Terrifying Serial Killers from Crime Fiction

Terrifying Serial Killers from Crime Fiction_NovelSuspectsCrime stories have haunted and fascinated us for centuries, and serial killers seem to be the most haunting, fascinating criminals of all. Hundreds of books have been devoted to the exploration of both fictional and nonfictional killing sprees, in addition to a plethora of films, TV shows, blogs, and podcasts.

Why are we so intrigued by such horrible people? That’s a question for philosophers and psychologists to answer. Whatever the reason, the crime reads listed below are sure to thrill and repulse you in equal measure. Each of them features the two elements necessary for any successful serial killer narrative: a twisted yet driven murderer, and an investigator who, no matter how flawed or troubled, will stop at nothing to see justice done.


Eileen Gonzalez is a freelance writer from Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in communications and years of experience writing about pop culture. She contributes to Book Riot and Foreword Reviews, and she occasionally tweets at @eileen2thestars.