‘Tis the season… TO BE SCARED!
Seriously, horror is my favorite everything… TV, movies, books… even if I can find dark music I’m happy. The scary stuff is my jam. And what better time to give some horror recs than Halloween?! (I hope you are not expecting Stephen King. While he is a master, I feel like it’s obvious and doesn’t need mentioning.)
1. Experiment in Terror (series) by Karina Halle (Adult!)
Yes, that is many books. There are also an additional few novellas. Ya’ll, as much as I love horror, it took me so long to find out this existed. Way. Too. Long. And once I did find it, it was like my world just suddenly made sense and life was complete. Okay, slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. It was everything I ever wanted, needed and some things I didn’t know I wanted or needed. AND THE TENSION. The very, VERY, very slow burn of it all is torture, but in an amazing way. After Lying Season you will want to murder everyone involved. The general consensus is ANGER and RAGE. You will feel emotions like you have never felt with a book. Many people also agree that book is the best in the series. So true. I could honestly just go on and on, but there are other books to discuss. Do yourself a favor and go read these. Crap, now I think I need to do a reread….
2. Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) by Kim Liggett (Young Adult!)
Or anything by Kim Liggett, really. My review is here if you want to check it out, and read about me gushing over my love for this book. The tagline “Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.” should be enough to reel you in. That is actually a really accurate description.
Since this book she has released another novel, The Last Harvest, which was alos horror, and also amazing. The second book in this series comes out in February 2018 and I am dying for it, basically. Liggett is an amazing voice is YA horror. And I have a couple more of those for you, so stay tuned…
3. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics (Young Adult!)
This is another hella impressive horror author in YA literature. This book actually reminds me of the movie The Witch, so if that is your thing, definitely read this. Daughters Unto Devils is one of the most unique horror novels I have read (who am I kidding, every book on this list is that!) and I also have a review for it here if you are interested!
Lukavics is also amazing sweet and smart, as I had the pleasure of being a part of a panel she was on at ALA in 2016. She has since released two more horror novels, The Women in the Walls and The Ravenous.
Both of those are also stunning novels. Again, super amazing voice in YA horror, definitely not to be missed!
4. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (Young Adult!)
First of all, Dawn Kurtagich is adorable and hugged me so big the first time I ever met her, and remembered me based on my Instagram. Super down to earth and sweet, but has some dark stories floating around in that adorable head!
This book had all the Slender Man vibes, and was so hard to tell the difference in what was really happening and what wasn’t. It was definitely psychologically disturbing, and so eerie… I just loved every second of it. Review can be found here!
Her first novel, The Dead House, is also AMAZING and I have a review for that here. She has a third novel set to publish in 2018, so plenty of time to check out these others. All three of these women authors hit the scene about the same time, and they were all a desperately need face-lift to YA horror and have mad respect for all of them.
and finally, an oldie but goodie…..
5. Superstitious by R.L. Stine (Adult!)
Okay y’all, this is old. As in 1995, his first adult novel that most people seem to forget kind of old. I probably read it a few year after release, in middle school, and was probably much to young to read it, but I was a mature reader so whatever. It instantly became a favorite, and I still own my original hardback (which I stole from my mother because she didn’t read it fast enough) and it has now been read upwards of ten times. The prologue of this book was enough to inform me that I would love it. It starts out bloody, which only intrigued me. Now it is one of my favorites of all time. Yes, he has other adult novels out now too, such as Red Rain, but this still takes the cake for me. My other favorites by him are actually the Fear Street Saga book, the stories that tell the origins of Fear Street. Anyway, read this freaking book if you are going to read an R.L. Stine book, okay?!
And there you have it! A list of horror to get you through fall, or winter… or any season, because horror is every season. Hopefully you can find something in this list to keep you up at night! Happy Halloween!
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