Meet the Rising Stars of Horror

Posted by Hayley on September 30, 2019
Celebrating Horror 2019


If you want a real scare, set aside your beloved horror classics—you know what darkness lurks within their pages, what chilling plot twists await. Aren't you ready for a different breed of monster? A truly unknown sense of dread? Then perhaps it's time to update your Want to Read shelf with the newest voices of the genre!

To help you get started on your spooky reading journey, we rounded up the breakout stars of horror. From Christina Henry's dark, disturbing retellings of children's stories to Victor LaValle's occult epic, The Ballad of Black Tom, these are gripping tales of fear and foreboding for the modern era.

For this list, we focused on authors who have recently published at least two popular horror books. Browse the titles below and find something new to tingle your spine.


Grady Hendrix
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Victor LaValle
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Christina Henry
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Michael Rutger
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Darcy Coates
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Iain Reid
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Dot Hutchison
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Samantha Hunt
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Ezekiel Boone
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Comments Showing 1-50 of 67 (67 new)


message 1: by Clyde (new)

Clyde Davis You should read Blackwood: A Gotheim Tale

It's a perfect, quick novella to get you in the mood for horror month...


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying.


message 3: by Michelle (new)

Michelle The Hatching trilogy is excellent


message 4: by Jannik (last edited Sep 30, 2019 04:16AM) (new)

Jannik Darcy Coates is excellent! Great sense of atmosphere, The Carrow Haunt is another good title of hers.


message 5: by Mariana (new)

Mariana I absolutely adored The Hatching! I'm excited to finish the trilogy soon.


message 6: by Austin (new)

Austin Durling Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying."

Agreed. The Troop was excellent. Also really enjoying Little Heaven.


message 7: by Janet (new)

Janet Martin Thanks for this list--I'm already a fan of several of these writers, and looking for books by the several others I haven't read. Christina Henry's newest, The Girl in Red, belongs on her list for sure. I'm breathlessly awaiting something new from Ezekiel Boone. Another of my faves is Cherie Priest, although she's been writing for a while and probably now longer fits a definition of a "rising star"--her The Family Plot is one of the best ghost stories ever, and this year's The Toll, is pretty darn good, too.


message 8: by Marc (new)

Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* I am so happy to see Grady Hendrix at the top of this list. He is my newest favorite author.


message 9: by Scott (new)

Scott I can't help but notice how generic the covers look on most of these.


message 10: by Vala (new)

Vala I absolutely love Grady Hendrix, he's my newest favorite author. We sold our souls was one of the best books I read last year.


message 11: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Grady Hendrix helped curate a list for NPR a year or two ago. It's quite a bit more comprehensive and includes some of the same suggestions, and includes some of the important ones missing from this list. https://www.npr.org/2018/08/16/632779...


message 12: by Pam (new)

Pam Carmichael Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying."

I so agree Sarah!!


message 13: by Jeff (new)

Jeff The Hunger My vote for best of 2018, should be included on any recent horror list.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* GReat list. I'm about to read My Best Friend's Exorcism for my book club this month.


message 15: by Marc (new)

Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Jeff wrote: "Grady Hendrix helped curate a list for NPR a year or two ago. It's quite a bit more comprehensive and includes some of the same suggestions, and includes some of the important ones missing from thi..."

I missed that! Thanks for the link, I have it bookmarked for future reading list generation.


message 16: by Ann (new)

Ann L. Jannik wrote: "Darcy Coates is excellent! Great sense of atmosphere, The Carrow Haunt is another good title of hers." I read Craven Manor and LOVED it! I'm going to read more by her too.


message 17: by Scarlet (new)

Scarlet Lockwood&Co series by Jonathan Stroud, quick read and amazing


message 18: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Wong David Moody is a great horror author and does an amazing job at story telling.


message 19: by Leona (new)

Leona Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "GReat list. I'm about to read My Best Friend's Exorcism for my book club this month."

Loved GReat. Very clever.


message 20: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Stotts Where is J.D. Barker with Dracul? That came in #3 in the Goodread's Choice awards for best horror behind King. Everything he write is fantastic.


message 21: by Mickey (new)

Mickey Tompkins Jeff wrote: "Grady Hendrix helped curate a list for NPR a year or two ago. It's quite a bit more comprehensive and includes some of the same suggestions, and includes some of the important ones missing from thi..."

Hell yeah! Thanks for this list


message 22: by Jordaline (new)

Jordaline Vulva I'm sorry... wheres Kealan Patrick Burke?? He's a God of Horror!


message 23: by Aura (new)

Aura Sweet Christina Henry is one of my favorite authors! I completely devoured her Alice duology, as well as The Girl in Red.


message 24: by Cail (new)

Cail Clyde wrote: "You should read Blackwood: A Gotheim Tale

It's a perfect, quick novella to get you in the mood for horror month..."


Who would you compare it to?


message 25: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying."

Agreed.


message 26: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Adam Nevill should definitely be on this list.


message 27: by Liz (new)

Liz Wigglesworth Mark Simmons Of the Night and following books. I couldn't put them down. Gripping, urban, very modern vampire tales.


message 28: by Sara (new)

Sara #spooktastic


message 29: by Daniela (new)

Daniela Brandon Massey could also be on this list, Nana was refreshingly terrifying.


message 30: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying." Totally agree he should appear here, but as far as I know, there are no new Nick Cutter novels out lately.


message 31: by John (new)

John Rich The Evil
That Came To Denham,
Is a horror story written by me and is based on a true story!


message 32: by John (new)

John From Ben Brykczynski has written some great horror short stories as well.


message 33: by Rebekka (new)

Rebekka Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying."

yes


message 34: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Victoria wrote: "Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying." Totally agree he should appear here, but as far as I know..."

Very true, and very sad. I check his website all the time to see if anything new is coming out anytime soon. My thought was that since Samantha Hunt is also on this list and her last book came out in 2017 and so did Cutter's, maybe he would qualify too!


message 35: by Curtis (new)

Curtis Iain Ried is amazing, feels closer to David Lynch than a normal horror. Although I can't imagine how The Hatching books got in here, they make Sharknado look like a thoughtful horror series.


message 36: by TMR (new)

TMR Christina Henry has a similar style to all those fairytales you’d often read about but then she gives it an excellent touch of horror and you’ve got a new story, addicted to.


message 37: by Seth Isenberg (new)

Seth Isenberg Grady Hendrix - best horror writer around.


message 38: by Rebecka O'Malley (new)

Rebecka O'Malley I absolutely recommend Darcy Coates. I've read many of her books now, and I never get tired of them.


message 39: by Anne (new)

Anne Boleyn Ambrose Ibsen will have you looking over your shoulder to make sure there is nothing trying to sneak up on you. He has been my go to author for 2 years now, and it doesn't seem like he is stopping anytime soon.


message 40: by G (new)

G I guess Paul Tremblay is not a rising star anymore :)


message 41: by Ráyn (new)

Ráyn Sarah wrote: "I really think Nick Cutter should be on this list. All of his books are haunting, original, and terrifying."

I so agree. The Deep and The Troop for me was a truly disturbing and horrifying read.


message 42: by Jim (new)

Jim huh... i don't consider Henry, Hunt, or LaValle to be horror... great authors, but not horror... Hendrix gets more raves for his cozy pop culture nostalgia than his horror...


message 43: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette The taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor. Has shades of pet semetary, but scarier


message 44: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I'd like to add Ania Ahlborn. She worked super hard to self-publish her latest novel If You See Her, and like all of her books, it's awesome.


message 45: by Kerry (new)

Kerry The Collector series by Dot Hutchison was amazing! It's been a long time since I read an exceptional book series!


message 46: by Dane (last edited Oct 03, 2019 04:37AM) (new)

Dane Barrett If people want a bit of interactivity in their horror, they should check out Nightshift by Victoria Hancox.


message 47: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  H I love Grady Hendrix on panels and interviews. He's probably one of my favorite speakers. My Best Friend's Exorcism was alright though. A bit more heavy on the pop culture references. Any recommendations on his other work?


message 48: by Ben (last edited Oct 03, 2019 05:46AM) (new)

Ben Marshalsea Scott wrote: "I can't help but notice how generic the covers look on most of these."

I looked up Brian Lumley's Brian Lumley Necroscope
yesterday, thinking about getting the Audiobook to reread, the new covers are awful. The original British are brilliant. They don't appear to be on here tho or I'd have linked them.

They don't judge a book by a cover, but it really can kick a books chances in. Some of these are atrocious.

Christina Hendry covers are great tho.


message 49: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Ill be sure to check out some of these titles! But right now I am reading usher's passing by Robert Mccamon


message 50: by Abbey (new)

Abbey I really loved the Anomaly, highly recommended


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