9 Terrifying Books That Aren’t Shelved as Horror

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October is the perfect month for horror! But what if you’ve grown tired of everything the horror shelves have to offer?

To satisfy even the most jaded of appetites, we’ve rounded up a list of 9 sci-fi, literary fiction, and even non-fiction titles that will still leave you chilled. Let us know if we forgot any of your favorite non-horror horror in the comments!


The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Maybe don’t read The Road if you’re a parent? Or ever want to become a parent? McCarthy’s book follows a man and his son as they try to navigate a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland. They push an old shopping cart loaded with stuff, they scavenge food, and they have to look out constantly for other survivors—if other scavengers find them, they might become food. The man keeps a single bullet in his gun, not for himself, but for the boy, in case they truly run out of things to eat, or become someone else’s prey. This book is unrelenting in its exploration of the horror of waking up each day in a world that can no longer support you.

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