Check It Out Category: Horror

Horror For Those Who Don’t Scare Easily

horror for those who don't scare easily

Need something a little extra spooky this season to scare your socks off? You are not alone! Some of us need more truly nightmarish tales to really send us running and screaming off into the woods. With these titles you might run into cannibals, a serial killer, a clown, or other dark scenes…

Off Season book cover

 

Off Season by Jack Ketchum

Five friends from New York City escape to the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River for some rest and relaxation, only to be terrorized by a cannibalistic family with an unquenchable hunger for human flesh.

 

 

Ring by Koji SuzukiRing book cover

Journalist Kazayuki Asakawa’s investigation into the sudden deaths of four teenagers from heart failure leads to an isolated cabin containing a videotape warning of death in seven days unless certain, now missing, instructions are not followed.

 

 

Carrion Comfort book cover

 

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

Three elderly friends with the power feed off emotions generated during murders meet every year to discuss their game–an ongoing competition of mass murder and vampirism.

 

 

 

The Between book cover

The Between by Tananarive Due

The effect on an a black family of racist death threats. They are sent to the mother, a judge in Miami, but it is the husband who is most affected. Already unstable because of a near-drowning in childhood, the threats provoke in him nightmares and anger which he takes out on his family.

 

 

 

The Handyman book coverThe Handyman by Bentley Little

Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood and acted as if he didn’t know how to respond in a human manner. Young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy, but eventually learned the terrifying truth about Frank. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of THEM out there…

 

 

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul TremblayThe Cabin at the End of the World book cover

A family vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake faces a home invasion by four strangers carrying menacing but unidentifiable objects who claim to be acting to save the world.

 

 

 

The Troop book cover

The Troop by Nick Cutter

During a camping trip, on an uninhabited island off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Tim and his boy scout troop encounter an unexpected intruder whose bioengineered body spreads horror faster than fear.

New In Creepy Books

new in creepy books

Just in time for pumpkin spice and spine-chilling season: seriously creepy and disturbing books! Heed the warnings why these titles might really creep you out, tempt you to read them, or spur an itching to run to the hills. If you end up doing the latter though, beware of what goes bump in the night….

 

The Only Good Indians book coverThe Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

An entity bent on revenge after a forbidden elk hunt

 

Wonderland by Zoje StageWonderland book cover

Moving to a rural farmhouse in far upstate New York, Orla, a retired dancer, must protect her family from an unknown entity that is calling to them from the land, in the earth, beneath the trees — and in their minds.

Another unknown entity wanting to trap this family in a rural farmhouse

 

 

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires book cover

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

A new, disturbing kind of vampire…and community

 

 

 

Lakewood book cover

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Forced to drop out of school to help support her family, Lena takes a lucrative job as a secret laboratory subject before devastating side effects make her question how much she can sacrifice.

Terrifying human experimentation

 

 

The Twisted Ones book coverThe Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods.

Strange found journal, horrific creatures

What Mount Prospect Is Reading

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Mount Prospect, you’ve been reading, and we’ve been talking! Every week we have been extending an open invitation for readers to gather and share the books keeping them company in these odd times. We’ve chatted romance, dark fantasy, nonfiction, mysteries, feel-good, horror, and elegant prose. Check out the titles brought by our attendees, and please consider joining us for this week’s conversation: Let’s Talk Books!

Stay Sweet book coverStay Sweet
Siobhan Vivian
Age of Witches book coverThe Age of Witches
Louisa Morgan

 

Mockingbirds book coverThe Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney
Dutch House book coverThe Dutch House
Ann Patchett

 

Tenant book coverThe Tenant
Katrine Engberg
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Wow, No Thank You book coverWow, No Thank You
Samantha Irby

 

Beautiful Ones book coverThe Beautiful Ones
Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

Monster of Elendhaven book coverThe Monster of Elendhaven
Jennifer Giesbrecht
Foul Is Fair book coverFoul Is Fair
Hannah Capin

 

Honey-Don't List book coverThe Honey-Don’t List
Christina Lauren
Year of the Witching book coverThe Year of the Witching
Alexis Henderson

 

Mornings with Rosemary book coverMornings with Rosemary
(also published as The Lido)
Libby Page
Vanishing Half book coverThe Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett
All Adults Here book coverAll Adults Here
Emma Straub

 

Books: Timely Horror

As the leaves fall and the air chills, All Hallows’ Eve brings with it a turn toward the sinister and dark. For those looking for a spine-tingling, hair-raising accompaniment to your Halloween weekend, look no further than these recent tales…

if you dare.

The Devil Crept In book coverThe Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are aware that after the first 48 hours the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. Despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for his cousin and best friend. And there was that boy, Max Larsen…found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. The awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

Strange Weather book coverStrange Weather by Joe Hill

A collection of four short, chilling novels.”Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories. In “rain” a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado erupts with a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. In “Aloft” s young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump. . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud. In “Loaded,” a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting, but under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel.

Universale Harvester book coverUniversal Harvester by John Darnielle

Jeremy works at the Video Hut. It’s good enough for Jeremy: it’s a job, and it gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad and where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck. But when a local schoolteacher comes in to return a tape, she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on it.” Two days later, a different customer returns a tape and says “There’s another movie on this tape.” Jeremy brings the movies home to take a look. The middle of each movie is replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd and sometimes violent, dark, and deeply disquieting and have been shot just outside of town.

Sleeping BeautiesSleeping Beauties book cover by Stephen King and Owen King

In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.

The Dark Net book coverThe Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew, including a twelve-year-old who has been fitted with a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness; a technophobic journalist; a one-time child evangelist with an arsenal in his basement; and a hacker who believes himself a soldier of the Internet. Set in present-day Portland, this is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in.

Fiction: The Fireman by Joe Hill

The fireman book coverWhile it might be tough to get this consuming book done in only 11 days, if you have a long commute or are up for the challenge try the latest Joe Hill book, The Fireman. An infection has started to overwhelm the human population and people are starting to burst into flames. The exact cause, while guessed at, is not known for sure. No one appears to be truly safe in this world, including Harper Willowes, who we learn pretty early on is pregnant.  Read by Kate Mulgrew, who is known for her role as Red on Orange is the New Black, the audiobook is particularly absorbing.