Shirley Jackson$17.00 $15.81
Here's a great place to start if you want to experience the genius (and horror) of Shirley Jackson. She's also a major source of inspiration for a lot of my favorite authors writing today. Shirley's wit and blunt prose will lull you into a false sense of security until the real horror hits. Some people say this is still the scariest book they've ever read. It's definitely up there.
Jeff VanderMeer$16.00 $14.88
How about some eco-futuristic horror? Yeah? A science expedition gone wrong? Sounds great. Creepy creature in an upside-down tower? Yes please. Sounds scary right? Well, it is.
Alma Katsu$18.00 $16.74
Everyone loves a good dead-pan Donner Party joke, but you won't be laughing after reading this take on the infamous cannibalism tale.
Mira Grant$10.99 $10.22
Another interesting, unique take on the zombie apocalypse trope. If you liked World War Z, you'll probably like this book too—just add in a little conspiracy and you have "Feed"
Mary Shelley$11.00 $10.23
classic classic classic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia$28.99 $26.96
"Mexican Gothic is a deceptive one. It starts out seeming like it’s going to be something like Crimson Peak. In the back half though it dives into full cosmic and body horror, and becomes super unnerving and hard to put down!"--Mark S. horror-reader extrodinaire.
M. R. Carey$19.99 $18.59
Not your typical zombie story--the concept is clever and the story will eat at your heart (pun intended). And the movie actually wasn't that bad. But, as always, the book is better.
Mark Z. Danielewski$29.00 $26.97
If Infinite Jest were weirder and more horrifying. "A great novel. A phenomenal debut. Thrillingly alive, sublimely creepy, distressingly scary, breathtakingly intelligent--it renders most other fiction meaningless. One can imagine Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, Stephen King, and David Foster Wallace bowing at Danielewski's feet, choking with astonishment, surprise, laughter, awe." --Bret Easton Ellis
Helen Oyeyemi$17.00 $15.81
My Spooky Ladies Book Club is reading this one next. "If you've been missing Shirley Jackson all these many years . . . here's a writer who seems to be a direct heir to that lamented one's gothic throne." --The Austin Chronicle
Matt Ruff$16.99 $15.80
An imaginative use of Lovecraftian horror but the twist is that the real monster is Jim Crow racism. A horror/sci-fi novel on white supremacy that honestly is not too far off from our real-life horror story happening in our own world. Soon to be an HBO series. Update: the show is reeeeally good too.
Elwin Cotman$17.00 $15.81
This collection of stories is starting to get some major buzz among speculative fiction fans. The sci-fi and horror genres tend to cross-over and blend with each other 90% of the time, I find. This book is a great example of that blending. It also just received a great review in the NYT: https://nyti.ms/2QuDq3a
Kathe Koja$17.95 $16.69
A new addition on a new classic. Comes out September 15th with a new afterward by Maryse Meijer. "The Cipher" is an experimental horror novel written by Kathe Koja during a time when horror novels were becoming increasingly misogynistic and a real "boys club." Koja's extremely weird and creepy tale placed a new stake in the ground of the horror genre and was awarded the Bram Stoker award for her imaginative story.
Junji Ito$35.00 $32.55
This is a horror manga collected into one omnibus edition. Lynchian creepiness and Jacksonian in its paranoia--this story will give you some chills.
Susan Hill$16.00 $14.88
Do we consider this a "classic" novel in the style of gothic horror? It's not exactly "new" either....I'm going to go ahead and call it a new classic.
T. Kingfisher$17.99 $16.73
The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show "Stories within stories within stories: It's a conceit that could easily turn into a mess in lesser hands. But Kingfisher pulls off her complicated construction with both ease and charm. There's a wry, Southern-droll sense of humor underpinning The Twisted Ones, especially as Mouse—a book editor by trade—begins to deconstruct Cotgrave's text. It all unspools on the page, and it's a testament to Kingfisher's skill that an entire two chapters of literary examination and annotation are enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Kingfisher's literary juggling act is more than just a show of effortless virtuosity."--Jason Heller, NPR
Ray Bradbury$17.99 $16.73
An impressive blend of horror and fantasy. Definitely a classic.