Be Afraid: It's Horror Week on Goodreads!

Posted by Cybil on September 30, 2019
Celebrating Horror 2019


We hope you aren't easily frightened...because these reading recommendations will haunt you long after you've read the last page. So, what are you waiting for? Won't you join us in our celebration of horror's latest and greatest?

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Lovecraft's Twisted Legacy
Author Victor LaValle on Lovecraft's reach.
Graphically Great Horror
Monstress' Marjorie Liu on her faves.

New (and Upcoming) Terror
Creepy kids, spooky woods, nightmarish house guests: A list for sleepless nights.

Top 50 Horror Novels
From Mary Shelly to Shirley Jackson.
The Nightmare Generator
What will haunt your dreams?




What will you be reading for Horror Week?

Let us know in the comments!


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message 1: by J. (new)

J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky


message 2: by Tanya (new)

Tanya I have four books going right now, but the spooky ones are "Japanese Ghost Stories" by Lafcadio Hearn, and "Imaginary Friend" by Stephen Chbosky.


Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer) Getting ready to start Stephen King's The Institute


message 4: by curleduptoes (new)

curleduptoes Jelena wrote: "Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky"


I completely agree! Some lovely horror it has.


message 5: by curleduptoes (new)

curleduptoes If anyone like's children's horror and fantasy, do try
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. You can read the review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Its spooky and clever.


message 6: by Clyde (new)

Clyde Davis If you like dark woods, witches and the maledictions of a terrible past, you should read Blackwood: A Gotheim Tale

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


message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Jelena wrote: "Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky"


I just put this one on hold at my library. It looks like it might be good.


message 8: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Jelena wrote: "Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky"


I LOVE Dracul. It thought it was better than Dracula.


message 9: by Luiz Fernando (new)

Luiz Fernando I'm planning to read some Stephen King this October.


message 10: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I'm re-reading IT by Stephen King


message 11: by Tulelei (new)

Tulelei Leatuafi I'm going to read The Invited by Jennifer McMahon


message 12: by Sam (new)

Sam I don't even own horror books :D


message 13: by Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition (last edited Sep 30, 2019 03:54AM) (new)

Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition Started listening to the Audible version of The Institute by Stephen King very good, so far. King has been hit or miss with me lately, I much prefer his old stuff.
Also reading An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris.
October 1st, I start We Live Inside Your Eyes by Kealan Patrick Burke - extra creepy!


message 14: by Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition (last edited Sep 30, 2019 03:57AM) (new)

Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition Jelena wrote: "Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky"


Dracul by Dacre Stoker is the best!! Dracul by Dacre Stoker


message 15: by Ptaylor (new)

Ptaylor I read The Turn of the Key, thinking it might be an update of The Turn of the Screw. It wasn't. It was supposed to be suspenseful, but it wasn't. It was disappointing. I had some of it figured out and wasn't surprised at the big reveal. I think the scariest book I've read in the last few years is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.


message 16: by Mario (new)

Mario Barrette The Case against Satan, Ray Russel


message 17: by Ziggy (new)

Ziggy Nixon I'm focusing on books by both Hunter Shea (just read 'The Montauk Monster' and it was awesome) and Scott Sigler offers! Kind of wish I hadn't read the latter's 'Infection' trilogy in February as those books still haunt my nightmares!


message 18: by Karen (new)

Karen Listening to Dan Simmons' The Terror on audiobook. So good!


message 19: by Keith (new)

Keith CARTER Please, this Halloween read Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House. It must be one of the best out there!


message 20: by Vincent (new)

Vincent Nguyen I am just getting started on the book title "We are all completely fine" by Daryl Gregory. It is a semi superhero, zombie horror, and supernatural thriller book.


message 21: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Jelena wrote: "Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky"


Loved that one!


message 22: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Tulelei wrote: "I'm going to read The Invited by Jennifer McMahon"

Really enjoyed that one! Hope you like it. :o)


message 23: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Ptaylor wrote: "I read The Turn of the Key, thinking it might be an update of The Turn of the Screw. It wasn't. It was supposed to be suspenseful, but it wasn't. It was disappointing. I had some of it figured out ..."

Interesting... your take on We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I enjoyed the story but didn't think it was scary in the least. That's what I love about books. Everybody has a different perspective. :o)


message 24: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Ziggy wrote: "I'm focusing on books by both Hunter Shea (just read 'The Montauk Monster' and it was awesome) and Scott Sigler offers! Kind of wish I hadn't read the latter's 'Infection' trilogy in February as th..."

Loved Montauk Monster! Sigler's trilogy is on my list but haven't gotten around to it yet. Might have to move that one up sooner. ;o)


message 25: by Marie (new)

Marie Horror books are my main genre so that is mostly what I read all year long, but for October I am doing my own personal challenge of reading horror books that are about Halloween. So I got a few lined up to read. But I will also be reading some other horror books mixed in with the Halloween ones. So this last weekend I kicked it off with this one, though it is not about Halloween, it is about a ghost and so far it is spooky! :)

Sick House by Jeff Strand


message 26: by Mario (new)

Mario Barrette I'm mostly into horror as well. I'm planning on doing an all-ghost story challenge for next year.


message 27: by jessica (new)

jessica grasso Hopefully I'll get to read The Outsider by S. King!


message 28: by Dan's (last edited Sep 30, 2019 06:14AM) (new)

Dan's I am reading through 'Annihilation' by VanderMeer

the first book, of a trilogy, and I am awed

A mix of lovecraftian elements, employed with maestry of bits and pieces of exobiology & dystopian-medical (less in the mid so far, but they are still there) innuendos, that make this work stand out from anything ive tries so far!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~ I actually attempted to read some Lovecraft recently and was so bored I couldn't finish it.


message 30: by Hilde (last edited Sep 30, 2019 06:36AM) (new)

Hilde Helseth I have 2 ghost stories lined up, The House on Cold Hill by Peter James and The White Devil by Justin Evans.

I saw the Peter James book in a news mail from World of Books, I got The White Devil from eBay at least 5 years ago based on the cover only.

I have 7 more days before the 1st library book is to be delivered, but it is easy reading, so I can read these 2 first, both are large print too.


message 31: by Tobin (new)

Tobin Elliott Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer) wrote: "Getting ready to start Stephen King's The Institute"

Which is a decent book, but it's SO not horror.


message 32: by Tobin (new)

Tobin Elliott Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~ wrote: "I actually attempted to read some Lovecraft recently and was so bored I couldn't finish it."

Lovecraft is a great idea man. His concepts and ideas are phenomenal...but yeah, his writing leaves a lot to be desired. I think he was honestly terrified of writing dialogue, because the rare times he did use it, he usually had the speaker using such heavy patois that it made it quite difficult to read.

And the rest is just thick, heavy paragraphs of description.


message 33: by Luiz Fernando (new)

Luiz Fernando Keith wrote: "Please, this Halloween read Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House. It must be one of the best out there!"

This book has been on my shelf for a long time, alongside with The lottery and Other Stories. I've read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and loved it, so I might read the other two this Halloween.


message 34: by Amy (new)

Amy Keith wrote: "Please, this Halloween read Shirley Jacksons The Haunting of Hill House. It must be one of the best out there!"

Karen wrote: "Listening to Dan Simmons' The Terror on audiobook. So good!"

Keith, I agree with you. My all time classic scary story is "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson. She also wrote "We have always lived in the Castle" which I also loved.
Looking forward to reading Dracul?


message 35: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Currently reading Stephen King's Desperation. So far this has been a really awesome start, lots of creepy action from the first 20 pages!


message 36: by Bark (last edited Sep 30, 2019 07:36AM) (new)

Bark I read horror all year long but this week I'll be reading Sawkill Girls & Here There Are Monsters. Thank you for celebrating the horror genre, Goodreads!


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Currently reading short stories "Bazaar of Bad Dreams" by Stephen King. Some are really creepy


message 38: by Ayacchi (new)

Ayacchi I don't know if Coraline graphic novel is counted as horror or not, but suddenly I want to read it. Also Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson


message 39: by Richard S (new)

Richard S I will be reading more Robert Aickman. His story "The Cicerones" is the most terrifying story ever written, even more than "The Willows".


message 40: by Julie (new)

Julie Ptaylor wrote: "I read The Turn of the Key, thinking it might be an update of The Turn of the Screw. It wasn't. It was supposed to be suspenseful, but it wasn't. It was disappointing. I had some of it figured out ..."
I think a couple of the twists were so obvious we were supposed to get them.


message 41: by BookLuva28 (new)

BookLuva28 I know he is not the best in the horror genre, but I thought a classic young adult anthology like R.L. Stine's Summer Horror (Fear Street Collector's Edition, #6) by R.L. Stine would be fun to read during an October vacation. Then I am debating on The Living Evil or Isobel.


message 42: by Daniel (last edited Sep 30, 2019 08:01AM) (new)

Daniel Hale Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories, by Poppy Z. Brite. Genuinely disturbing horror fiction.


message 43: by Craig (new)

Craig Currently reading King's The Institute. And Eat the Dark, by Joe Schreiber.


message 44: by Lynette (last edited Sep 30, 2019 08:52AM) (new)

Lynette Caulkins My Halloween pull for this year:
Rebecca
The Turn of the Screw
The Black Witch
Not so much deep horror this year as classic Gothic and magic-based fantasy.


message 45: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Jones Hex by
Olde Heuvelt, Thomas ... best horror story i've ever read.


message 46: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Jones The Fisherman
by John Langan
want to read


message 47: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski Jelena wrote: "Dracul
This one is sooo spooooky"

Glad to know that. I have it on hold at my local library.


message 48: by Gene (last edited Sep 30, 2019 09:36AM) (new)

Gene Borowski Ptaylor wrote: "I read The Turn of the Key, thinking it might be an update of The Turn of the Screw. It wasn't. It was supposed to be suspenseful, but it wasn't. It was disappointing. I had some of it figured out ..."

I just finished up The Turn of the Key and for the most part I agree with your take on the book. TBH, while reading it I kept thinking this was one of the better books I've read all year, but the ending really left a lot to be desired and kind of spoiled things.


message 49: by Ern (new)

Ern Hg I'll be continuing to read the third book in the Asylum Series, Catacomb.


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