley

6. Born Evil: A dark psychological thriller with a killer twist (2018)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListWHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU FOUND OUT YOUR CHILD IS A PSYCHOPATH? One night when Jennifer Hanson returns home, she catches her 12-year-old son Shane stabbing their cat to death. Thankfully, he doesn’t see her. Having long known Shane has a brain with psychopathic tendencies, her worst fears may be confirmed. Ever since he accidentally shot his father to death at age six, she has done everything she can to ensure Shane doesn’t become a full-blown psychopath. He has behaved normally up until now. Have her efforts been in vain? She can tell he’s changing, becoming increasingly dangerous, but she can’t stomach putting him in a psych ward….
Author(s): Julia Derek

7. The Missing: A Thriller (2008)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListA RAZOR-SHARP THRILLER FROM THE EDGAR AWARD-NOMINATED AUTHOR WHO “BLURS THE LINES BETWEEN DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES” (Abilene Reporter-News, TX) Darby McCormack was in high school when she first encountered the killer: someone murdered a woman in the woods where Darby and her two best friends were partying. His race to silence the witnesses was sure-footed and violent – but somehow Darby survived. Twenty-five years later, Darby is a crime-scene investigator for the Boston Police Department, and a chilling case – a woman’s late-night abduction – has her uncovering strange leads to…
Author(s): Chris Mooney

8. Gilchrist: A Novel (2017)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListTwo years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them–a chance encounter with a gifted six-year-old boy, a series of violent deaths, and repeated sightings of a strange creature with a terrifying nature–Peter…
Author(s): Christian Galacar

9. Verity (2018)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListLowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin. When Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, asks Lowen to complete the remaining books in a contract his permanently injured wife is unable to fulfill, Lowen has no choice but to accept. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home with the intention of only staying one or two nights—long enough to sort through Verity’s chaotic home office to collect all the notes and outlines she’ll need to start writing the first novel. But the more time Lowen spends with…
Author(s): Colleen Hoover

10. Haunted Collection Series: Books 1 to 3: Supernatural Horror with Scary Ghosts & Haunted Houses (Volume 1) (2018)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListAfter his wife is brutally murdered, Victor Daniels is thrust into a supernatural world he struggles to comprehend. Seeking answers, he teams up with paranormal expert Jeremy Rhinehart. They race against time to stop a man who's spreading chaos and violence by way of deadly, haunted objects… Victor Daniels and Jeremy Rhinehart discover a myriad of haunted collectibles unleashed upon the world. Together they begin to hunt them down. But it's not long before they realize the haunted spirits within are more bloodthirsty now than when they were alive… Stefan Korzh's plan to…
Author(s): Ron Ripley, Scare Street

11. The Girl Who Lived: A Thrilling Suspense Novel (2017)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListNo one believes her story. The police think she’s crazy. Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal. Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk. They’re all right—but did she see the killer?  — Independent Publisher Book Awards 2018  — National Indie Excellence Awards 2018  — Silver Falchion Award 2018  — Indie Book Awards 2018  — Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2018  — NetGalley Readers As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the…
Author(s): Christopher Greyson

12. Madhouse: A Suspenseful Horror (2018)

 Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate ListFaced with his parents’ divorce, eleven-year-old Lucas runs away from home in the hope that his family will get back together to find him. While walking through the empty streets, he is picked up by a mysterious woman, who offers to take care of him and provide him with a loving family.The boy then wakes up in shackles, confined to a bed in a decrepit house in the middle of nowhere and will have to face his deepest fears in order to survive in his new home….
Author(s): Miguel Estrada

Best Psychological Horror Books: The Ultimate List

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Dark Dreams 2.0: A Psychological History of the Modern Horror Film from the 1950s to the 21st Century

Author(s): Charles Derry
ID: 401916, Publisher: McFarland, Year: 2009, Size: 15 Mb, Format: pdf

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