Related

Last 30 days
Last 6 months
Last 12 months
Last 24 months
Specific Dates
From:

To:
Specific Authors
Specific Publisher
PREMIUM

The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 13

An essential purchase for the quality of stories included in the volume, as well as for Datlow’s extensive “Summation” section, in which she recaps the year in awards, key publications, and horror news. Readers will not find a more comprehensive (yet still easily digestible) snapshot of the entire genre anywhere else.
PREMIUM

Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror

Most readers will focus on the epic table of contents, but ardent horror fans will appreciate this volume’s ode to the seminal out-of-print Dark Forces anthology edited by Kirby McCauley.Dark Forces similarly strove to bring horror to a wider audience in the 1980s and featured both an early Campbell story and Stephen King’s The Mist (which many consider to be his best novella).

Pearl

Malerman delivers with another completely different yet equally crowd-pleasing and awesome horror novel that is not to be missed. Fans of tales as varied as Eden by Tim Lebbon, Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, or The Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones will all find something to savor and enjoy here.

Queen of Teeth

This is a fun page-turner on its surface, but as soon as readers pause for breath, the real-world issues at play will wrap their tentacles around them. Readers who like old school science fiction dystopias (à la Philip K. Dick), with a healthy dose of cosmic awe (as in Caitlin Kiernan’s “Tinfoil Dossier” series) and a few dashes of kaiju mayhem, will be in horror heaven with this mesmerizing, original, and breathtaking debut.
PREMIUM

The Forest

Quigley, cohost of the award-winning Ladies of the Fright podcast, is well-versed in active contemplation of the horror genre itself, and it shows here with a story line that could be described as a 21st-century update to Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.” Fans of Hex, by Thomas Olde Huevelt, and The Twisted Ones, by T. Kingfisher, will find a kindred spirit in Quigley’s debut.
PREMIUM

Such a Pretty Smile

An obvious choice for fans of female-driven psychological horror (e.g., Sarah Pinborough’s Cross Her Heart and Rachel Harrison’s The Return). Also a good suggestion for readers who want to explore the trauma and inequalities in mental health treatment (like in Victor LaValle’s The Devil in Silver).

Flowers for the Sea

Rocklyn has written an astounding story that will leave readers begging for more, recalling other critically acclaimed novellas like Priya Sharma’s Ormeshadow and P. Djèlí Clark’s Black God’s Drum.
PREMIUM

Thanatrauma

Tem has won just about every major speculative fiction prize (including a 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Blood Kin), but he has slipped through the cracks because his work doesn’t fit neatly into established genre boxes. Library workers can make up for this oversight by confidently suggesting this collection to fans of creepy, weird fiction by the likes of Carmen Maria Machado and John Langan.
PREMIUM

The Kindly Ones

Dystopian fiction fans will find a lot to admire here.
PREMIUM

All Things Deadly: Salem Stories

An uneven collection with some promising ideas.
PREMIUM

ZRT: Division Tennessee

Perfect for readers who like their zombie novels with a little extra bite. Recommend to those who enjoyed Ben Tripp’s “Rise Again” duology and Peter Clines’s “Ex-Heroes” series.

Road of Bones

An essential read for horror and supernatural thriller fans.
PREMIUM

Beneath the Stairs

Fawcett’s debut is both incredibly suspenseful and immersive. A word of caution to readers: leave the light on.
PREMIUM

When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson

This solid anthology contains quiet horror takes on the themes and motifs that often appear in Jackson’s work.

The Strange Thing We Become: And Other Dark Tales

Fans of dark fiction will not want to miss this collection of stories about love, loss, choice, consequence, and the horrors therein.

Immortelle

With this novella, McCarthy has solidified her position as an heir to the canon of British women novelists, including Tanith Lee and Sarah Pinborough. This title would make a great addition to a “women in horror” library display.

The Gold Persimmon

The characters are captivating, the drama compelling, and the atmosphere haunting. When this fever dream of a ride is over, readers will get back in line to go again.
PREMIUM

Fit for Consumption

Readers hungry for something dark and queer will find much to chew on in Berman’s bold collection.

The Last House on Needless Street

A perfect marriage of pacing from both the plot and the narrator gives listeners a thrilling experience that will shock them until the end.
PREMIUM

All the Tommys in the World

Suggest Joe McKinney’s Dead World Resurrection or Shawn Chesser’s The Promise instead.

Children of Demeter

A book that dares you to turn out the light or put it down, this psychedelic dive into cults, monsters, and rebirth will blow your mind.
PREMIUM

Revelator

This noir thriller with horror elements strongly calls to mind the work of Hank Early crossed with Cormac McCarthy. It is a slow burn that takes its time to unfurl but makes a lasting impression. Fans of the first and third seasons of the television series True Detective will also enjoy this dark, somber tale with all of its sinister elements.

August’s Eyes

This creepy-crawly feast for the senses is a must for any fans of King and would be a particularly great read-alike suggestion for IT, Insomnia, or Dreamcatcher.
PREMIUM

The Lighthouse Witches

Told in alternating perspectives that jump back and forth between decades, this chilling tale weaves a web of superstition and truth that fans of Gothic horror won’t want to miss.
PREMIUM

On the Hierophant Road

Readers searching for something unexpected will find a lot to admire in this ambitious, inventive collection.
PREMIUM

Horror Best-Sellers, July 2021 | The Most In-Demand in Libraries & Bookstores

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

A must-read for fans of body horror, epistolary novels, and depravity, this pulse-pounding novella is one that readers will surely devour in one sitting.
PREMIUM

Frights and Delights: 60 Horror Titles To Thrill Readers | Horror Preview 2021

The Book of Accidents

Wendig blends horror, fantasy, and small-town family drama in an ambitious epic that spans both a multitude of worlds and the interior expanse of the human heart. This one’s essential.

LJ Talks to Becky Spratford, Author of ‘The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror’

PREMIUM

This Thing Between Us

Creepy and engaging, this work will make an impactful addition to horror sections and displays.

Chasing the Boogeyman

For true crime and horror fans, this one’s essential.

LJ Talks to Horror Writer V. Castro, Author of ‘The Queen of the Cicadas’

PREMIUM

The Ghost Finders

This series opener will have a wide readership because of the authentic setting, well-drawn protagonists, and compelling but not overly terrifying mystery. It expertly pays homage to writers like Algernon Blackwood (originator of this kind of story) and to present-day works that explore the format, like Alma Katsu’s The Deep, or Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi’s “Stoker’s Wilde” series.
PREMIUM

From the Neck Up

This beguiling and beautiful, yet undeniably unnerving collection, with its tales of the ordinary made strange, will captivate readers. It explores provocative and intriguing feelings similar to those in the short stories of Samanta Schweblin, Kelly Link, and Carmen Maria Machado.

The Final Girl Support Group

Hendrix presents yet another thought-provoking, fun, and chilling winner with perfect timing, as the slasher novel seems to be trending. A great choice for fans of Night of the Mannequins, by Stephen Graham Jones, or Clown in a Cornfield, by Adam Cesare, but also for readers who loved the darkly humorous but intense psychological suspense of My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

The Queen of the Cicadas

Castro delivers an unflinching, honest, raw, and thought-provoking horror tale that is both serious in its social commentary and fun to read. For fans of gruesome, vengeance-themed horror that is deeply tied to its place and the marginalized identities of its protagonists, such as The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones, and Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi.
PREMIUM

Summer Sons

A great choice for readers who enjoy thought-provoking and engaging horror that asks its protagonists to come to terms with the monsters, both literal and metaphorical, in their past (such as Sam J. Miller’s The Blade Between or Cynthia Pelayo’s Children of Chicago). Also a good option for fans of dark academic thrillers, like Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

The Last House on Needless Street

Disguising itself as a straightforward serial killer story, this strikingly original work quickly evolves into a more special story. It will push readers to their limit, but also make them glad they stuck it out. It’s a good match, in this way, to Stephen Graham Jones’s My Heart Is a Chainsaw, Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World, or Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir In the Dream House.

PREMIUM

When the Reckoning Comes

Playing on the disturbing trend of celebrating happy moments on restored plantations, McQueen cranks the discomfort up a notch to create a story where readers will actively cheer on the restless spirits. Hand it to readers who like horror where systemic oppression and monsters collide, like John Fram’s The Bright Lands or Tananarive Due’s The Good House.

PREMIUM

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

As if the set-up doesn’t sell itself, the book also has a creepy cover that’s perfect for display. Recommend to those who love tales of haunted houses with menacing and dangerous histories that reach out from beyond the grave to entrap the living, such as Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic or David Mitchell’s Slade House.

PREMIUM

The Haunting of Leigh Harker

For fans of mysteries, Miss Marple, and any spirit with unfinished business.
PREMIUM

Dismal Dreams

This collection of tense and unrelenting stories would be a good addition to libraries looking to showcase small press horror writers, or libraries looking to grow their short story collections. Recommend to readers who love Stephen King’s short story collection Night Shift or Blake Crouch’s collection Fully Loaded.
PREMIUM

Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery

Punctuated by moments of unanticipated levity as well as unmitigated terror, this clever and imaginative tale is not to be missed by fans of dark fantasy and historical horror.
PREMIUM

Getaway

Fans of Sarah Langan, Tana French, or Scott Smith’s The Ruins will devour this slow-burning psychological thrill ride.

Body Shocks

This authoritative collection is a must for any library, as an introduction to body and extreme horror for readers and librarians alike. Recommend to readers who love horror stories that make their skin crawl while they read about skin literally crawling.

Cackle

Recommended for public library collections.

Beneath a Pale Sky

This one’s an essential read for horror fans, but readers of all stripes will find grace, humor, and some thoughtful reflections on life and death here. The rich, character-driven stories shine with elegantly crafted prose. This collection is one not to miss.

Goddess of Filth

Public libraries should order multiple copies of this title. A natural read-alike and companion to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic and Aiden Thomas’s Cemetery Boys, this is a fantastic choice for mature teen or adult readers.

LJ Talks to Horror Writer Amanda Desiree, Making Her Debut with ‘Smithy’

PREMIUM

Visions of the Vampire: Two Centuries of Blood-Sucking Tales

An enlightening and broad introduction to the popular vampire menace trope, this fun read is a perfect anthology for most libraries. It presents plenty of treasures for fans new and old to discover.
PREMIUM

I Would Haunt You If I Could

Filled with thought-provoking, character-driven, psychologically horrific tales that veer slightly and satisfyingly into the weird, this collection is reminiscent of the deeply unsettling and disorienting worlds of Samanta Schweblin and Dan Chaon or the backlist gem Travelers Rest, by Keith Lee Morris.

Hearts Strange and Dreadful

An excellent example of historical horror, this novel holds obvious appeal to fans of Alma Katsu’s The Hunger, but it is also reminiscent of Andy Davidson’s captivatingly creepy occult fable The Boatman’s Daughter, with its rich and compelling characters and strong, ominous sense of place.
PREMIUM

There Comes a Midnight Hour

A great introduction to an overlooked master whose popularity peaked earlier this century. Much like Kathe Koja’s Bram Stoker–nominated Velocities, this collection will bring new readers to an important author who had a clear influence on some of today’s top horror story writers, such as John Langan and Nadia Bulkin.

Smithy

For fans of the space where true crime, paranormal phenomena, and horror overlap, such as in the fiction of Clay McLeod Chapman and Emily M. Danforth.

Paradise Club

The slasher trope is making a comeback, so this title will be in high demand with readers who enjoyed Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones, The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz, and Brian Keene’s backlist gem Castaways.
PREMIUM

Walk Among Us: Compiled Edition

There is no need to know anything about the RPG in order to enjoy these modern, original, women-focused novellas of vampire menace that take the old trope in exciting new directions. Just make sure you have other recent works by these authors in your collections, as readers will be clamoring for more upon completion.

PREMIUM

Near the Bone

Henry has expertly walked the line between psychological suspense and horror to crowd-pleasing results for years, and this title is no exception. Hand out freely to fans of Sarah Pinborough, Jennifer McMahon, and Zoje Stage.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw

This extraordinary novel is an essential purchase.
PREMIUM

The House of Dust

Buoyed by confident prose and cinematic imagery, this Southern gothic slow burn rewards close attention and will be a sure hit for fans of folklore and the occult.
PREMIUM

Chopping Spree

An excellent gateway book to readers looking to get into the horror genre. Recommend to readers who enjoyed previous “Rewind or Die” titles or fans of Adam Cesare’s Clown in a Cornfield, Stephanie Perkins’s There’s Someone Inside Your House, or Riley Sager’s Final Girls.

Goblin

These stories offer up a history lesson and guided tour of a severely troubled town. The writer-as-tour-guide is very clearly enjoying the trip, and it’s impossible not to revel in the dark glee.
PREMIUM

The Promise Keeper

Vampire fans will get their fill here, as will horror readers thirsty for a fresh, unexpected take on one of the genre’s oldest mythologies.

Whisper Down the Lane

This clever, creepy roller-coaster ride is perfect for fans of fast-paced horror with the flavor of true crime.
PREMIUM

Certain Dark Things

This vampire crime thriller with romance elements will have wide appeal, especially among the author’s many fans.
PREMIUM

The Lost Village

While some of the interpersonal dramas fall a little flat, the unraveling of Silvertjärn’s secrets (and the fate of the town’s lost villagers) make for a mostly gripping ride that will satisfy mystery and horror fans alike.

The Current Landscape of Horror Fiction: An Interview with Usman Malik

PREMIUM

The Searching Dead

A finalist in the Horror category for the British Fantasy Award, this is a slow burn of a novel with a fantastic pay-off, an intense and menacing story framed by superior worldbuilding. It is a good suggestion for fans of It by Stephen King or the “African Immortals” series by Tananarive Due.

PREMIUM

In Darkness, Shadows Breathe

A compelling, immersive, and intense time-slip horror novel with sympathetic characters that readers actively root for. The tale reads like The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle if it were written by Sarah Pinborough.
PREMIUM

Dead of Winter

While COVID-related publishing shifts delayed this collection by a few months, readers will enjoy being immersed in these winter-themed stories any time of year. Pair it with the excellent collections of Victorian winter solstice and Christmas ghost stories published by Biblioasis.

Children of Chicago

With superior worldbuilding, a relentless pace, a complex heroine, and a harrowing story that preys off of current events as much as its well-developed monster, this is a stellar horror novel that fires on all cylinders, from the first page through to its horrible conclusion. For fans of dark fantasy based on fairy tales such as Seanan McGuire’s “Wayward Children” series or novels by Helen Oyeyemi, with just the right touch of Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski.

Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan

This collection by a rising star in horror harkens back to classic anthologies by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle, but with a voice that represents the rich storytelling traditions of Pakistan. For fans of dark fantasy and horror. Pair with other works exploring universal fears framed and informed by the author’s identity such as those by Stephen Graham Jones, S. A. Chakraborty, and Marlon James.
PREMIUM

The Route of Ice and Salt

A necessary and engaging addition not only to the always popular subset of Dracula-adjacent tales such as Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker, but also to the growing pantheon of retellings of horror classics from a marginalized perspective such as Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom.

PREMIUM

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

A deft and unique blend of werewolf story with an honest and respectful discussion of bipolar disorder. It is an obvious suggestion for fans of The Last Werewolf Trilogy by Glen Duncan but also a great companion to thought-provoking creature tales that contemplate the character’s trauma as part of the horror, such as Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad.

Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

The preconceived notions of both the authors’ identities and of the limitations of the horror genre itself will be smashed to pieces, to the delight of readers. With the inclusion of biographies and photographs introducing each of the contributors, readers will gain a full appreciation of the authors, obtain insight into their influences, and learn of their other works. Do not be surprised if readers request more works by these unquiet women.

Best Horror of 2020

Mary SanGiovanni on Lovecraftian & Cosmic Horror: A Primer for Library Workers

PREMIUM

The Blade Between

Filled with intense dread and unease; well-drawn if flawed characters; social commentary; and a satisfying resolution, this is a great example of how a century-old subgenre can still speak directly to today’s readers. Direct those who want more to John Langan’s The Fisherman, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland, or T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones.

PREMIUM

Writing in the Dark

This excellent writing guide by an accomplished author and teacher will enhance all collections with its instruction. It’s also a fun read that elucidates the appeal of horror while also functioning as a solid readers’ advisory resource.

Boneset & Feathers

Kiste casts a spell with this original and suspenseful horror story, but it holds more than meets the eye. Clearly influenced by Shirley Jackson, this will appeal to fans of Naomi Alderman’s The Power, Alexis Henderson’s The Year of the Witching, or Zoje Stage’s Wonderland.

PREMIUM

The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories

This desperately needed anthology is meticulously researched and translated, offering stories from a variety of perspectives across five continents, and representing the broad range of storytelling styles and tropes that are used by all horror storytellers regardless of nationality. Readers will be clamoring for these fresh tales by current authors they probably didn’t know existed. Consider pairing it with A World of Horror edited by Eric Guignard.

Plain Bad Heroines

With a pointed female focus, an unease constantly seeping in from the perimeter, spilling fear all over the page at key moments, and characters who leap off the page, this volume will be sure to inspire many fans. Comparisons to Marisha Pessl’s Night Film or Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger are spot on, but this will also appeal to fans of dark speculative tales such as Mira Grant’s Into the Drowning Deep and Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth.

Ring Shout

Not only the perfect choice for fans of Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country or Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, but also of other dual-threat fun and thought-provoking speculative fiction such as Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth or Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation.

PREMIUM

Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror

A better entry into the world of horror as it stands today would be hard to find. The short, but never sweet, tales surprise as they unsettle and terrify. Readers will seek out more titles by the authors they discover here, or direct fans of the format to Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder.

PREMIUM

The Hollow Places

This unsettling, character-driven story of a young woman in search of herself reads like a darker, more macabre version of Alice in Wonderland, keeping readers turning the pages long after dark. Suggest with confidence to fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy or Zoje Stage’s Wonderland.

Rise of the Monsters: Top Horror Titles and Trends Coming This Season

Reading with Horror Movies

PREMIUM

The Raven

Readers will root for Dez’s success and find the species he meets along the way fascinating. A perfect choice for fans of horror-sf hybrids, such as Rebecca Roanhorse’s “Sixth World” series or Josh Malerman’s “Bird Box” novels.

Clown in a Cornfield

While this title is marketed to teens, adult readers familiar with the classic horror slasher movies of the 1980s and 1990s should find it appeals. For more modern genre gems, see Stephen Graham Jones’s The Last Final Girl or Gretchen McNeil’s Ten.
PREMIUM

The Bright Lands

Fram refers to himself as “Stephen Queen,” and while this should certainly be embraced as a “gay Stephen King” read-alike, it is also a confident and thought-provoking tale that explores complex family dynamics, sexuality, religion, and coming-of-age anxieties within a solid horror frame. A great choice for fans of Victor LaValle or Ania Ahlborn.

Night of the Mannequins

A hotter voice in horror would be hard to find these days, and Graham Jones does not disappoint, delivering another masterpiece. Give to fans of slasher or serial killer tales, and those who enjoyed James Tynion’s graphic novel series “Something Is Killing the Children” or Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer.

PREMIUM

The Perfectly Fine House

Great for readers who love haunted house stories with detailed worldbuilding, such as Tananarive Due’s The Good House, and for fans of dark, speculative tales that employ unique twists on established tropes, such as Ben H. Winters’s preapocalyptic trilogy, “The Last Policeman.”

PREMIUM

Malorie

Having read Bird Box will help, but essential worldbuilding is seamlessly interwoven in a narrative paired with enlightening flashbacks into Malorie’s childhood, making this a solid stand-alone. Malerman will no doubt add to his legions of fans with this title ripe for readers of any genre seeking an intensely thrilling ride.

Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors

Featuring well-known horror writers, as well as some need-to-know new voices, while also representing a wide range of the genre, from slight shivers to outright terror, this small press anthology is one most libraries should own. Hand to fans of Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year.

PREMIUM

The Year of the Witching

An exciting debut with the potential to appeal to a wide range of readers and fans of titles as varied as Jennie Melamed’s Gather the Daughters, Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, and Scott Hawkins’s The Library at Mount Char. It also joins a recent trend of witch-themed titles like the short story anthology Hex Life, edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering.

Killer Clowns, Murderous Mannequins, & the Anticipated Sequel to 'Bird Box' | Horror Reviews

Silvia Moreno-Garcia on the Evolution of the Horror Genre, #OwnVoices, & Her Latest Novel, 'Mexican Gothic'

Thrilling Communities with Chilling Experiences: Summer Scares 2020 Library Programming Guide

Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

Brooks’s creative and well-executed conceit will have readers searching Wikipedia to look up names and events, even the parts they know are not based on reality. An obvious choice for Bigfoot fans, also suggest this to readers who enjoyed Alma Katsu’s The Hunger and those who appreciate nonfiction survival stories such as Hampton Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice.
PREMIUM

The Unsuitable

A weird and bloody ghost story combining the terror of mental illness with body horror that, while set in a gothic world, features a sensibility more at home in the 21st century. Similar in appeal to the intense psychological suspense of Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger mixed with the real-life horror of the domestic abuse and self-harm at the heart of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.
articles
ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?

We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?