The genre of horror includes all kinds of stories. First, we have the classical gothic tales like Shelley’s Frankenstein, Stoker’s Dracula and the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. These days the genre of horror can include psychological horror through to gruesome and gross reads. Authors can get our hearts beating by messing with our heads or make our stomachs turn with their depictions of zombies, monsters and other things that go bump in the night. These are the books that evoke the feeling of fear in the reader. Personally, I enjoy a good horror book but I’m not a fan of the subgenre of gruesome and grisly.
As with many genres, there is cross-over. Some of these titles could fit onto a dystopian list, for example.
So, here’s a list of suggested horror reads – titles and authors. Some are light. Some are dark. Some are just really, really red and sticky.
- Dracula – Bram Stoker. For those who want to meet the original Count.
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley. One of my all-time favorite books. A story that really asks what makes a monster?
- If you like Frankenstein, try the Kenneth Oppel’s prequel, This Dark Endeavor and Such Wicked Intent.
Humorous horror aka “blood-lite” (I don’t know how coined the term so I can’t give credit, but it is a good way of describing this type of book)
This phrase may seem like an oxymoron but these books do have the traditional fear factor mixed with varying degrees of humour. One of the best I read this summer was:
- Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride. I can’t wait for the sequel. Sam is having a tough week. He has just found out that he is a necromancer, one of his friends has become a talking head, and he finds himself trapped with a hot werewolf. Now all he has to do is figure out how to use his powers to save himself and his friends.
- Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer. “High school bites. Especially when you are a teenager.” Like all teenagers, Vladimir Tod has to survive the trials and triumphs of high school but he also has a secret he’s trying to hide – he’s a vampire.
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We like our horror. These are the top five books/series we can’t keep on the shelves:
- Department 19 by Will Hill
- Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
- Enemy by Charlie Higson
- Knife Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
- Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith