10 Horror Book Recommendations

Horror books haven’t always been what many readers wanted to read. However. times are different now and more people love the horror genre in books, and that’s to be celebrated. I am here to give you 10 horror book recommendations for all of the horror book lovers in the world.

I have not read any of these books and know close to nothing about them. I’m simply suggesting the books I have in my own personal list to read and give reviews on. You will probably be ahead of me in reading these books, because my librarian has to order them in. I’ve also bought one book, and it hasn’t been shipped to my house yet, so I have to be as patient as I can be.

If you’ve read my first post, you will recognize four of the recommendations. They are the ones I’m going to work my way through first.

Now for the recs.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This novel is about an 18-year-old girl named Merricat Blackwood, who lives with her younger sister and uncle in Vermont. Some of the genre tags are mystery, thriller, and gothic, and I want to see how that plays out. I am excited to read this novel, and then maybe I’ll watch the movie and see how the two are different.

Hell House by Richard Matheson

This follows four people, Dr. Lionell Barrett, his wife Edith, Florence Tanner, and Benjamin Franklin Fischer. They all visit a house that was said to be haunted and this has been explained to contain unimaginable horror. That’s caught my interest , so we’ll see what happens when I read this. Fingers crossed that it’s good!

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvert

This novel is about a small town getting terrorized by what’s known as the ‘Black Rock Witch’. It’s taken place in Black Rock, New York and teens in this town decides to disobey the rules to stay locked down, and go explore. I’m guessing things didn’t turn out so good, and I can’t wait to read all about it. This book sounds like it’s going to have some twists to it, I love twists in stories.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

This novel is about a mom and her two daughters living in the a secluded place, so they can be away from people. It’s winter time, and one daughter wakes up to find her mother missing from their home. It’s set in modern times and is said to have a chilling theme. I’m particular excited about this because I love psychological thrillers that leaves you thinking.

Shiver by Junji Ito

This is a novel filled with a collection of horror short stories. It’s said to be some of her best works, and I’m looking forward to it. I happened to be a big fan of short story collections that are turned into one big novel. I think that’s creative.

Bunny by Mona Awad

Bunny is set in an university where it’s supposed to make you think. It’s up for interpretation as it follows a young girl who says to herself. It’s a Jennifer’s Body type book, and I loved Jennifer’s Body so this is going to be my favorite I bet. Who doesn’t love a little humor to go along with their horror?

Room by Emma Donoghue

This novel is about a little boy named Jack and his mother who are being held as prisoners. I really don’t know what to think about this summary, but I’m ready to read it. This seems more crime-thriller than horror though, so I don’t know what to expect from it. It seems like the type of book that is going to play on all of my emotions.

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

This novel is the Donner Party but with a supernatural twist. One thing that was said abou this novel is that “evil is invisible and it is everywhere”. That line alone has me extremely excited to read this.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul G. Tremblay

This novel follows a family in Massachusetts who thinks that they’re daughter is showing signs of mental illness. Is it a mental illness or is something sinister going on? Does their daughter have people speaking to her in her head? I can’t wait to find out for myself. It’s seem like the type of novel to give me chills, and I appreciate that when reading a horror genre.

The Haunting of Hill House

This is by far the novel I am most excited to read. It follows four characters who began to experiment strange events while they’re in Hill House. One of them believes the house is haunted, and wants to prove the supernatural existence in this novel. They’re not related, I don’t think, as they are in the Netflix show, and I find that interesting.


I recently purchased The Winter People and I’m waiting on it to come in. I’m excited to read that book especially, because of the good reviews I have seen. I’m also excited to read The Haunting of Hill House, since the show was amazing. The show is the reason I wanted to read this novel.

If you’ve read any of these books, answer a question for me. Did you enjoy the book Don’t post any spoilers I’d rather not get the experience of first reading these books ruined. Would you want to see another book recs blog post? What else would you like from me? Leave a reply and let me know.

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~ tee, signing off.

4 thoughts on “10 Horror Book Recommendations”

  1. Lots of good sounding books on this list, Tee. I loved The Winter People (and all of Jennifer McMahon’s other books) and enjoyed We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Hope you enjoy whichever of these you read!

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