Stephen King makes his very first appearance in this anthology series with "The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates," a little gem probing the roots of human condition with its hopes and delusions, and making the readers meditates upon what awaits us beyond life. Tanith Lee contributes the excellent, atmospheric "Under Fog" about the tragedies taking place on a rocky shore where ships keep wrecking, much to the satisfaction of the avid local inhabitants.
Similarly, a train is involved in "Destination Nihil by Edmund Bertrand" yet another of Mark Samuels' disquieting nightmares, where a man takes a ride, unaware of his own identity and destination. Cowdrey, maybe because, being scarcely acquainted with those authors' previous work, they came as an unexpected, extraordinary surprise. Pinborough's "Our Man in the Sudan" is an extraordinary mix between a spy story and a horror tale.
The superior storytelling, and the subtly unnerving exotic atmosphere make it an unforgettable piece of fiction. Cowdrey's outstanding "The Overseer" is a complex historical novella set during the Civil War, mixing public events and personal dramas in a strong, spicy cocktail of mainstream and supernatural fiction dominated by a mischievous, demanding ghost. As the narrative spirals further, both the characters and the reader come to realize that instead of a life-changing discovery, the explorers may have brought about a death-wracking monster.
After a whirlwind romance, a shy American marries a wealthy Englishman and returns to his estate in Cornwall.
Doctor Robert Neville is the last man left alive. In the daylight, he hits the streets, stocking up on supplies and vanquishing the vampiric creature that lurk in the shadows. But when night falls, he squirrels himself away in his fortress of a home and works desperately on a cure for an epidemic that has ended the human race. You know how some people say that the setting is almost like another character in the story? When a parapsychologist invites a group of volunteers to stay at an old mansion with a bloody mystery, he hopes to uncover evidence of the supernatural. As the tension ratchets up, each of the guests is confronted by inexplicable phenomena.
Listed by Stephen King as one of the best horror books of the 20th century, this is a must-read for any fan of the genre. From the supreme master of shivers-down-your-spine horror comes a tale of Gothic surroundings and even more sinister, yet inscrutable, inner lives.
If you like the other two, why not give this one a chance? As Will and Jim tail the Benjamin Button-ized Cooger, searching for answers, they find that the mysteries of the carnival are even darker than they anticipated — and that that darkness may not be limited to the carnival alone. That is, until their dream home starts to turn into a living nightmare, and they begin to feel that the devil lives only a few doors down. In Hell House , the I am Legend scribe reaches terrifying new heights by expertly combining his flair for suspense with an intuitive eye for horror. Whether any of them make it out alive — without going mad — is another question altogether.
It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills. Part family drama and all horror, it delivers on all fronts. As one of the most put-upon teenage girls in literature, the title character struggles with school bullies, a puritanical mother, and unusual to say the least physical changes.
Want more King? Check out this list of every Stephen King novel , ranked from most popular to least popular. Speaking of debuts that made a splash: with her first published novel, Anne Rice redefined Southern Gothic for a new generation. The titular interview takes place in modern day, as the vampire Louis recounts his story to a cub reporter.
Once a plantation owner in pre-Civil War Louisiana, his life as a creature of the night is marked by his various encounters with Lestat, the vampire responsible for his undeath. Interview with the Vampire went on to be an incredible success, spawning a series of popular novels and a film adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. What do you get when you take a frustrated writer, a creepy old hotel, and a blizzard that locks everyone inside?
Angela Carter is one of the preeminent magical realist writers of the twentieth century, female or male. The Bloody Chamber , a collection of darkly reimagined fairy tales and folktales, takes a distinctly feminist slant with its portrayal of female characters: many of the heroines in these stories save themselves, rather than waiting for a hero on a white horse. Of course, they have to go through some pretty scary stuff first. Horror lovers who also enjoy a bit of Holly Black or Marissa Meyer, this is unquestionably the collection for you.
A group of old men in a quiet town call themselves The Chowder Society. Every so often, they gather to share ghost stories with each other. Hilary Thomas is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. One day, she is attacked by Bruno Frye, the proprietor of a vineyard she recently visited. Later on, she is once again attacked by Bruno but manages to get injure him as he escapes. When she called the cops again, she learns that her assailant was found dead hundreds of miles away.
Not to be confused with the Jim Carrey comedy, this shudder-inducing novel from Koontz follows Carol and Paul, a hopeful couple who welcomes a young, amnesiac foster girl into their home. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. Readers who love a slow build-up and the sensation of being watching will be thrilled. Frank Cauldhame is sick in the head, even by the standards of the horror genre. While cinephiles may recognise his works Candyman and Hellraiser , he first appeared on the horror radar with his short story collection, Books of Blood.
Compulsively blood-curdling, these contemporary stories see regular people sucked into grotesque, disturbing, and often comic scenarios. A brilliant gateway for Barker newbs.
The story that injected clowns straight into the nightmares of an entire generation, the title character is a demonic entity that disguises itself while pursuing its prey. And for the children of Derry, that mostly involves taking the form of Pennywise the Clown. Alternating between two time periods childhood and adulthood , this incredibly thick tome over 1, pages is packed with fascinating tangents that expertly flesh out the sad, traumatized, and occasionally nostalgic natives of this quiet Maine town.
Eighteen years later, the child still haunts her — in some ways more than others. In the s, Harriet and David Lovatt are normal parents with four normal children in England — until Harriet gives birth to their fifth child. Ben is the devil incarnate: he is too strong for his own good, insatiable when it comes to sustenance, and abnormally violent. As he grows up, the family becomes increasingly paralyzed by fear and indecision. Underneath the thrills and agony of The Fifth Child lies a dangerous question about parenthood and the obligations of family.
The basis for the Oscar-winning film, The Silence of the Lambs is the follow-up to Red Dragon , which was the first novel to feature cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In order to do so, the inner workings of a very dark mind are probed, and spine-chilling suspense ensues. The premise is a modern-twist on a classic trope: there is a videotape that warns viewers they will die in one week unless they perform an unspecified act. And, yes, the videotape does keep its promises. This Japanese mystery horror novel was the basis for the film, The Ring , a film which kickstarted the trend of adapting Asian horror for English-speaking markets.
Indeed, the nineties was when international readers really started to pay attention to the chilling work being produced by Japanese genre writers like Suzuki. Trevor McGee avoids his childhood home in North Carolina for a reason. Years ago, when he was only five years old, his father murdered his mother and his younger brother before hanging himself. Nagashima, who is overwhelmed with grief at the loss of his wife. To cope, he begins the process of reincarnating his wife using a small sample of her liver.
Uzumaki is a seinen horror manga series. As the hold of the curse over the town strengthens, its inhabitants begin to fall deeper and deeper into a whirlpool of madness. The peerless Alan Moore put aside V for Vendetta and Watchmen to write this graphic novel, bringing to life the world of Jack the Ripper and his reign of terror in the s. From the grisly theories surrounding the Ripper to the personalities that stood tall during the desperate investigation, Moore spares no gruesome detail as he examines the motivations and identity of the most famous serial killer of all times.
This mammoth page novel follows "The Navidson Record" — a documentary about an apparently haunted house if by "haunted" one actually means "alive".
The Navidson house seems to mutate, changing size and sprouting corridors in a dizzying labyrinths, all while emitting an ominous growl. Skin Folk is a short story collection that includes science fiction, Caribbean folklore, passionate love stories, and downright chilling horror. From the mind of the bestselling author who brought you American Gods and Neverwhere comes a novel of wondrous and chilling imagination.
This dramatic comic book miniseries brings supernatural terror to life: for a town in Alaska, prolonged periods of darkness means that vampires can openly kill and feed upon humans at almost any time. Come closer, indeed. This novel by Sara Gran revolves around a woman named Amanda, who has an ostensibly perfect life.
But one day she realizes that some things are a little off.
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Like the quiet but recurrent tapping in her apartment. And the memo that she sent earlier to her boss that was somehow replaced by a series of insults. Then there are the dreams: those of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth, and a seashore the color of blood.
As this mystery escalates in size and terror, Amanda is forced to confront nothing less than her own self. The Good House was the most beloved home in Sacajawea, Washington… until a young boy died behind its doors. Oskar is a young boy living with his divorced mother in a suburb of Stockholm. Mercilessly bullied by kids at school and increasingly insular, he makes a much-needed connection when Eli, a child of a similar age, moves in next door. Titled after the lyrics of a Morrissey song, this sweet but frightening novel has been adapted twice into film and once as a stage show.
To read one of Octavia E. In Fledgling , Butler demonstrates her mastery of horror once again. On the surface, Shori seems to be a young girl who suffers from severe amnesia. Yet a discovery leads her to the horrifying revelation that she is in fact a year old vampire who has been genetically modified by someone who wants her dead. Now she must decide whether to pursue more answers, even though it might lead her to her own doom. It follows a professor and his daughter who become entrenched in the folklore of Vlad the Impaler, a major inspiration for Dracula.
They soon realize that their connection to Vlad goes far beyond the scholarly. This connection becomes especially critical when their father disappears, and his daughter our narrator must use her knowledge to track him down. Cormac McCarthy is no slouch when it comes to publishing gripping tales, and The Road is one of his most haunting books. Spurning an equally well-received film adaptation, the story follows a father and son as they make their way through barren, post-apocalyptic America. As Detective Harry Hole delves further and further into the investigation, he starts to believe that the murderer may be someone he knows… but who can say for certain when so much of the evidence has melted away?
Naturally he jumps at the chance to acquire the suit of a dead man with his ghost still allegedly attached. But when it arrives in a heart-shaped box, Coyne realizes that this addition to his collection is less of a novelty than liability. Del Pierce has been possessed by a demon with a penchant for deadly mischief. Desperate to rid himself of the demon, Del turns to three sources: a likewise possessed former sci-fi writer, a nun who tends to inspire unchaste feelings rather than an inclination to pray, and a secret society devoted to the art of exorcism.
Can he find the cure to the plague of demonic possessions hitting society? And if so — at what cost? Meet Kline, a former detective with an amputated hand. She bequeaths her London apartment to them, on one condition: that Julia and Valentina live in the flat for a year — alone — before selling it. Easy, right? And yet Julia and Valentina are visited by a host of unnerving characters while there… including their aunt, who may not be entirely gone after all.
Four generations of Silver women have lived in the big house in isolated Dover, England. The house has witnessed a lot of history — much of which has been tragic or outright horrific — and seems to cope by working mischief. Check it out for a modern take on Gothic horror. The widespread and severe poverty created by the Great Depression has carried thousands of people to the American railroad system, desperately looking for work.
Shivers pay for the brutal murder of his daughter. And not only will they have to get to the bottom of it if they want to survive, they also have to do it in complete and utter darkness. The Rising: the moment when the world froze in horror and watched as the dead came back to life, driven by genetically engineered viruses. The infected move with only one motivation in mind: to feed. More than a zombie horror novel, this blockbuster work transcends the form to ask serious questions of politics, power, and the right to information. A governmental experiment to develop an immunity-boosting drug based on a South American bat goes horribly wrong when it leads to the creation of a highly contagious virus that turns people into vampire-like beings — beings that are always on the hunt for fresh blood.
At the centre of it all is Amy, a young girl abandoned in a terrifying world, and the key to saving humanity. But as Frank knows, history is not easily forgotten — and under the small-town charm and southern hospitality lurks an unspoken presence that has been waiting for a debt of blood to be paid.