It’s getting darker earlier and there’s a crispness in the air, what better time to curl up with a spooky book than now? I admit, I’m fairly new to the horror/thriller/creepy genre, both in film and in books, but lately I’ve found some good books that are just spooky enough and I thought I’d share them with you. I have a stack checked out from the library that I am hoping to get to this month as well and you can follow me on Instagram or Goodreads to see any good ones I find!
Also check out Goodreads post for their Horror Week. Lots of great lists to find some new books to read!
Let’s start with Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. I read this years ago and rereading the synopsis on Goodreads made me want to pick it up again! Someone described it in a review as ‘lesbian Dickens’ and that made me laugh but also… yea that’s kind of the best description I can give you. Nothing is as it seems, things get more twisted as they go, and a big creepy house is the setting (honestly you will see a theme here with my favorite kinds of spooky reads) I have the latest of Sarah Waters on my nightstand and highly recommend this author.
Since I mentioned creepy houses, I have too more house books for you. The first is the Whispering House by Elizabeth Brooks. I would call this a good intro into gothic suspense. A girl is trying to find out about what happened to her sister and is called to this house, knowing it must hold the answers. Of course she gets sucked in and falls in over her head, but it’s a fun read to see it all unfurl.
Even better than that though is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia I loved this one. Again, a woman is on a quest to find out the truth (this time about her cousin)but this house is way creepier and the visual elements of this story are spectacular. The details about the characters’ clothes, the way the house looks and changes, you can clearly picture each scene in your head. I think they are making this into a mini series and I hope they have a good budget to give the lushness this story deserves!
A bit of an unexpected add to this list is Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. Part social commentary, part sci fi, it took me a little bit to get into this one. I wasn’t sure where it was going. But once I accepted the more twisted vibes, I couldn’t put it down. I love a genre bending read and this one has great characters that keep you on your toes.
And finally, just finished this one last night and needed to add it to the list, I have The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson. I got this off of some list and honestly was not thinking I would like it much. Kind of thought I’d start it but was prepared to put it down. Instead, I really liked the feminist angle to the story and cared about the main character enough to want to see her through! Full of witches and curses but more a commentary on religion and the patriarchy. The real bad guy is not hidden in the scary woods, he’s the leader of the community. Fun to cheer for a teenage girl to bring it all down!
What spooky books do you love? I just started the classic Rebecca last night, I’ve never read it and am ready to fall into a ghost story! You know I was happy when the first chapter was a description of a delapitated, creepy house…