Crowdsourced in Carrollton: Horror Favorites

By Underground Books

By Underground Books

We asked our horror readers to recommend their favorites, and here's what they picked!

Harvest Home

Thomas Tryon

$18.99 $17.47

Recommended by Joyce McArthur: "I couldn't get those images out of my head for years and years."

The Other

Thomas Tryon

$16.95 $15.59

Recommended by Lee Laney one of his "Most upsetting Top Three" horror books: "A stone cold masterpiece. One of very few books to ever make me out it down and walk around wringing my hands. Awful, just awful...in the best possible way."

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Lee Laney as one of his "Most upsetting Top Three" horror books.

The Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris

$8.99 $8.27

Recommended by Lee Laney as one of his "Most upsetting Top Three" horror books.

Red Dragon

Thomas Harris

$9.99 $9.19

Recommended by Janice Clark Barrow

The Exorcist

William Peter Blatty

$16.99 $15.63

Recommended by Gilbert Lanny Huey

It

Stephen King

$19.99 $18.39

Recommended by Jeffrey A. Thomas

'salem's Lot

Stephen King

$8.99 $8.27

Recommended by Jeffrey A. Thomas and by Lucas Chance

My Best Friend's Exorcism

Grady Hendrix

$14.99 $13.79

Recommended by April Butler: "You know those few books that you can’t get out of your head after you read them because they are so fun? This is one of those. It reads like a 1980s teen horror movie, but one with some humor and heart (like if John Hughes made a Mean Girls meets The Exorcist film). It’s 1988, and high school sophomores Abby and Gretchen are bffs. After a night out in the woods, Gretchen starts to act strangely. She becomes moody. Things happen around her that are unexplained, and Abby starts to believe Gretchen might be possessed. If you need a book that is a little spooky and a whole lot of fun, read this book."

The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

$8.99 $8.27

Recommended by April Butler

The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes: "The Haunting of Hill House is unlike any haunted house book that I have read. There are no monsters, no gore and no in your face horror. The horror of this book is psychological, with the realization that there is no hope. The house will have its way. Dr. Montague, an occult scholar, arranges for three people to spend a weekend at Hill House as part of an experiment. The house seems to have a malevolent effect on Eleanor and her descent into madness is slow and deliberate, leaving the others helpless to save her. Chilling and disturbing, Hill House is a must read for any horror fan."

Hangsaman

Shirley Jackson

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes

Hell House

Richard Matheson

$17.99 $16.55

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes

Ghost Story

Peter Straub

$17.00 $15.64

Recommended by Lucas Chance

Father of Lies

Brian Evenson

$16.95 $15.59

Recommended by Lucas Chance and by Chris Carroll

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe

Thomas Ligotti

$18.00 $16.56

Recommended by Lucas Chance

Ararat

Christopher Golden

$18.99 $17.47

Recommended by Chris Carroll

The Ruins

Scott Smith

$16.95 $15.59

Recommended by Chris Carroll

Unbury Carol

Josh Malerman

$17.00 $15.64

Recommended by Chris Carroll

The Cabin at the End of the World

Paul Tremblay

$15.99 $14.71

Recommended by Chris Carroll

Of Foster Homes And Flies

Chad Lutzke

$16.99

Recommended by Chris Carroll

Shiloh

Philip Fracassi

$6.95

Recommended by Chris Carroll

We Live Inside Your Eyes

Kealan Patrick Burke

$9.99

Recommended by Chris Carroll

The Fifth Child

Doris Lessing

$14.95 $13.75

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes: "The Fifth Child is disturbing and chilling as it explores how fragile the bonds of family and society can be when forced to deal with something different and unknown."

A Head Full of Ghosts

Paul Tremblay

$16.99 $15.63

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes: "Paul Tremblay brilliantly combines psychological horror, pop culture and just enough red herrings to leave you scared, entertained and guessing until the very end."

The Bad Seed: A Vintage Movie Classic

William March

$14.95 $13.75

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes: "Published in 1954, William March’s insights into the mind of a child psychopath are surprisingly modern. These twists and turns will have you turning pages late into the night."

Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer

$14.00 $12.88

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes: "Creepy, mysterious, and enthralling."

The Shining

Stephen King

$8.99 $8.27

Recommended by bookseller Suzanne Carnes: "This is by far my favorite Stephen King novel."

Imaginary Friend

Stephen Chbosky

$30.00 $27.00

Recommended by bookseller Miranda MacMillan: As a fan of Perks of Being a Wallflower, I was more than excited to read Chbosky's newest novel, Imaginary Friend, and it did not disappoint! The book begins as a slow burn, but when it does take off it does so at breakneck speed. Creepy, unsettling, and otherworldly, this book had me jumping at small noises and looking over my shoulder for days. Whether you're a fan of horror or not, this book guarantees to delight and terrify all who pick it up."

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Carmen Maria Machado

$16.00 $14.72

Recommended by Mary Kay McBrayer: "Carmen Maria Machado is THE creepiest, I want to be her friend so bad, and she’s a wizard with twisting stories that don’t seem feminist into themes that make the reader stare down the barrel of the question, 'What can the patriarchy do for ME?'"

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Deluxe)

Shirley Jackson and Thomas Ott

$17.00 $15.64

Recommended by Mary Kay McBrayer: "This novel probably seems pretty on-the-nose for a horror lover, but I re-read it recently, and I didn’t realize until then, speaking of humor and horror, it’s SO FUNNY. If you like Wednesday Addams and vigilante justice (which I do), this will be a great read for you."

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance

Jeff VanderMeer

$35.00 $31.50

Recommended by Wilson Crawford: "While the Southern Reach Trilogy is more sci fi than outright horror, it will get in your head the further you dive in. There's a mindfuck of a story twist involving an unknown individual calling the protagonist of the second book on a phone in a procedural manner, and strange occurrences happening afterwards. A scary, scratchy (and profane) voice asks Control what's the situation at the Southern Reach -- in the middle of reading this book, I received a prank call from a friend who didn't know anything about the book and decided to try to scare me with a loud scratching voice. I absolutely lost my shit while reading at gallery row and had to flee upon getting that damn phone call. He didn't even know why I was so upset. -- I ran to Underground and asked if it would be ok if I could just chat with Maria to calm my nerves."

Misery

Stephen King

$9.99 $9.19

Recommended by April Butler

City of Ghosts, Volume 1

Victoria Schwab

$7.99 $7.35

Recommended by April Butler

One Second After

William R. Forstchen

$9.99 $9.19

Recommended by Deborah Bell Brady

The Stepford Wives

Ira Levin

$12.99 $11.95

Recommended by Sydney Bollinger: "a perfect creep factor!!"

The Dollhouse Murders

Betty Ren Wright and Leo Nickolls

$8.99 $8.27

Recommended by Sydney Bollinger for the younger folks!