Celebrate the Horror Genre on Goodreads!

Posted by Cybil on October 5, 2020
Horror Week 2020
 
Whether you love the horror genre or just tiptoe into it ahead of Halloween, we have book picks for every level of scared you want to be!



 

 
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What will you be reading for Horror Week?
Let us know in the comments!



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message 1: by Helena (new)

Helena Henriques I don't really know horror stories, the ones I do I can't remember the name of, something to do with a haunted dollhouse.

Ooo! First commenter!


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Omigosh Second person!


message 3: by Sameer (new)

Sameer Shakya I want to read Home Before Dark and Night Shift but my local bookstore didn't have them :(


message 4: by Raceton (new)

Raceton Read Resident evil


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Bella ||everybody wants to rule the world|| wrote: "Skye wrote: "Omigosh Second person!"

skye welcome to the club!!!"


XD


message 6: by Dexter (new)

Dexter Morgenstern I'm on a Lovecraft binge this month! Might even sneak some Machen in there (:


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Jones If you like atmospheric ghost stories, I can recommend The Twisted Tree. It's set in Norway in the dark time and is based on Norse mythology. It's an easy ready, and was really creepy in places. I kept checking the shadows the whole time I was reading it! https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/sho...


message 8: by Dylan (new)

Dylan Doellefeld I don't think I've read any horror books, but I love horror movies, so I'll see what I can do about the books!


message 9: by cris (new)

cris HORROW BOOKS OWN ME I LOVE THEM TOO MUCH


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Anyone ever read took?


message 12: by Δανάη (new)

Δανάη Ιμπραχήμ I'm starting with the Year of the Witching! Don't know if it's horror, but witches are always a good idea during Halloween!


message 13: by Gemma (new)

Gemma Baxter Δανάη wrote: "I'm starting with the Year of the Witching! Don't know if it's horror, but witches are always a good idea during Halloween!"

Am reading that one too - loving the creepy vibes so far!


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Lindsay I just started Horns by Joe Hill, and next up is We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix.


message 15: by Gemma (new)

Gemma Baxter Amanda wrote: "If you like atmospheric ghost stories, I can recommend The Twisted Tree. It's set in Norway in the dark time and is based on Norse mythology. It's an easy ready, and was really creepy in places. I ..."

Hi Amanda, I love that book too! Just finished the sequel, which was just as creepy. Loved the whole circus setting and the jester.


message 16: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Sandoval hola a todos, un libro bueno que hasta el momento me mantiene es "El retrato de Rose Madder", de Stephen King.

¿Alguien lo ha leído?


message 17: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Jones Yes, The Crooked Mask was great too. A perfect start to Halloween :D


message 18: by Emily (new)

Emily Helena wrote: "I don't really know horror stories, the ones I do I can't remember the name of, something to do with a haunted dollhouse.

Ooo! First commenter!"


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... ?


message 19: by Helena (new)

Helena Henriques Emily wrote: "Helena wrote: "I don't really know horror stories, the ones I do I can't remember the name of, something to do with a haunted dollhouse.

Ooo! First commenter!"

https://www.goodreads.com/book/sho..."


That's not it. Thanks tho! It had something to do with this guy who bought this haunted dollhouse and the dolls move and everyone was terrified and I think he gave it away at the end. I barely remember. XD


message 20: by DEHAN (new)

DEHAN কি আর পড়বো রে ভাই ! প্রকৃত ভূতের গল্প যারা লিখতেন তারা সবাই সেই কবে মরে ভূত হয়ে গেছেন ।
এখন যারা লেখেন তারা তো ফরমালিন দেওয়া ভূতের গল্প লেখেন ।
জেনেশুনে হয়তো ভেজাল খেলেও খাওয়া যেতে পারে কিন্তু পড়া কি যায় ?
যায় না । এখন ভূতের গল্প পড়ে আতঙ্কে অস্থির হয়ে যাওয়াটা স্বপ্নের মতো হয়ে গেছে ...... রূপকথা হয়ে গেছে ।


message 21: by Devika (new)

Devika Since when The Troop is a scary book 😂


message 22: by Douglas (new)

Douglas Gibson So far this fall I have read Home Before Dark, Bird Box 2, and Mexican Gothic- reviews coming soon!
I


message 23: by Berna (new)

Berna Labourdette Para los que leen en español acá 15 sugerencias: https://malditaberna.wordpress.com/20...


message 24: by Maddie (new)

Maddie Love Horror Novels!


message 25: by Lea (new)

Lea de Sousa I love the illustrations you've used for this weeks theme! Spooooky


message 26: by Zadok (new)

Zadok Roiger Pilot I will be Pilot..... Pilot


Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Helena wrote: "Emily wrote: "Helena wrote: "I don't really know horror stories, the ones I do I can't remember the name of, something to do with a haunted dollhouse. "

If you want to figure it out, try this group, they're great at getting to the bottom of these mysteries: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


message 28: by Jay (new)

Jay Sameer wrote: "I want to read Home Before Dark and Night Shift but my local bookstore didn't have them :("
Check your local library, they may have ebooks or even audiobooks you can borrow.


message 29: by Lokesh (new)

Lokesh Khatri King of horror books




Goosebumps 😁


message 30: by Lilith (new)

Lilith Best book I've read this year is Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories. I've been recommending it to everyone I know, even folks who are not really horror fans. It's that good.
I found it more atmospheric than pure horror, and YMMV, but the pieces pull from our mythology and folk tales, so that made me love it all the more.


message 31: by Hermione Granger (new)

Hermione Granger I like beebe and the serge


message 32: by TeddyBuddy (new)

TeddyBuddy Great idea!
I love horror...


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

perfect! H.P Lovecraft <3 the master


message 34: by R.D. (last edited Oct 05, 2020 03:31PM) (new)

R.D. Noland Skeletons In The Closetyou could try "Skeletons in the Closet" or " Child under the stairs" by R.D. Noland. take a look.


message 35: by Juliana (new)

Juliana Romano I read a story about a haunted dollhouse too and now it's going to bother me that I can't remember the name

Helena wrote: "I don't really know horror stories, the ones I do I can't remember the name of, something to do with a haunted dollhouse.

Ooo! First commenter!"



Ivana - Diary of Difference I love it every time the spooky theme comes along <3


message 37: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski Dracul by Dacre Stoker Home Before Dark by Riley Sager Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

I highly recommend all 3!


message 38: by Felix (new)

Felix Simcock Raceton wrote: "Read Resident evil"
As in The Umbrella Conspiracy this?


message 39: by Urwa (new)

Urwa i hate horror movies but i decided to give the genre a try by reading Mexican Gothic and The Year of the Witching. LOVED both of them, so if anyone has similar recommendations I would be really thankful!!


message 40: by Randi (new)

Randi Whoa, whoa, so many recommendations -- how can I possibly choose? ;_;


message 41: by Brian (new)

Brian Fagan I'm re-reading Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Hard to beat. Steven King's version of the vampire story is also outstanding - 'Salem's Lot.


message 42: by Joy (new)

Joy I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to read horror, yet I noticed I've marked a few of the listed books as tbr. Gah! I've scared myself!


message 43: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Horror is my favourite genre! I'll be reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones.


message 44: by Philip (new)

Philip Why is H. P. Lovecraft missing from recommendations literally everywhere? Same goes for a lot of the genre "fathers".


message 45: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Davidson Gonna try and Get Dracula finished this October. It’s taken me nearly 4 years to read it. And some Stephen King books.


message 46: by Elisabeth (new)

Elisabeth I do NOT like horror at all.


message 47: by Hugo (new)

Hugo Cukurs If you like zombies, samurais and vikings, Samurais of Fukushima - the battle of the dead is the perfect book to read this Halloween!
You can find the Portuguese and English (Pre-order) version on Amazon! (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08KJJZRLL)

Samurais de Fukushima: A batalha contra os mortos


message 48: by Anindita (new)

Anindita I don't read much horror but I'll definitely recommend "Ghost Teller" Ghost Teller Season 1 (Read it on Webtoons). The scariest thing about this book isn't the ghosts, ghouls, or demons, but the humans.


message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

Wow this is cool


message 50: by Raven (new)

Raven Black When you realize a book you've seen promoted everyplace as "mainstream" and it's considered horror (Bunny: A Novel) While I'm not one, I know several people who consider horror a "lesser" genre so it's nice to see it get its due!


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