• The cover of the book In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote spent six years writing In Cold Blood, one of the earliest “true crime” stories, after reading about the gruesome murders of a Kansas farmer and his entire family in the New York Times. The fact that it’s rooted in truth is what makes it so scary; as one RIFer puts it: “It’s chilling to know that something like that actually happened.”

  • The cover of the book House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    In this story within a story within a story, a family returns home from a trip to find a closet where there was none before. The house continues to grow upon itself, creating an endless series of hallways and rooms and a low, never-explained growl plays soundtrack to the whole thing. The phenomenon drives the family living inside insane, as it does the reader of the tale. And it will likely do the same to you.

  • The cover of the book The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Highly regarded as one of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century, The Haunting of Hill House tells of four characters that stay at the ominous mansion to explore the paranormal phenomena going on inside. The house’s spirits eventually possess one of its visitors, a quiet, reserved woman named Eleanor. Warning: this gripping gothic novel will have you convinced that every creak of your stairs is a poltergeist coming to haunt you.

  • The cover of the book The Road

    The Road

    Imagine a post-apocalyptic world, a bleak and burned landscape. Ok good. Now imagine you’re alone in this desolate landscape with only your father, very little food and a pistol to protect you from cannibals. Now imagine losing everything you have. One RIFer says of the novel, “Its descriptions of the world post-apocalypse take one’s imagination to a very dark place. And the feeling of loss that permeates the end of the book leave the reader feeling utterly fearful about the end times.”