Colonial Horrors: Sleepy Hollow and Beyond by Graeme Davis (editor)What it is: some of the creepiest suspense stories written during the American colonial era.
Featured authors: Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, and H.P. Lovecraft.
Why you should read it: Fans of contemporary horror novels might want to see how the genre began in the United States -- prepare to enter a dark world of witch trials, foreboding woods, and supernatural events.
The Best of Richard Matheson by Richard Matheson; edited by Victor LaValleWhat it is: a collection of 20 short stories by the late horror master Richard Matheson, whose work has influenced everyone from Stephen King to Victor LaValle (who edited this book).
What’s inside: “Duel,” a terrifying story about road rage; “The Funeral,” featuring a funeral director and his very strange client; “The Prisoner,” which takes place on death row; and more.
Reviewers say: “These chilling page-turners still hold up, serving as an excellent starting point for a new generation of readers” (Kirkus Reviews). "
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning by David MoodyWhat it's about: Fifteen people are trapped on the island of Skek (somewhere between the UK and Denmark) for a corporate team-building adventure -- and then an epidemic of mindless violence breaks out.
Is it for you? If you like grim survivalist stories filled with gore, One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning is definitely your bleak and bloody bag.
Series alert: The 4th in the Haters series, the action takes place mostly concurrently with the 1st in the series (Haters).
The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade ThompsonWhat it's about: From birth, Molly Southborne has known she’s different -- for each time she bleeds, an identical “molly” is born to hunt her down and kill her. Though protected by her parent's rules, Molly spends her entire life fearing her blood -- and fighting for her life.
Want a taste? "The rules are simple. If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight. Don't bleed. If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach."
Reviewers say: this chilling novella is “sordid, dark, and coldly logical” (Library Journal).
Devil's Wake: A Novel by Steven Barnes and Tananarive DueWhat it's about: A zombie epidemic is underway and teenaged Kendra -- her family's only survivor -- hears that Devil’s Wake, off the coast of Southern California, offers safety. Kendra and several other teens hope to make it there in one piece, but predatory criminals and roving zombies stand in their way.
You might also like: Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which features not one but two strong female protagonists fighting for survival during a zombie apocalypse.
The Lesser Dead by Christopher BuehlmanWhat it's about: In the summer of 1978, 14-year-old vampire Joey Peacock -- who has lived for decades in relative safety beneath the New York City subway -- finds his life disturbed by a pack of feral child vampires who could endanger the entire vampire community.
Why you might like it: Gritty, disturbing, and darkly humorous, The Lesser Dead provides chills through slow-building suspense and engaging first-person narration.
You might also like: Chase Novak's Brood, which also features undead teenagers in Manhattan.
Feedback: A Newsflesh Novel by Mira GrantWhat it's about: Twenty years after the start of an ongoing zombie uprising, a famous brother-sister blogging pair, the Masons, and several other online reporters uncover corruption and conspiracies during the 2040 U.S. presidential campaign.
Why you might like it: While set in the future, Feedback’s social and political commentary makes this story feel very relevant to today’s world.
Series alert: It's 4th in the Newsflesh series but the plot runs parallel to the events of the 1st book, Feed.
Prince Lestat by Anne RiceWhat it is: a mysterious entity known as the Voice telepathically directs older vampires to destroy the younger generation in this 11th installment in the Vampire Chronicles.
Featuring: A rich cast of characters whose backstories span centuries -- from present-day New York to ancient Egypt -- including Lestat de Lioncourt, Armand, Seth, and Akasha.
You might also like: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's long-running Saint-Germain series, which stars immortal vampire Le Comte de Saint-Germain as he endures over the centuries.
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