If you count yourself a fan of the movie Get Out, we have just the book for you! Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff offers a similar mash-up of horror, suspense, and social commentary that results in fantastic entertainment. It begins when the car of Korean War vet Atticus Turner breaks down, and finding help via the the Safe Negro Travel Guide stirs up additional trouble. From there the characters encounter secret societies, sorcerers, tentacled creatures, cursed dolls, and other worlds. As scary as these things are, they aren’t nearly as chilling as the racism of 1950s Jim Crow America, so prepare yourself for what’s to come.
Equally appealing to those who enjoy the thought-provoking, the weird, the page-turning, or the subversive, this is one homage that you’ll have to experience for yourself.
MPPL has a Goodreads discussion group! Whether you’d like to join in on the conversation or just observe, you can hear about what books other participants are reading for the summer. As a result you may find books you might want to read too, such as Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. This horror book was shared by a member of the group and may be a great reading choice for you if you are a fan of….
…strange VHS tapes, mysterious narrators, creepy stories, foreboding settings, and nods to urban legends.
Horror books don’t only have to be eerie, they can be funny too! Books shown below take familiar horror story premises and add a little laugh to the boo.
by Michael Logan
It starts with one cow that won’t die… and spreads… and spreads… until the world has a problem they never imagined they would have to deal with: zombie animals.
by Julie Kenner
Between taking care of her kids and supporting her husband’s political career, Kate doesn’t have time to hunt demons too, but there’s only one woman for the job and that’s her!
Gil’s All Fright Diner
by A. Lee Martinez
Duke, a werewolf, and Earl, a vampire, stop at diner and are enlisted to help the owner’s zombie problem, however, zombies aren’t the only problems the owner has.
John Dies at the End
by David Wong
A concoction called Soy Sauce opens a can of worms, but thanks to David’s and John’s video game knowledge they may have a chance of protecting their loved ones.
Paul is Undead
by Alan Goldsher
The Beatles are gearing up to take over the world like no other rock stars have ever done before!
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste
by various authors
All-star authors such as Jim Butcher and Kelley Armstrong unite to bring forth a collection of some hilarious good short horror stories.
If you’re looking for campy horror with just enough spook to keep you on your toes but humor to break the tension, make Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism your next read. Set in small town America during the 1980s, Abby and Gretchen have been long-time best friends. Now they are in high school and Gretchen is suddenly acting strangely mean. Is it just growing up, or is she possibly possessed by a demon? Abby is on a mission to find out.
Like the hit Netflix original Stranger Things, the novel has strong elements of loyal friendship, an abundance of 1980s pop culture, and a slow build up resulting in an action packed final scene.