Horror Fiction

6 hair-raising facts about Bram Stoker on the 170th anniversary of his birth

Did you know his bedtime stories were about cholera?<p>The author of the world's most famous vampire novel – sorry Twilight fans – was born 170 years …

Bram Stoker

SPY Guide: The 13 Best Horror Novels of All Time

These stories will make the hair on your arms jump after turning a page at night or day. If you’re looking for a story that will push your …

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The Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

Stephen King's <i>It</i> is now the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, so it's no surprise that Hollywood is dishing out King-inspired properties …

Books

15 Horror Books That Are Perfect To Pick Up This Halloween For The Right Amount Of Spooky

Halloween is here, and our need to frighten ourselves has only just about peaked. And what better way than to read the most terrifying novels, a …

Literature

5 Literary Agents Discuss the Horror Genre

A special treat on this Halloween morning: Five literary agents, who all represent the horror genre, took a break from reading manuscripts to answer …

H.P. Lovecraft

Horror fiction by numbers: my not-so-shocking AI collaboration

Shelley is an MIT project that aims to produce spooky stories half-written by Twitter users, half by artificial intelligence. It’s – mildly – scary stuff<p>Cue a lightning flash and some portentous music: I have written with a robot.<p>The robot is Shelley, who isn’t really a robot, but actually an …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Hear 14 Hours of Weird H.P. Lovecraft Stories on Halloween: “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dunwich Horror” & More

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of …

Culture

25 of the Most TERRIFYING Horror Books Ever

Literature can be a moving, beautiful artistic experience. Skilled writers can bring us face to face with scenarios and emotions we might never …

Books

The Most Awesome, Crypt-Rocking, Scariest Ghost Stories for Halloween: Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and More

From Charles Dickens’ grimly funny ghost stories to Bram Stoker’s dark tales (featuring BDSM!), these 10 stories will scare your socks off.<p>Ghosts …

Literature

Scary enough for you? No human is writing these stories

An AI bot named Shelley starts tales on Twitter and collaborates with online community<p>Don't throw away your Stephen King collection just yet. But the …

Mary Shelley

Why Do We Love (and Hate) Feeling Scared?

Source: Atteris Amarth-Ringo/FlickrA monster is chasing someone. The person is terrified. You empathize. You feel their fear and your heartbeat …

Emotions

Watch: MIT's AI Bot 'Mary Shelley' Writes Horror Story, Humans Read It

Dead bodies, shadows, blood and limbs make up nail-biting stories for Halloween -- but these tales are now being told by an AI bot on Twitter called …

Mary Shelley

13 Horror Poems You Can Read Online Right Now

Halloween is upon us, which means it's time to pull out our favorite tricks and treats and terrifying reads. Along with jack-o-lanterns and fun-sized …

Lifestyle (Canada)

These Stephen King characters all appear in multiple books

The best thing about falling in love with a Stephen King character — something I've done many, many times — is that there's a decent chance you might …

Entertainment

These Popular ‘Universal Monsters’ Came to Life on the Big Screen

The young lawyer shuddered, feeling a tad nauseated in the company of his client, though he didn’t know why. The count had been nothing but gracious, yet the firelight seemed to emphasize his pointy teeth and claw-like fingernails. Once wolves howled outside, the count’s eyes gleamed. “Listen to …

Culture

Notes From the Book Review Archives

<i>In a 1985 essay “Night of Our Ghastly Longings,” George Stade declared horror fiction the literary equivalent of Halloween. This week’s issue features a series of roundups that, more than 30 years later, affirm and expand on Stade’s conclusions. Read a condensed version below.</i><p>“Halloween is the …

Books

10 terrifying horror books you've never read

As long as I can remember I have enjoyed stories that frighten me. As a child, on rainy early autumn afternoons in our crumbling Victorian farmhouse …

Books

A New AI is Writing Perverse Horror Fiction

An AI Horror<p>Developers of artificial intelligence (AI) systems have been dabbling in the arts for a while now. There’s already an AI capable of …

Mary Shelley

Get Out

bitchreadsEvette DionneAlthough Jordan Peele made history when he released <i>Get Out</i>, he’s not an anomaly: Black writers have been making waves in the …

Books

Horror stories created by artificial intelligence are the stuff of nightmares

An artificial intelligence is creating worlds where possessed dolls and other creatures chase after frightened, helpless humans.<p>Sound scary? That …

Mary Shelley

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Horror Fiction

October is my annual reminder that my literary diet could always use more horror fiction. Although I consider myself a fan, horror makes up a …

Edgar Allan Poe

The 13 Creepiest Fictional Characters Of All Time

Fictional characters can inspire us. They can encourage us to be our best selves. Or they can just give us the ever-loving <i>creeps.</i> For every Hermione …

Lifestyle (Canada)

‘1922’ Closes Out a Rollercoaster Year for Stephen King Adaptations

The novella collection where <i>1922</i> — the latest Netflix original film and the fourth major feature based on a Stephen King work this year — was first …

Stephen King

31 Books That Will Put You In The Halloween Spirit

Spine-tingling stories to get you through Spooktober.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p><b>Here's a helpful review: "Fantastic book with well developed characters. Completely redefines what we mean by</b> …

Books

24 Things That'll Make You Love Stephen King Even More

To quote my brother: "Stephen King rules, he just rules!"<p><i>The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

Authors

6 Great Horror Stories by Women You Can Read Right Now

There’s no shortage of real-life horror stories for women right now. In fact, I nearly included on this list Ronan Farrow’s harrowing New Yorker …

Flannery O'Connor

I Read Dead People

Chilling tales from authors passed<p>There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than reading spooky tales from the beyond. We’ve curated a …

Literature

Stephen King explains his ‘laissez-faire attitude’ to movie adaptations

Remember that time a director or studio totally butchered one of your favorite books and you weren't able to sleep for a week after seeing such a …

New Mutants

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1 of 16<p><i>The Child</i> <b>by Fiona Barton</b><p>"The discovery of a skeleton changes three women's lives in this satisfying mystery. The three—a reporter, a troubled …

Books

Supernatural fiction's 'best kept secret' Robert Aickman will be celebrated at the British Library

In the spring of 2016, I was interviewing the writer Neil Gaiman in London – just ahead of the Sky Arts broadcast of an anthology series of films …

Books