Countdown to Halloween: Horror To Keep You Up At Night

Phototastic-30_09_2018_618af86c-d3ff-4ccc-9475-d24377c03114It’s almost Halloween! Ok, it’s a few weeks from Halloween, but who’s counting. Me!

I recently read an article on that linked to NPR Books who had asked readers to nominate their favourite horror tales. A panel of judges then selected the 100 most terrifying. Of course the list is subjective – but who doesn’t enjoy looking through ‘Top 100’ lists to see how many they agree with or just want to be inspired to read?

I’ve gone through the list to pick out what I’ve already read and any I really want to add to my Horror TBR. I hope you feel inspired to pick up a few if you want something to read on the run up to Halloween. And let’s just say that I’ve read more horror than I’d thought…

I’m using the headings as mentioned in the NPR list to split the books by type.

~ Blood Roots: Foundational Horror ~


  • Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Horror TBR:

  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

~ Zombies and Vampires and Werewolves: Oh My ~


  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

~ The Fear In Our Stars: Cosmic Horror and Weird Fiction ~


  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft
  • At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

Horror TBR:

  • The Ballard of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  • All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts by Sonya Taaffe
  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito
  • The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

~ Horrible Homes: Ghosts and Hauntings ~


  • The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

Horror TBR:

  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Bone Key by Sarah Monette

~ Final Girls: Horror By And About Women ~


  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

~ Horribly Ever After: Fantasy and Fairy Tale Horror ~


  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Goblin Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Horror TBR:

  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

~ Hell Is Other People: Real World Horrors ~


Horror TBR:

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

~ Short And Sharp: Story Anthologies ~

Horror TBR:

  • Books of Blood by Clive Barker
  • The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vandermeer
  • Things We Lost In the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

~ The Kids Aren’t Alright: Creepy Kids ~

Horror TBR:

  • Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin


Let me know in the comments if your favourite horror wasn’t listed. Or if you want me to review any of the ones I’ve already read. Or any recommendations you have for terrifying reads.

A few on my shelf

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