The font you choose for any horror related project holds a lot of weight - both metaphorically and quite often physically on the page too. The fun you can have with typography design when it comes to horror is immense, because this is one theme that is far more extreme than most and can be handled accordingly.
Horror demands attention, aims to make your heart beat ever quicker in your chest and fill you with a range of emotions from fear, anxiety and stress, to sadness, strength, shock, mystery and more.
As a design theme it is the worst and the very best and there is no shortage of great fonts to help you conjure up the emotion you're searching for.
In this article we've rounded up 25 of the best horror fonts we've found lurking in the dark for your scary projects.
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1. Omecca Vertilla
Could that be dripping blood instead of ink or perhaps it was written in a rush. Either way, this could make a great horror font.
Omecca Vertilla is a playful display font, with a slight melting effect. This modern font is very suitable for horror related projects.
The font is based on a relaxed sans serif font with varying letter heights so that it is very free to express a more wild and playful design style.
2. Sabotaged Font
Hand-scratched with a custom made cola pen, this font set will tear through your text with unmistakable energy and raw power – perfect as a horror font for logos, branding & product packaging, and any text which needs a heavy dose of fear and mystery.
Sabotaged comes with a full set of upper and lower case characters, with some alternates & ligatures included – giving you the extra freedom to turn your text into authentic custom-made hand lettering.
3. Coaster Ghost
Whilst the name alone cannot make this a horror font, the gothic and threatening style of this typeface makes it the perfect font for murder and chilling outcomes.
This serif type font is quite rigid, making it suitable for striking design, giving the impression of stiffness, this font wouldn't be lost where a corpse lays and seems a bit gothic and certainly vintage.
4. Spoiled Brush Font
A great horror font, Spoiled is a rough handwritten brush font; left by the murderer perhaps... or was it the victim?
It has a natural, stand out style which makes it perfect for setting the scene of a crime in a creepy and compelling way, whether through advertising, poster design, book covers, magazines or more.
Make your point with Checkpoint Signature; a cool, confident & high energy signature-style script font guaranteed to make a big impression. With horror implied in the jagged, striking handwriting it's the perfect horror font.
This is an incredibly versatile font with a smooth-edged signature style font, a second version with a completely new set of both upper and lowercase characters, a third font containing 26 hand drawn swashes, 20 ligatures and end forms all included, you can create a never ending stream of alternative layouts and looks.
An ideal horror font, this Blackletter font blends a little more “darker” and is slightly tangent to the “devil” impression. So this font is a classic, but with a soul that can adjust to the modern world and a horror related design.
This font will be suitable for horror projects including death band logos, album covers, metal, hardcore, underground and punk posters, as well as horror movies and design paraphernalia.
7. Old Brighton Typewriter
A typewriter font delivers a classic horror vibe and this one is no different.
Old Brighton Typewriter is a simple font that was generated out of typed letters with an old and dusty typewriter; to create the perfect vintage look.
With typed uppercase, lowercase and special letters all of which create a handcrafted look. It works good for rustic or vintage style horror work and great for creating a distinctly archaic look and feel.
Cometh and gaze upon Candelabra, a medieval and fantasy inspired blackletter font that has a place in horror fonts with a different vibe. Candelabra is a blackletter font full of mysticism and age - definitely something you'd find in medieval castles alongside witch burning.
An ideal choice for an old horror story and a design depicting such a time. Also great for band logos, book covers and more. Historical and modern aesthetics are both easily achieved with this personality rich font. Upper and lowercase letters are included, along with ligatures, numerals and punctuation.
9. Black Ravens
Whilst the name could be a horror font on it's own, Black Ravens is a very distinctive type; a freestyle dry-brush font with a natural single brush. This font provides an urban, grunge, masculine feel, with a rough texture - it would not be out of place in a horror design.
Black Ravens is equipped with 31 stylish ligatures, swashes, multilingual, and alternates characters that you can mix and match to get your own typographic design!
10. Loving Rose
Whilst the name says anything but horror font, this is a watercolor font that could represent sorrow and sadness alongside death and misery; depicting loss. It's definitely more subtle horror vibes, but a horror font all the same.
To use Loving Rose font you will need Photoshop CC 2017 or Illustrator CC 2018 (or newer), however .OTF Loving Rose doesn’t require any specific software and can be used on any computer and in any software.
Loving Rose includes three different .SVG fonts that include Language support, Ligatures and Splashes.
A great horror font for anything sinister that requires a Japanese theme. Kashima is made with a real brush pen and looks very natural.
This font is great for apparel, branding, logo, magazine, quotes, packaging, advertising, and more, that need the styling of a Japanese brush feel.
Kashima is an all capital font and includes punctuation, symbols, numerals and multilingual support.
A subtle and understated horror font, Kilmaks is elegant and mysterious. Created as a modern serif font family in a transitional style. Despite a large number of display details, the typeface looks great in both small point sizes, and large text.
Crafted from scratch with a structural logic of its own: a fusion of pure geometry and optical balance - the perfect crime in type.
A one-of-a-kind casual marker pen font, Brotherhood makes a unique horror font.
This handwritten font is designed to tell a story and offers a blend of the familiar with a twist. Brotherhood can be used for horror branding, captions and more.
Included in this set: .OTF and .TTF file of Brotherhood Font and Opentype feature: aalt; frac; kern; liga; salts.
14. Old Movie Titles Collection
Inspired by classic movies such as Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' and Ida Lupino's 'Never Fear' the fonts available in this collection can definitely play their part as horror fonts.
With suspense and a genuine retro feel, the fonts capture the spirit of old fashioned black and white horror movies and can add a little drama to any design project.
This pack includes more than just fonts, but we included it in this list anyway.
This typeface was patiently retrieved from an antique alchemy volume dated 1577. The available characters were preserved, and the missing ones rebuilt, keeping the original imperfections and unique shapes.
Fratelli serif font will do an amazing job as a horror font particularly in horror logo design. It’s perfect to give a unique and sinister vibe to your horror inspired projects.
Grunge fonts are the perfect horror fonts and Defect is elegant and grungy, loaded with ligature glyphs, alternates, ornaments and multilingual support to enchant your next horror project. It is a very versatile font that works great in large and small sizes.
Defect is perfect for horror branding projects, horror product packaging, magazine headers – or simply as a stylish text overlay to any dark and creepy background image.
17. The Viperion
Introducing, The Viperion – A display typeface font with bold and unusual form.
This font has unique shape, very suitable for horror, thriller and spooky theme design. This font also perfectly made to be applied especially in logo, and the other various formal forms such as invitations, labels, logos, magazines, books, novels, labels or any type of advertising purpose.
Introducing a layered typeface called Dreadful. Inspired from classic horror movies and vintage comics. This horror font wouldn't be out of place alongside Dracula or Frankenstein.
Dreadful Typeface is best used for headings, Logotype, quotes, apparel design, invitations, flyer, poster, greeting cards, product packaging, book covers, printed quotes, cover albums, movies and much more!
A modern display font with a sharp edge! This font is a perfect accompaniment to any psychological thriller or horror movie.
This sleek font has a clean and cool look, with a chilling twist and can add horror to any design project. Perfect for logos, posters and cover art, but really works well for many purposes.
20. Caston Inked
Caston Inked is a highly-detailed textured serif typeface. Made to mimic old inky printing works, Caston Inked provides a stylistic alternative to typical horror fonts, but would work well. This old school textured serif is an excellent choice for retro horror creative projects.
With Caston Inked you’ll be able to access each different inked letter easily. The texture is also highly detailed.
21. Hotel Royal Vintage Font
This font could have stepped straight out of 'The Shinning' or some other vintage inspired hotel horror movie. Immediately giving visions of dusty bell-hops in elevators and murders across a hotel, this is a great horror font.
Hotel Royal is a vintage font inspired by the fonts used for vintage hotel labels from the first half of the 20th century and can be used for a wide variety of design projects.
A horror font with a difference, Vandoesburg provides a sharp comparison to most horror fonts, but its rough and hard exterior could provide exactly what you're looking for.
This Constructivist Font, is named in the honor of Theo Van Doesburg (Christian Emil Marie Küpper), one of the founders and leading theorists of De Stijl, which began in the Netherlands and flourished into one of the major inter-war movements. It advocated a simplified, geometric, and reductive aesthetic in the visual arts and argued that painting, design, and architecture should be fully integrated.
23. Tooth & Nail
Tooth & Nail is a rustic & hearty hand-painted dry brush font, designed to work in both all-caps as well as lowercase.
With rough bold strokes and high-quality textures throughout, Tooth & Nail is the perfect workhorse font for design projects and could be a great horror font with the right application. Tooth & Nail is reliable and familiar, perhaps a scratched warning on an old barn door or something a little more sinister - let your imagination run wild.
24. Blackhawk Brush Font
Blackhawk is a supercharged, street-wise brush font bursting with energy.
With extra attention to quick strokes and sharp details, Blackhawk is guaranteed to deliver an unapologetically loud & fast-paced message; ideal for a statement horror font, as well as logos, apparel, quotes, product packaging, or anything that needs a typographic turbo-boost!
Introducing Kingston a handwritten font with a high detailed dry brush texture, which could be used as a horror font.
Kingston has been designed to fit a wide range of projects from urban style to classic branding with a full alternative characters set to completely change the look of your design.
Kingston also includes a set of 52 hand-drawn elements that will add a nice finishing touch to your Kingston text.
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