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Best True Horror Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top True Horror books.

1. The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm: Unraveling the History & Hauntings of a Serial Killer’s Home (2019)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionFox Hollow Farm, the infamous Indiana property where Herb Baumeister allegedly murdered at least eleven men, has a grim past and an unsettling present. This riveting book pieces together the story of the tragic case and explores the paranormal encounters that continue to this day, delving into the psyche of a suspected murderer and the terrifying supernatural activity that lingers in the aftermath of such unspeakable evil. The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm provides detailed insights from the original criminal investigation as well as the perspectives of the…
Author(s): Richard Estep, Robert Graves

2. True Stories of the Paranormal: The Complete Collection (2018)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionThis book is the combined collection of the six previously published “True Stories of the Paranormal” series. The true tales featured in this tome range from the experiences some people have had with loved ones who have passed on, to the terrifying encounters others have had with demonic forces not of this world. Also included are stories of ghost animals, haunted houses, vengeful spirits, guardian angels and much, much more. Many of the stories will warm you heart while others will make your blood run cold. So, without further ado, let the nightmares begin….
Author(s): Cindy Parmiter

3. Evil Unleashed: True Tales of Spells Gone to Hell and Other Occult Disasters (2016)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionThe occult is many things to many people. For some, it’s a path to enlightenment. Others find it a source of personal transformation. And still others consider it a doorway to the devil. But while distinctions can be drawn and argued all day, what can’t be argued is this: the occult is dangerous. It opens channels that are best left closed. It attracts entities that don’t play by the rules. And it demands more—always more—than what was bargained for.These true-life accounts reveal the heartache and horror that can occur when people participate in the occult – be…
Author(s): John Harker

4. Horror Stories: The most Terrifying REAL unsolved mysterious and unexplained disappearances that are seriously scary, Chilling- Murder, True Crimes & Unexplained deaths (2016)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionHave you ever had that creepy feeling you were being watched?Did you know… The world is a big place, and with all that goes on, it can be downright scary!Horror Stories by Hannah J. Tidy Tells of some of the most puzzling or unexplainable murder and disappearances that have taken place all around the world, some of which STILL remain unsolved till this day.For example, the mysteriously Vanishing Youtuber!A well-known Youtuber had an unusually creepy thing happen to him one night. This is a big channel boasting over 6 million subscribers. He assumes the role of a Russian man with a thick Eastern European…
Author(s): Hannah J Tidy

5. Checkmate: Book 3 (Noughts and Crosses) (2006)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionCan the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a Nought father in a society where the pale-skinned Noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows up she becomes determined to find out more about her parentage. As Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into her father’s world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into danger….
Author(s): Malorie Blackman

6. The Girl and the Horrors of Howard Avenue: Oregon, Notorious USA (2017)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionWITH PHOTOS A seven-year-old goes missing and his step-mother is the chief suspect. Two women, fifty years apart, make history for committing the most shocking of crimes. A father kills his three young children and his wife and impersonates a disgraced journalist. Oregon’s most famous murderer explains how her jail breaks show she’s ready for parole. New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen (If Loving You Is Wrong, Starvation Heights) and veteran journalist Rebecca Morris (Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy), take a new look at…
Author(s): Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris

7. THE REAL AMITYVILLE HORROR: The True Story Behind The Brutal DeFeo Murders (2017)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionSettled in an affluent neighborhood in Long Island, New York is the one of the most infamous houses in all of America, or perhaps the world. The house with the iconic double-windows, white siding, and chimney at 112 Ocean Avenue is the home to the one of the most horrific family massacres in history, as well as an infamous haunting hoax.The haunting of the Amityville house is much more prominently known than the murders that took place in the same house. The Amityville or DeFeo family murders committed by Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. have gone down in both true crime and pop culture history. The book and…
Author(s): Frances J. Armstrong

8. Bram Stocker’s Dracula: The Graphic Novel (2006)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionOf the many admiring reviews Bram Stoker’s Dracula received when it first appeared in 1897, the most astute praise came from the author’s mother, who wrote her son: ‘It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley’s Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror.’A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker’s hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal atrocities are symbolic of an evil ages old yet forever new, endures as the quintessential story of suspense and horror. The unbridled lusts and desires, the…
Author(s): Gary Reed, Becky Cloonan

9. Nancy Drew #20: High School Musical Mystery (Nancy Drew Graphic Novels: Girl Detective) (2010)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionNancy Drew meets another Carolyne Keene creation, the Dana Girls, for the first time ever! Nancy and her pals visit the Starhurst School for Girls. Once students hear that the famed Girl Detective has arrived, they insist that Nancy meet Louise and Jean Dana, the Dana Girls! Soon, a good-natured contest is put together to see who the best mystery-solver really is, and it’s in the form of a musical, complete with clues planted throughout the school. There’s only one complication: the “phony” crime concocted for the Musical Mystery turns out not to be so phony!…
Author(s): Stefan Petrucha, Sho Murase

10. The House Next Door: A Ghost Story (2017)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionI live next to a haunted house.I began to suspect something was wrong with the gothic building when its family fled in the middle of the night, the children screaming, the mother crying. They never came back to pack up their furniture.No family stays long. Animals avoid the place. Once, I thought I saw a woman’s silhouette pacing through the upstairs room… but that seems impossible; no one was living there at the time.A new occupant, Anna, has just moved in. I paid her a visit to warn her about the building. I didn’t expect us to become friends, but we…
Author(s): Darcy Coates

11. You Think You Know Me: The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm (True Crime) (2018)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionIn the fall of 1994, Erich Baumeister (13), was playing in a wooded area of his family’s estate, when he stumbled across a partially buried human skeleton. He presented the disturbing finding to his mother, Julie, who inquired about the skull to her husband, Herb. He told her that the skeleton belonged to his late father, an anaesthesiologist, who used it for his research. He said he didn’t know what to do with it, so he buried it in the back garden. Astonishingly, Julie believed him. Over the course of eighteen-months, Julie became increasingly concerned and even frightened by her husband’s mood swings and erratic…
Author(s): Ryan Green

12. True Ghost Stories: Real Police Ghost Stories: True Tales of the Paranormal as Told by Cops and Other Law Enforcement Officials (2017)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your Attention“Police! Who goes there?” the cry goes out as a shaking torchlight illuminates a ghostly figure. The figure hangs for a moment then disappears and the officer is changed forever. Suddenly, a world that made sense has been turned upside down and the terrified family who first called the police remains uncomforted. This family is not alone though, for all over the world, police officers come in contact with the strange and the paranormal. If it were anyone else, we would dismiss these tales as falsehoods by most. But the people in these stories are…
Author(s): Zachery Knowles

13. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival) (2014)

 Best True Horror Books Worth Your AttentionThe mystery of Dead Mountain: In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the mountain climbing incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over the true stories and what really happened.As gripping and bizarre as…
Author(s): Donnie Eichar

Best True Horror Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some true horror books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Behind the Horror: True Stories that Inspired Horror Movies

Author(s): Lee Mellor
ID: 2566387, Publisher: DK Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 26 Mb, Format: epub

Cults that Kill: Shocking True Stories of Horror from Psychopathic Leaders, Doomsday Prophets, and Brainwashed Followers to Human Sacrifices, Mass Suicides and Grisly Murders

Author(s): Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar
ID: 2438460, Publisher: Ulysses Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Captive in Iran: [a remarkable true story of hope and triumph amid the horror of Tehran's brutal Evin Prison]

Author(s): Amirizadeh, Marziyeh;Rostampour, Maryam;Perry, John;Fogarty, Patty
ID: 2569445, Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers;Oasis Audio, Year: 2013, Size: 1017 Kb, Format: mobi

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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