The best horror books to read for Halloween
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Witching Hour is approaching, as always, making it a great time to ask yourself the all-important question: When was the last time you read a truly scary story? The answer is, of course, “not recently enough”, but that’s okay; We are here to help you.
To celebrate the season, here are seven of the best horror novels – well, six of the best horror novels and one of the best horror graphic novels – from last year to add to your reading pile. Which one, if we’re talking about scary things, have you seen the size of that thing…?
“The Last Girl Support Group” by Grady Hendrix
What happens after the film’s final reel leaves a girl standing alone and the killer is revealed? Grady Hendrix’s book is part a love letter to the slasher movie and part a deconstruction of the whole, as survivors of a number of gruesome massacres (inspired, of course, by some iconic films) stand for come together to form a support group – except, of course, death isn’t quite over with all of them just yet. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Friday the 13th / Halloween / Scream crossover, this might be the damn team you’ve been dreaming of.
The Last Girl Support Group
“Horrible” by Katrina Leno
Sometimes the best horror is the most understated. This could be the case with Leno’s story of a young girl who leaves California with her mother after the death of her father, to settle in Maine, where things start to go… badly. It’s not just the bullying at school or her mother’s withdrawal into grief; there are also some weird things about the new house they live in – like the locked door that takes them away from a storage room that is definitely not at all. Prepare for a low-key and far too successful creepy.
Horrible by Katrina Leno
“The flesh is tender” by Agustina Bazterrica
Meat, as Morrissey once memorably chuckled, is murder. The connection between the two has rarely been as clear or as disturbing as in the near history of Bazterrica where, after a mysterious virus made animal flesh toxic to humans, the human race made a shocking choice – and turned around. towards cannibalism. To be precise, this turns to corporate-sponsored cannibalism, with humans being packaged like “special meat” through official government-sponsored “transitions”. What does it do to those who work in processing plants? And how afraid should we be that this sort of thing will happen in the future, anyway?
Tender is flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
“The Only Good Indians” by Stephen Graham Jones
Welcome Hall of Fame Entry “Something you did years ago is back to haunt you,” Jones’ acclaimed 2020 novel sees four members of Blackfeet Nation facing the aftermath of a hunting trip that went wrong a decade earlier. At times violent, creepy, and grounded, “The Only Good Indians” compromises between supernatural horror and a more realistic and mundane take on what terrifying can mean, allowing the book to create a unique take on the genre that won’t easily be. forgotten.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Zoje Stage “Wonderland”
Freed from the comparisons of “The Shining,” there’s also a “Midsommar” sentiment in this story of a family escaping the mad rush by moving to the countryside, only to make things fall apart. After years of supporting her family, ballerina Orla hopes the move will allow her husband’s artistic career to take off, but the isolation – and the unnatural nature of nature surrounding their new home. Expect a slowly rising terror and an ancient force seeking to make sure families stay where they’re supposed to. Well, good family members anyway. Think of this as the perfect antidote to pursue that pastoral dream you have.
Wonderland by Zoje Stage
‘Fellside’ by MR Carey
Carey’s “The Girl With All The Gifts” has redefined the zombie genre for many, and “Fellside” gives her the opportunity to do the same for the classic ghost story, thanks to a clever and elaborate set-up involving a prisoner. whose attempts to commit suicide instead allow him to see something that no one else can see, which offers an unlikely chance of redemption. The result is something strange and atmospheric, but also surprisingly emotional.
Fellside by MR Carey
‘The Beautiful House on the Lake Vol. 1 ‘by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno
We’ve all been there: A new friend invites you to a dinner party filled with strangers and passing acquaintances, during which they reveal that the apocalypse is underway and that you are the only humans still alive. Writer’s New Comic Series “Batman” and “Something is Killing the Children” Tynion is surreal, hilarious and deeply moving at the same time, focusing on the small horrors of social dynamics as well as the larger problem. to know everyone in the world just melted down by mysterious, but possibly supernatural means. It’s a dizzying mix, made even more appealing by beautiful works of art by Martínez Bueno and color artist Jordie Bellaire.
The Beautiful House by the Lake Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno