There are a thousand lists across the internet recommending the same horror novels over and over again. But what about new horror? What are people reading now? Look no further! Here are 5 of the most important and influential horror novels to come out on the horror scene in the past few years.
Yes, it’s a movie on Netflix, but before that it was a book that became very popular in the horror community and has now hit the New York Times Bestsellers list. It is about a woman who must travel with two young children down a river blindfolded, because if they see the UNKNOWN THREAT, they will go crazy and kill themselves. We never really know what this threat is, but as Josh Malerman told me himself, “INFINITY PERSONIFIED sounded like a helluva monster to me.” And he is right.
A Head Full of Ghosts
A modern take on demonic possession. It’s about Merry researching her past experiences with her sister Marjorie, who, when they were kids, began to display signs of mental illness that led a priest to recommend exorcism. To make matters worse, their troubled family was filmed for a reality show, with terrible consequences. This all leads Merry to a truly terrifying revelation.
Another novel that has become a Netflix movie. This one is about a group of old friends taking a backpacking trip into the woods, but things don’t go as planned. Arguments ensue. They become lost. And what they find is horror. Gripping and claustrophobic.
Is this horror? Oh, yes! You might call it “weird fiction.” About an expedition into an area of jungle contaminated by an unknown anomaly. Past expeditions have ended in strange tragedies and this expedition… Well, there are oddities here and secrets. You’ll have to read to find out.
Let the Right One In
The story of a young boy bullied at school who becomes involved in one of the darkest and bloodiest romances ever put to print. Alcoholism, bullying, child abuse and…vampirism.