> Skip to content

Scariest serial killers

Books » Our lists » Scariest serial killers

True crime and fiction titles to get you on the edge of your seat. 

The terrifying manifestations of the worst humanity can produce, serial killers understandably evoke a mixture of fear and loathing in most of us. So why the curiosity? If you love nothing more than scaring yourself silly by entering the mindspace of the world’s most abominable criminals, these are the books for you.

Related features

Q&A
Lee Child and Andrew Child Q&A

Lee Child and younger brother Andrew have collaborated for the first time on The Sentinel and Jack Reacher fans are in for a treat.

Q&A
Benjamin Stevenson crime and thriller Q&A

The Either Side of Midnight author on comedy vs crime, writing advice and pointy things near eyeballs.

Article
Rising stars of crime fiction

Three rising stars of crime fiction are teaming up for a series of virtual events in 2020.

Q&A
Lisa Jewell Q&A

The bestselling author on thrilling reads and the things that scare her.

Q&A
Megan Goldin crime and thriller Q&A

The Night Swim author shares her thoughts on heroes, villains and toilet paper (?!).

Book Clubs
The Night Swim book club notes

An electrifying and propulsive pick for your next book club meeting.

Q&A
Kyle Perry Q&A

The Bluffs author takes us deep into the Tasmanian wilderness.

Book Clubs
Conviction book club notes

Treat your reading group to a suspenseful thrill ride like no other.

Q&A
Katherine Firkin Q&A

Sticks and Stones author and journalist Katherine Firkin on the true crime that’s helped shape her thrilling fiction debut.

Book Clubs
The Recovery of Rose Gold book club notes

Explore themes of obsession, reconciliation and revenge with your book club.

News
Penguin writes crime thriller

Announcing the first book written by an actual Penguin. To be published 2020. 

Q&A
Fiona McIntosh Q&A

The bestselling author of The Tea Gardens discusses her penchant for the crime and thriller genre. 

Article
On fear

Our crime and thriller authors share what keeps them up at night.

Q&A
Candice Fox Q&A

Find out what scares #1 New York Times bestselling author Candice Fox.