What are the best short horror books?

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    #1Devil Inside

    Devil Inside

    Devil Inside by William Cook is a supernatural horror novel originally published in 2013. The first edition of this book was published by the King Billy Publications. This tells the story of a young boy and the consequences of his wishes.

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    Ruth Dean
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a short book, only 28 pages long. But sometimes that's all an author needs to deliver a good scare! If you are looking for a creepy story, you should check this one out."
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    #2Evil In Disguise

    Evil In Disguise
    A new pet shop had recently opened in town, so best friends Charlie Peters and Marlin decided to see what was in there. There they find a strange-looking turtle, who is a fiend in disguise. A few days later, said turtle manages to escape, and the killings begin all over the town. 




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    Kyle Schneider
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Evil In Disguise is a tale of a rather evil amphibian. The monster is disguised as , of all things, a turtle. If you like short horror book and campy horror tales take this one for a spin."
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    #3The Turn of the Screw

    The Turn of the Screw
    The narrator is a young governess, sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children. She finds a pleasant house and a comfortable housekeeper, while the children are beautiful and charming. But she soon begins to feel the presence of intense evil.
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    Michelle Burke
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Since Halloween was coming up, I always like to look for a book that is a little scary. What I got here was so much more. It was very eerie and it kept me scared to turn the page, but also wondering what was coming next. It was a good read and the kids in the story are very innocent. "
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    #4Four Past Midnight

    Four Past Midnight
    The last book of the stories based on midnight by Stephen King is an all time classic of the terror genre. A terrifying dog appears in every picture Kevin Delevan takes. Pop Merrill, the best trader in town will try to get profit of it, a very dangerous business. 



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    Terry Oliver
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Stephen King is the master of horror books. This would be a most read if you are into horror books. It is well written and the built of suspense is great."
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    #5Night Shift

    Night Shift

    Night Shift is a book collection of frightening stories written by Stephen King which serves as a delectable introduction to King's mythologies. This is said to be the first short stories King has written in his early years. 

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    #6Houdini Heart

    Houdini Heart

    Houdini Heart is a book by Ki Longfellow that tells the story of a woman who will find herself in the terror of her past and the haunted things that will affect her present life. 

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    Austin Peterson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "the houdini heart is a neat short horror book."
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    #7Red Room Riddle

    Red Room Riddle

    Red Room Riddle by Scott Corbett is a horror fiction novel published in 1972. This book follows the story of Bruce and Bill who met a strange boy who offered to show them the ghosts in his house.

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    Devansh Das
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Red Room Riddle was a pretty interesting horror novel. Not too long, felt like it went by all too quickly."
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    #8Skeleton Crew

    Skeleton Crew
    Winner of the 1986 Locus Award for Best Collection, Skeleton Crew is a collection of work by Stephen King. It is comprised of nineteen short stories including "Gramma" and "The Mist," two poems, and a novella. 
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    Nicolás Alonso
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great book for Stephen King fans and new comers alike. It's mostly twisted and gives a great sampling of his writing. All of the short stories are really good and have surprising amount of depth for their length. You really get to know and feel for the characters in such a short amount of time."
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    #9Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of short stories by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published by Doubleday on November 18, 1966, with a total of 832 pages.

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    Hannah Parker
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love, love, love all of the Edgar Allan Poe stories. I bought the hardcover for $20 on Amazon, nice to add to my collection. "
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    #10A Life To Waste

    A Life To Waste

    A Life To Waste is a horror thriller novel written by Andrew Lennon which tells the story of Dave, a middle-aged man. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2013 Create Space.

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    #11Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff

    Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff
    Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff (Creation Cinema Collection) is a Culture, Psychology, Horror, Media Tie in Non-fiction book written by David Kerekes and David Slater.
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    Jeffrey Castro
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "There are a good number of choices in this genre including Andrew Lennon Twisted Shorts, Stephen King books Bazaar of Bad Dreams and Night Shift . This book is not so much of a story as a look at the subject of death in film and other media."
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    #12The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft

    The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft

    The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft is a Horror, Anthology, Lovecraftian, Fiction book written by D.M Mitchell et al. It was published January 1, 2003 by Creation Books.

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    Laura Fisher
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Starry Wisdom turned out to be a really good suggestion. It's not something I would have chosen myself, but I really enjoyed the stories. It wasn't just a straight horror book, which I liked. There were notes of love and passion, and history as well. I really liked it."
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    #13Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque

    Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
    Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque is a collection of horror short stories written by Joyce Carol Oates, a Rea Award recipient in 1990. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Plume Books.
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    Danielle Duncan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I know the theme of genre. I know the author. I know this is an award winning book. Would be nice to include one of the short story titles or themes in the synopsis."
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    #14Stolen Tongues

    Stolen Tongues
    Stolen Tongues is a thrilling suspense and horror novel written by Felix Blackwell. It was released on June 20, 2017. It is about a newly engaged couple whose romantic getaway got more exciting than they wished for.


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    Roger Dunn
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Excellent! That is the first word that came to mind. The story almost seems too real. I remember seeing it on Reddit a while back and read it but decided to revisit it recently. I have to say it is even better than the first time I read it. Stolen Tongues is without a doubt one of the best novels I have read recently and I have high praise for Felix Blackwell."

Summary

Best What are the best short horror books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Devil InsideBooks 34 Paid
2Evil In DisguiseBooks 28 Paid
3The Turn of the Screw Books 28 Paid
4Four Past MidnightBooks 27 Paid
5Night ShiftBooks 24 Paid
6Houdini HeartBooks 23 Paid
7Red Room RiddleBooks 22 Paid
8Skeleton CrewBooks 20 Paid
9Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan PoeBooks 12 Paid
10A Life To WasteBooks 2 Paid
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