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    21 Spine-Chilling Novels Perfect For Friday The 13th

    Horror movies and TV shows are just too mainstream.

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    1. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor - ₹599

    A suspenseful thriller with a lot of twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat until you've finished it.

    2. Endless Night by Richard Laymon - ₹342

    Gory, dark, and supremely realistic - it'll raise your suspicions about your own safety.

    3. If you're after true crime stories, go for Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi - ₹3,099

    Helter Skelter covers the story of Charles Manson, who was a criminal and a cult leader. He formed the "Manson family" - a group of his followers who were so under his influence that they committed murders on his command. Chilling.

    4. Dracula by Bram Stoker - ₹149

    Experience the exciting battle between a group of humans and Dracula, who can be called the quintessential vampire over whom all other vampires have been modelled since.

    5. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver - ₹332

    A psychological thriller about an ex-cop who sets out to stop a killer and kidnapper known as the Bone Collector, who leaves behind confusing clues.

    6. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore - ₹604

    A tragic story about one of the most shocking corporate evils - radium poisoning of female employees, which leads to permanent aches and crumbling joints. This book will make you sympathetic to their plight.

    7. 1984 by George Orwell - ₹95

    The gold standard for satires on totalitarian states. Get this dystopian novel here.

    8. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage - ₹846

    Baby Teeth is an unnerving tale about a 7-year-old child who plans to get rid of her mother, so she can have her father all to herself. Um, yeah.

    9. Miss Peregine's Home For Peculiar Children (Entire set of 3 books) by Ransom Riggs - ₹1,356

    This strange story doesn't exactly belong to the mainstream horror genre, but is chilling and unsettling - a mixture of fiction, photography, and fantasy, with parallels to Nazi Germany.

    10. You, a novel about a stalker with an unhealthy obsession, by Caroline Kepnes - ₹379

    This book make you paranoid about how safe and secure you really are, and the various ways in which you're exposed to others in today's digital world.

    Catch the Netflix series based on the novel while you're at it, Penn Badgley's killer charm is almost as good as the book.

    11. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - ₹509

    A sinister story about a possessed child, this one is a classic in the world of horror.

    12. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson - ₹566

    A true account about a house possessed by spirits and haunted by a series of eerie phenomena, which made the family staying there flee in terror in 28 days. Oof.

    13. Misery by Stephen King - ₹286

    We cannot not add King's works to a list of horror novels! Misery is a horrific story of a writer kept hostage by his "number-one fan".

    14. The Shining by Stephen King - ₹264

    Stephen King is the legit king of supernatural writing, and The Shining is unarguably his masterpiece.

    15. If you love King's work, also check out Pet Sematary - ₹367

    I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'll just suggest you buy it here.

    16. House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski - ₹1,356

    A jaw-dropping horror novel - confusing and life-changing.

    17. Ghost Story by Peter Straub, a frightening novel about the horrors that the past holds - ₹821

    Get it here.

    18. The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell - ₹479

    A disturbing gothic novel about a pregnant widow and an old wooden figure... that strangely resembles her.

    19. The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe - ₹883

    The book contains some brilliant hair-raising tales by Poe, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Masque Of The Red Death, The Murders In The Rue Morgue - to name a few.

    20. India has her own ghost stories, read some of them in Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills by Minakshi Chaudhry - ₹131

    Get to know the ghosts and spirits that reside in the hills of Shimla - an interesting and spooky read.

    21. Speaking of Indian ghost stories, you cannot miss Ruskin Bond's Ghost Stories From The Raj - ₹191

    This unique books contains 19 scary ghost stories from the colonial era, all collected and penned by Bond.

    Hell, yeah!