Grady Hendrix Recommends Horror Stories by Women



The Auctioneer (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

Joan Samson


A Forgotten Masterpiece: A flinty New England folktale, like Needful Things as written by Cormac McCarthy. One of the proudest moments of my career is the small role I played in helping bring it back into print.

Life Among the Savages

Shirley Jackson

$18.00 $16.56

Dark Domestic Comedy: Shirley Jackson’s family memoir gets ignored because it’s about “girl stuff,” but her pitiless eye and precise turn of phrase yield some of the sharpest observational comedy ever written. I read this over and over while writing Southern Book Club.

The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking Inside Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Ann Rule

$17.99 $16.55

Cold Blooded: Ann Rule signed her first book deal to cover the Co-Ed Murders, not knowing that they were committed by her friend, Ted Bundy. This book contains more tense setpieces than a David Fincher film and launched the true crime genre as we know it.

The House Next Door

Anne Rivers Siddons

$17.99 $16.55

Truly Modern Horror: Utterly renovating the haunted house genre, this book is about yuppies who mix martinis and read People magazine, and whose sleek modern house drags their most secret shames out of hiding—a fate far worse than death.

Through the Woods

Emily Carroll

$17.99 $16.55

Grimm and Graphic: There’s nothing comic about this book. These dark fairy tales throb with repressed emotions and conjure up that primal fear we feel in a darkening wood when we realize we can't find our way home.

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

$26.00 $23.92

Emotionally Explosive: A gothic memoir about an emotionally abusive relationship, with each chapter written in a different prose style. Only the horror genre was versatile enough to accommodate the ambition and range Machado’s voice.