Happy Thursday, Savvy Readers! If you’re a huge fan of horror like me, chances are you’re getting pretty excited about the ninth season of American Horror Story premiering this September. Lucky for you, your wait just got a whole lot better because I’ve put together a list of books to tide you over until then!
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Word has it that the ninth season of AHS is taking viewers to summer camp. A huge camp person myself, there’s nothing more terrifying than a remote cabin in the woods and the prospect of no one around to hear you scream. Praised as one of Tremblay’s best books ever, The Cabin at the End of the World follows seven-year-old Wren and her parents Eric and Andrew vacationing at a remote and cabin on a quiet lake. Interrupted by four menacing strangers, The Cabin at the End of the World is a tense tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion.
Dreamfall by Amy Plum
Described as A Nightmare on Elm Street meets Inception, Dreamfall is a gripping psychological thriller that follows seven teenagers who suffer from debilitating insomnia who agree to take part in a new experimental procedure to cure it. But when the lab equipment malfunctions, the patients are plunged into a terrifying dreamworld that sees their worst fears come to life. Perfect for fans of all things dark and edgy, although Dreamfall is technically YA, its chilling tale is sure to spook even the most mature readers among us into sleeping with their lights on. Fans of Lana Winters, eat your hearts out.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
If you love horror as much as I do you don’t want to miss Alvin Schwartz’s iconic anthology of horror tales Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now a major motion picture, the latest edition of Schwartz’s anthology includes chilling cover artwork from the film in addition to Stephen Gammell’s classically spooky sketches. A timeless collection of chilling tales dealing with horror, revenge, and the supernatural, this is one anthology everyone can enjoy (if they dare!).
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Now an AMC original series starring Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ashleigh Cummings, NOS4A2 is a masterwork of horror. Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things, but Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, in which he and his guests slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to a playground he calls Christmasland. The only child to ever escape Charlie’s evil, Victoria is all grown up and eager to forget, but Charlie hasn’t stopped thinking about Victoria and he’s after something very special—something Vic can never replace.
Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay
A student forced to watch a disturbing video that will haunt and torment her and her classmates’ lives, a meth addict willing to kidnap a daughter from her estranged mother, Growing Things and Other Stories is a chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror. Containing stories linked to Tremblay’s other works, fans of the interconnected nature of AHS’s universe will relish this horrific anthology. From global catastrophe to the demons in all of us, Tremblay explores our most primal fears and darkest dreams in startlingly original fiction.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
In my humble opinion, the freakiest parts of AHS are those grounded in reality. Recounting true events, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark tells the haunting story of the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California throughout the 70s and 80s and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. An atmospheric snapshot of American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind, this book is a modern true crime classic—and one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer. Slated to become an HBO documentary series, if you’re fascinated by the real-life events that have inspired AHS’ most horrific moments, this book is for you.
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
A collection of four short novels, Strange Weather by Joe Hill pushes the horror genre to new extremes and exposes the darkness that lies beneath the surface of everyday life. From a Silicon Valley teen who encounters a camera that erases memories snap by snap to an apocalyptic downpour of nails that shred skin, Strange Weather is an incredible collection that makes the mundane macabre.
Well Savvy Readers, I hope that these books are just what you need to tide you over until AHS premieres. Which ones are you adding to your TBR? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @SavvyReader.
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