I am a total chicken when it comes to horror. Really, I just can’t handle it. I can probably count on my hands the number of scary movies I’ve watched, I have literally absolutely zero desire to go to things like Halloween Horror Nights, I don’t particularly enjoy being scared the way some people do, and, well, I guess that has translated over into my reading since I don’t really read horror either.
I have read a few horror books in my lifetime though! Well, they’re still probably more paranormal than horror. Horror-lite. Diet horror. Horror for scaredy cats. But most of them are books I’ve not talked about much, and I figured October would be the perfect time of year for this post, so here we are!
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I know this one isn’t exactly scary, but it’s still considered horror! And it’s a classic. I did think this book dragged, but I also thought the friendships in it were sweet, which surprised me.
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
This one wasn’t quite scary either, but it did have a couple suspenseful, creepy scenes, especially considering I read one of them in the dark in the middle of the night alone in my apartment. That’s the best way to read scary stuff ;-)
Swallow You Whole by Jasper Black
This was definitely not scary, it even had humor, but it also involved demons and eating souls and whatnot. It was a fun book overall.
The Woods Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynas
This is a graphic novel about a high school that gets suddenly teleported to another planet with everyone in it. People get eaten by aliens and stuff. They also turn on each other. It was a neat concept.
Ninety-Nine Righteous Men by K.M. Claude
Again, not scary, but it’s about a demon possession and two priests trying to exorcise it. It was a graphic novel/webcomic, and the author really made the demon rather interesting-looking. The author also managed to include a bit of emotion and backstory between the two priests.
Darkchylde by R. Queen
This one was about a girl who traveled to some sort of nightmare realm sometimes. The whole thing had an eerie feeling.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I feel like this one doesn’t even feel like horror? But over a thousand people categorized it as such on Goodreads, so it counts! I loved this book when I read it in high school—so thought-provoking.
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
I guess this was technically my first foray into horror, unless you count Bunnicula. I’ve mentioned before that it was these books that started my love for vampires, so they’ll always have a special place in my heart for that reason.
Dark Carousel Series by Anya Allyn
I’ve never reviewed this series and have rarely mentioned it, but I actually read all four books, and it was pretty horror-ish (although still not too scary). It’s got kidnapping, a giant dollhouse, ghosts, massive snake monster things, parallel universes, murder, and the ending will most likely give you an existential crisis (well, it nearly gave me one). The part that got to me the most though was in the last book *SPOILER* when the MC was forced to be the bride of this decrepit, vile, creepy supernatural man (sorry, I don’t remember exactly what he was), and not only was she going to be raped, in the meantime, while he was building up his strength for a few months after being reanimated or whatever, she was forced to spend her days in a box like a marionette on a wall with a bunch of other marionettes that contained human souls, and her skin literally started rotting off. *END SPOILER* There is nothing about that that isn’t horrific.
Rushed by Brian Harmon
This was another one that I think was definitely horror, and I saved it for last because it actually did have me on edge with the suspense the entire time I read it and then freaked me out at two particular parts, both of which had a strong psychological aspect. Maybe it wouldn’t freak anyone else out, but, again, I’m a scaredy cat, and of course I read it in the middle of the night, all alone lol.