Books of Horror!

Jun 12, 2022

There’s a great group on Facebook called Books of Horror. Honestly, it’s almost all I do on FB these days, and it makes the whole site a lot more worthwhile. Apart from being one of the most friendly and supportive groups on there, it’s an absolute treasure trove of great book recommendations. One of the members there, Charlie Salt, started posting some truly definitive lists of the group’s recommendations, organised by genre, subject, etc. Rather than risk them being lost in the ever-rolling feed, I offered to host them here. So here they are. Each list is Charlie’s original post (with his comments at the start), and at the end is a link to the post back on Facebook – do follow the links as there are loads more great recommendations in the comments on each one.


For the sake of my sanity and yours, I’ve not included themed collections otherwise I’d be here all day ???? This is a list of key short story collections that are frequently mentioned and some essential anthologies at the end. Feel free to add others but check if it’s in the list first, thanks! I’ve taken Poe, Lovecraft, M.R. James etc. as a given.
A.C. Wise – The Ghost Sequences
Adam Nevill – Before You Wake, Cries From The Crypt, Hasty For The Dark, Some Will Not Sleep, Wyrd and Other Derelictions
Alan Baxter – Crow Shine, Served Cold, The Gulp, The Fall
Bentley Little – The Collection, Indignities of The Flesh, Walking Alone
Bob Leman – Feesters In The Lake, The Tehama and Others
Brian Evenson – A Collapse of Horses, Songs For The Unraveling of The World, The Glassy Burning Floor of Hell
Brian Hodge – Skidding Into Oblivion
Carmen Maria Machado – Her Body And Other Parties
Charles Beaumont – Selected Stories
Charles L. Grant – Scream Quietly, Tales From The Nightside
Christopher Slatsky – The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature
Chuck Palahniuk – Haunted
Clive Barker – Books of Blood series
Dan Chaon – Among The Missing, Stay Awake
David Morrell – Black Evening
Dennis Etchison – The Dark Country, The Blood Kiss, Red Dreams, Cutting Edge
E. Reyes – Strange Tales of The Macabre
F. Paul Wilson – Soft And Others, The Barrens And Others
Gary A. Braunbeck – Halfway Down The Stairs
Gemma Files – In That Endlessness, Our End
Gerald Kersh – Nightshade and Damnations
Glen Hirshberg – American Morons, The Janus Tree, The Two Sams
Gwendolyn Kiste – And Her Smile Will Untether The Universe
Guy N. Smith – Tales From The Graveyard
Ian Rogers – Every House Is Haunted
Jack Ketchum – Peaceable Kingdom
Jack Townsend – Tales From The Gas Station (series)
Jeff Strand – Gleefully Macabre Tales, Dead Clown Barbecue, Everything Has Teeth, Candy Coated Madness
Jeremy Robert Johnson – Entropy In Bloom
J.G. Faherty – The Monster Inside, Houses of the Unholy
Joe R. Lansdale – High Cotton: Selected Stories, Bumper Crop
John Connolly – Night Music, Nocturnes
John Langan – The Wide Carnivorous Sky, Children of The Fang
Joe Hill – 20th Century Ghosts, Full Throttle
Joe McKinney – The Red Empire And Other Stories
John F.D. Taff – Little Black Spots
Jon Padgett – The Secret of Ventriloquism
Joseph Payne Brennan – The Shapes of Midnight, Collected Short Stories and Poems, Nine Horrors and A Dream
Karl Edward Wagner – Where The Summer Ends, Walk On The Wild Side
Kealan Patrick Burke – Dead Leaves, Dead of Winter, Milestone, Ravenous Ghosts, We Live Inside Your Eyes
Kelly Link – Get In Trouble
Kristi Demeester – Everything That’s Underneath
Kristopher Rufty – Bone Chimes 1 & 2
Laird Baron – Occultation, Swift To Chase, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, The Imago Sequence
Laura Maruo – Sing Your Sadness Deep
Lisa Tuttle – A Nest of Nightmares
Maggie Siebert – Bonding
Malcolm Devlin – You Will Grow Into Them, Unexpected Places To Fall From
Mariana Enriquez – Things We Lost In The Fire, The Dangers of Smoking In Bed
Mark Samuels – The Age of Decayed Futurity
Mary Rickert – You Have Never Really Been Here
Matthew M. Bartlett – Gateways To Abomination, The Stay-Awake Men
Michael Marshall Smith – The Best of Michael Marshall Smith
Michael Shea – Polyphemus
Michael Wehunt – Greener Pastures
Nadia Bulkin – She Said Destroy
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – Friday Black
Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters, Wounds
Paul Tremblay – Growing Things
Philip Fracassi – Behold The Void
Ramsey Campbell – Alone With The Horrors
Ray Bradbury – The October Country
Reggie Oliver – Flowers of The Sea
Richard Laymon – Fiends, A Good, Secret Place, Dreadful Tales, Madman Stan
Richard Matheson – The Best of Richard Matheson (Penguin Classics)
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – Gaslight, Ghosts & Ghouls: A Centenary Celebration
Ronald Malfi – We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone
Robert Aickman – Cold Hand In Mine, Dark Entries, The Unsettled Dust, The Wine-Dark Sea, Painted Devils
Robert McCammon – Blue World
Ronald Kelly – The Halloween Store, The Sick Stuff, Mister Glow-Bones And Other Tales
Shirley Jackson – The Lottery And Other Stories
Stephen Graham Jones – After The People Lights Have Gone Off
Stephen King – Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, Nightmares & Dreamscapes (the essential horror ones in my opinion)
T.E. Grau – The Nameless Dark
T.E.D. Klein – Collected Stories, Dark Gods
Terry Dowling – The Night Shop
Thomas F. Monteleone – Fearful Symmetries
Thomas Ligotti – Teatro Grottesco, The Shadow At The Bottom of The World (many more if you like these)
Tyler Jones – Burn The Plans
Jay Bower – Hanging Corpses
Richard Chizmar – A Long December, The Long Way Home
Kirby McCauley – Dark Forces
David G. Hartwell –
The Dark Descent (as one collection or three volumes):
The Colour of Evil
The Medusa In The Shield
A Fabulous Formless Darkness
Foundations of Fear (as one collection or three volumes):
Shadows of Fear
Visions of Fear
World’s of Fear
Herbert A. Wise – Great Tales of Terror And The Supernatural
Ellen Datlow – The Best Horror of The Year (series)
Stephen Jones – The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (series)
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories 1-3
Thomas F. Monteleone – Borderlands 1-7
Charles L. Grant – Shadows 1-10
Richard Chizmar – Shivers 1-8
Richard Chizmar – The Best of Cemetery Dance
David J. Schow – Silver Scream
Mike Baker – My Favourite Horror Story
Steve Jones & David Sutton – The Dark Voices 1-6 and Dark Terrors 1-6. Which are a kind of follow on to Van Thal’s long running Pan Book of Horror series
The Midnight Exhibit Vol. 1 & 2 (Rewind Or Die)


Aron Beauregard – Scary Bastard
Kristopher Rufty – Prank Night
Kevin Lucia – October Nights
Hailey Piper – Benny Rose The Cannibal King
Kristopher Triana – Long Shadows of October
Cameron Chaney – Autumncrow
Bryan Smith – All Hallow’s Dead
& Racing With The Devil
Ray Bradbury – The Halloween Tree & Something Wicked This Way Comes
Norman Partridge – Dark Harvest
Tom Tryon – Harvest Home
Scott Thomas – Kill Creek
Robert Zelazny – A Night In The Lonesome October
Richard Laymon – Night In The Lonesome October & All Hallow’s Eve
Kevin J. Kennedy – Halloween Land
E. Reyes – The Halloween Grindhouse & Devil’s Hill
Kealan Patrick Burke – Dead Leaves
Ronald Kelly – The Halloween Store & Mister Glow-Bones
Glen Hirshberg – The Two Sams: Ghost Stories
Ellen Datlow (ed.) – Haunted Nights
Alan Ryan (ed.) – Halloween Horrors
Douglas Draa (ed.) – What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween
Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories
Richard Chizmar (ed.) – October Dreams 1 & 2
Kevin J. Kennedy (ed.) – Collected Halloween Shorts: Trick ‘R Treat
C.V. Hunt – Halloween Fiend
Jonathan Maberry – Ghost Road Blues
Lucy A. Snyder – Halloween Season
Robert McCammon – Usher’s Passing
Josh Hancock – The Girls of October
Lisa W. Cantrell – The Manse & Torments
Tom Rymer – Malevolent Nevers
Evans Light – Doorbells At Dusk
Adam Millard – The October Boys
John Everson – The Pumpkin Man
David Robbins – Spook Night
Stewart O’Nan – The Night Country
Briana Morgan – The Tricker-Treater
Chris Kosarich – Mister Jack & Night of The Pumpkin God
Dennis J. Higman – Pranks
Gregory Miller – Dark Nights and Candlelight: 31 Tiny October Tales
Jeff C. Carter – We Bleed Orange & Black: 31 Fun-sized Tales For Halloween
Brian James Freeman – The Halloween Children
James A. Moore – Harvest Moon
Russell Atwood – Apartment Five Is Alive
Patrick C. Greene – Red Harvest, Grim Harvest, Demon Harvest
Paul Melniczek – A Haunted Halloween, Frightful October, When The Leaves Fall, The Celebration, The Watching, Mischief Night, The Witching Hour, Children of The Night
Jade Royal (ed.) – Mischief Night
Steve Vernon – The Tatter Demon trilogy
Scott Donnelly – Killer Scarecrow
Gord Rollo – Valley of The Scarecrow


Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes
Stephen King – It, The Body, The Institute
Robert McCammon – Boy’s Life
Dan Simmons – Summer of Night
Brian Keene – Ghoul
Ronald Malfi – December Park
Richard Chizmar – Chasing The Boogeyman
Jeff Strand – Autumn Bleeds Into Winter
Jeffrey Ford – The Shadow Year
Richard Laymon – The Traveling Vampire Show
Jonathan Janz – Children of The Dark
James Newman – Midnight Rain
J.G. Faherty – Cemetery Club
C.J. Tudor – The Chalk Man
Adam Millard – The October Boys
Craig Davidson – The Saturday Night Ghost Club
Edgar Cantero – Meddling Kids
Tim Meyer – Malignant Summer
M.L. Rayner – Amongst The Mists
Wendy M. Wagner – The Deer Kings
Ronald Kelly – Fear
Malcolm McDowell – The Elementals
J.F. Dubeau – A God In The Shed
Brett McBean – The Awakening
Joe E. Lansdale – The Bottoms
Nick Cutter – The Troop
Matt Hayward – Those Below The Tree House
Douglas Clegg – Neverland
Al Sarrantonio – Totentanz
John Peyton Cooke – The Lake
Graham Joyce – The Tooth Fairy
Joe Hill – N0S4A2
Christina Henry – The Ghost Tree
Tony Urban – Within The Woods
Philip Fracassi – Commodore
Greg F. Gifune – The Bleeding Season
Edward Lorn – Bay’s End
Tom Deady – Haven
Shawn Burgess – The Tear Collector
Grady Hendrix – My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Matthew A. Clarke – Sons of Sorrow
Erik Henry Vick – Demon King
Sam Gafford – The House of Nodens
John Durgin – The Cursed Among Us
Norman Partridge – Dark Harvest
Pamela Morris – The Witch’s Backbone series
Mark Morris – Toady aka The Horror Club
Max Booth III – Touch The Night
Mike Duke – Ghost Train
Stephen King & Peter Straub – The Talisman
Daka Hermon – Hide and Seeker


Alan Baxter – The Gulp, The Fall, Sallow Bend
Bentley Little – The Town, The Store
Craig Davidson – The Saturday Night Ghost Club
Brian Keene – The Ghoul, Darkness On The Edge of Town
Dan Simmons – Summer of Night, A Winter Haunting
Robert R. McCammon – Boy’s Life, Stinger, Usher’s Passing
Ronald Malfi – December Park, The Narrows, Bone White, Snow
Richard Chizmar – Chasing The Boogeyman
Ronald Kelly – Fear
Richard Laymon – The Beast House series
Joan Samson – The Auctioneer
Adam Cesare – Clown In A Cornfield
William W. Johnstone – Blood Oath
Thomas Olde Heuvelt – Hex
James Newman – The Wicked
Jack Kilborn – Afraid
Robert Jackson Bennett – American Elsewhere
J.F. Dubeau – A God In The Shed
Thomas Tryon – Harvest Home
Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes
Jonathan Janz – Children of the Dark
Malcolm McDowell – Cold Moon Over Babylon, Blackwater
Todd Keisling – Devil’s Creek
Blake Crouch – The Wayward Pines trilogy
Jonathan Maberry – The Pine Deep trilogy
C.J. Tudor – The Chalk Man, The Hiding Place
Christopher Buehlman – Those Across The River
B.R. Yeager – Negative Space
Elizabeth Hand – Black Light
Peter Straub – Floating Dragon
Jack Finney – Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Ira Levin – The Stepford Wives
Ramsey Campbell – The Hungry Moon
Bernard Taylor – The Moorstone Sickness
Dean Koontz – Phantoms
Jennifer McMahon – The Winter People
Norman Partridge – Dark Harvest
Steve Vernon – Tatterdemon
T.E.D. Klein – The Ceremonies
Jeffrey Ford – Shadow Year
Kevin Lucia – Things Slip Through, Through A Mirror Darkly
Michael Rowe – Enter Night
Alan Ryan – Dead White
Tim Curran – Clownflesh
Hunter Shea – Misfits
Patrick C. Greene – Red Harvest, Grim Harvest, Demon Harvest
Micah Dean Hicks – Break The Bodies, Haunt The Bones
Brad Strickland – Shadowshow
Jere Cunningham – The Abyss
Josh Malerman – Goblin
Cameron Chaney – Autumncrow
Alan Baxter – The Gulp, The Fall
Tom Rimer – Malevolent Nevers
C.V. Hunt – Halloween Fiend
John Fram – The Bright Lands
Kelvin V.A. Allison – Blood Harvest


Bentley Little – The Association, The Mailman
Richard Laymon – Night In The Lonesome October
Ira Levin – The Stepford Wives
Eric C. Higgs – The Happy Man
Carlton Mellick III – Ultra Fuckers
Tim Waggoner – The Forever House
Kelli Owen – White Picket Prisons
Sarah Langan – Good Neighbors
Catherynne M. Valente – Comfort Me With Apples
Christopher Fowler – Psychoville
Robert Jackson Bennett – American Elsewhere
Ann Rivers Siddons – The House Next Door
Richard Matheson – A Stir of Echoes
Jack Finney – Invasion of The Bodysnatchers
Tim Curran – Blackout
William Holloway – Blackwood Estates /


Henry James – The Turn of the Screw
Dorothy McArdle – The Uninvited
Susan Hill – The Woman In Black
Shirley Jackson – The Haunting Of Hill House
Richard Matheson – Hell House
Stephen King – The Shining
Robert Marasco – Burnt Offerings
J. Anson – The Amityville Horror
Anne Rivers Siddons – The House Next Door
Michael McDowell – The Elementals
Andrew Cull – Remains
Michelle Paver – Wakenhyrst
Bentley Little – The Haunted, The House
Tony Tremblay – The Moore House
Garrett Cook – A God of Hungry Walls
Kelvin Allison & Lisa Hutchinson – 12
John Boyne – This House Is Haunted
Mariko Koike – The Graveyard Apartment
Ania Ahlborn – Within These Walls, I Call Upon Thee
Jennifer McMahon – The Invited
Darcy Coates – The Haunting of Blackwood House, The Carrow Haunt, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, The Haunting of Gillespie House, The Haunting of Rookward House, The Folcroft Ghosts, The House Next Door, House of Shadows, House of Secrets
Tamara Thorne – Haunted, Bad Things
Tananarive Due – The Good House
Lee Mountford – Haunted: Perron Manor, Haunted: Devil’s Door, Haunted: Purgatory, The Demonic
Gaby Triana – Island of Bones
Graham Masterton – The House of a Hundred Whispers, The House That Jack Built, Prey
Ki Longfellow – Houdini Heart
M.L. Rayner – Echoes of Home
Simone St. James – The Sun Down Motel
Ben Farthing – It Waits on the Top Floor
Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger
James Herbert – Haunted, The Ghosts of Sleath, Ash, The Secret of Crickley Hall
Dan Simmons – A Winter Haunting
Steve Rasnic Tem – Deadfall Hotel
Billy O’Callaghan – The Dead House
Jeff Strand – Sick House
Adam Nevill – Apartment 16, No One Gets Out Alive, House of Small Shadows
Scott Thomas – Kill Creek, Violet
J.W. Ocker – Twelve Nights At Rotter House
D.M. Pulley – No One’s Home
David Mitchell – Slade House
Andrew Pyper – The Guardians
Jonathan Aycliffe – Naomi’s Room
Ronald Malfi – The Mourning House, Floating Staircase, Little Girls
Elizabeth Hand – Wylding Hall
Laura Purcell – The Silent Companions
Michael Clarke – The Patience of a Dead Man
Cherie Priest – The Family Plot
Chris Sorensen – The Nightmare Room
Riley Sager – Home Before Dark
Herman Raucher – Maynard’s House
Ambrose Ibsen – Black Acres, The House of Long Shadows, Malefic
Susie Maloney – The Dwelling aka 362 Belisle St.
Bernard Taylor – Sweetheart, Sweetheart
Michael Rowe – Wild Fell
Simon Kurt Unsworth – Quiet Houses
Yrsa Siagdottir – I Remember You
John Inman – The Boys On The Mountain
Jo Kaplan – It Will Just Be Us
Jonathan Sims – Thirteen Storeys
Kristopher Triana – The Long Shadows of October
Jonathan Janz – The Siren and the Spectre
Jack Kilborn – Haunted House
Jac Jemc – The Grip of It
Chuck Wendig – The Book of Accidents
Brian Asman – Man, Fuck This House
Joe Schreiber – No Doors, No Windows
Ray Garton – The Loveliest Dead
John Quick – The Corruption of Alston House
Steven E. Wedel – Seven Days In Benevolence
Paula Trachtman – Disturb Not The Dream
Gemma Amor – Six Rooms
Claire L. Smith – When We Entered That House
E. Reyes – The House on Moon Creek Avenue
Russell Atwood – Apartment Five Is Alive
Sarah Gailey – Just Like Home
Jennifer Fawcett – Beneath The Stairs
Curtis M. Lawson & Joe Morey (ed) – 13 Houses
Kathryn Cramer (ed) – The Architecture of Fear (collection of haunted house short stories)
Kathryn Cramer (ed) – The Walls of Fear (sequel to the above, collection of haunted house short stories)
Peter Haining (ed) – The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories


Bentley Little – The Store, The Bank, The Consultant
Rob Hart – The Warehouse
Dave Eggers – The Circle
J.F. Gonzalez – The Corporation
Thomas Ligotti – My Work Is Not Yet Done (see also My Case For Retributive Action & Our Temporary Supervisor)
Ling Ma – Severance
Grady Hendrix – Horrorstor
William Spencer Browning – Resume With Monsters
Todd Keisling – The Smile Factory
Zakiya Dalila Harris – The Other Black Girl
Edward Stasheff (ed.) – Corporate Cthulhu: Lovecraftian Tales of Bureaucratic Nightmare
Pierre Lemaitre – Inhuman Resources
Kristopher Triana & Ryan Goulding – The Night Stockers
Andrew Shaffer – Secret Santa


I was a bit economical here but there aren’t that many space horrors. I didn’t put cosmic horror as I don’t think that’s quite the same. As always, please add any others, thanks!
Mike Duke – Amalgam series
Peter Clines – Dead Moon
S.A. Barnes – Dead Silence
Joe Schreiber – Death Troopers
Judith Merril (ed.) – Galaxy of Ghouls
Greg Bear – Hull Zero Three
Colin Wilson – Lifeforce aka The Space Vampires
Kenneth W. Cain (ed.) – Midnight From Beyond The Stars
G.R.R. Martin – Nightflyers
Darcy Coates – Parasite
Courtney Alameda – Pitch Dark
Kali Wallace – Salvation Day
Groff Conklin (ed.) – Science Fiction Terror Tales
Mur Lafferty – Six Wakes
Stanislaw Lem – Solaris
Tom Sweterlitsch – The Gone World
Stephen Kozeniewski – The Hematophages
Brett J. Talley – The Void
P.W. Hillard – The Void Beyond
Lena Nguyen – We Have Always Been Here
Peter Watts – Blindsight
Iain Rob Wright – 2389
Caitlin Starling – The Luminous Dead
Tess Gerritsen – Gravity
David Wellington – The Last Astronaut
J.Z. Foster & Justin M. Woodward – Hell On Mars series


Stephen King – It
Adam Cesare – Clown In A Cornfield
Jon Athan – Do Not Disturb 1 & 2
Alan Ryan – Dead White
Tim Curran – Clownflesh
Ruby Jean Jensen – House of Illusions
Tim McBain – The Clowns
Matt Shaw – Clown
Will Eliott – The Pilo Family Circus
Jeff Strand – Clowns Vs Spiders
R.S. Belcher – King of the Road
James A. Moore – Smile No More
Judith Sonnet – The Clown Hunt
Emery LeeAnn – Dank
Ashley Lister – Payback Week
Ramsey Campbell – The Grin of the Dark
Tim Miller – Clown Apocalypse


Stephen King – Salem’s Lot
Elizabeth Engstrom – Black Ambrosia
Brandon Massey – Dark Corner
Crouch, Blake, Kilborn – Draculas
Michael Rowe – Enter Night
George R.R. Martin – Fevre Dream
Colin Wilson – Lifeforce aka The Space Vampires
Ray Garton – Lot Lizards & Live Girls & Night Life
Glen Hirshberg – Motherless Children
Chris T. Martindale – Nightblood
Michael Talbot – The Delicate Dependency
Christopher Buehlman – The Lesser Dead & The Suicide Motor Club
Skipp & Spector – The Light At The End
Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Dracula Stories
Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories
Ronald Malfi – The Narrows
Richard Laymon – The Stake & The Traveling Vampire Show
Robert R. McCammon – They Thirst


J.R. Rice – Bane County series
Glenn Rolfe – Blood And Rain
Keith C. Blackmore – Breeds trilogy
Matt Serafini – Feral & Devil’s Row
Graeme Reynolds – High Moor trilogy
Stephen Graham Jones – Mongrels
T.W. Piperbrook – Outage trilogy
Ray Garton – Ravenous & Bestial
Toby Barlow – Sharp Teeth
Charles L. Grant – The Dark Cry of the Moon
Gary Brandner – The Howling trilogy
Steve Vance – The Hyde Effect
Glen Duncan – The Last Werewolf trilogy
Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Mammoth Book of Werewolves
Thomas Tessier – The Nightwalker
Whitley Streiber – The Wolfen
Nicholas Pekearo – The Wolfman
Robert R. McCammon – The Wolf’s Hour
Wayne Smith – Thor
Christopher Buehlman – Those Across The River
Ronald Kelly – Undertaker’s Moon aka Moon of the Werewolf
Jonathan Janz – Wolf Land
W.D. Gagliani – Wolf’s Trap


I’m sorry if your favourite isn’t listed – there’s just so many zombie books and I’m a bit fussy so these are the ones that look strong to me. Anthologies are listed after the novels. As always, please feel to add any I’ve missed below – thanks!
I’ve done a separate post for rage virus style ‘zombies’ here:
Autumn series by David Moody
Day By Day Armageddon series by J.L. Bourne
Dead City series by Joe McKinney
The Savage Dead by Joe McKinney
Dead Sea and Rising series by Brian Keene
World War Z – Max Brooks
The Living Dead by George R. Romero & Daniel Kraus
And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin (zombies but not zombies, really good)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Ex-Heroes series by Peter Clines (Superheroes defending civilians from zombies)
The Wild Ones by Jack Hunt
Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon
Fiend by Peter Stenson
Rise Again by Ben Tripp
Severance by Ling Ma
Handling The Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Pandemic by DiLouie etc.
The Collapse series by Alice B. Sullivan
The Dead by Mark E. Rogers
The Gathering Dead by Stephen Knight
Wake by Elizabeth Knox
Wet Work by Philip Nutman
The Reapers Are The Angels by Bell Alden
Handling The Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Everything Dies series by T.W. Malpass
Hollow Kingdom & Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton
Monster Island series by David Wellington
Night Songs by Charles L. Grant
Book of The Dead by John Skipp & Craig Spector
Still Dead: Book of The Dead 2 by John Skipp & Craig Spector
Mondo Zombie: Book of The Dead 3 by John Skipp & Craig Spector
Zombies: Encounters With The Hungry Dead by John Skipp
Nights of the Living Dead by Jonathan Maberry & George R. Romero
The Living Dead 1 & 2 by John Joseph Adams
The Mammoth Book of Zombies by Stephen Jones
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology by Christopher Golden
21st Century Dead by Christopher Golden
Zombie An Anthology of The Undead by Christopher Golden
The Undead by D.L. Snell
Zombies Recent Dead by Paula Guran
Zombies More Recent Dead by Paula Guran
Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology by Michelle McCrary & Joe McKinney
The Best of All Flesh: Zombie Anthology by James Lowder
Where The Dead Go To Die by Aaron Dries & Mark Allan Gunnells
River of Souls by T.L. Bodine


This is a list of books involving humans that have gone violent and crazy, as opposed to regular zombies. Feel free to add your own suggestions – thanks!
David Moody – Hater series
Josh Malerman – Bird Box & Malorie
Jose Saramago – Blindness
James Herbert – The Fog
Richard Laymon – One Rainy Night
Bryan Smith – Last Day
Brian Keene – The Complex
Blake Crouch – Run
Stephen King – Cell
Dean Koontz – Night Chills
Paul Tremblay – Survivor Song
Tim Curran – The Devil Next Door
Alan Spencer – The Three Days
Jeremy Robert Johnson – The Loop
James Demonaco & B.K. Evenson – Feral
Delilah S. Dawson – The Violence
Razak Melody – Moth
Gretchen Felker-Martin – Manhunt
Simon Clark – Blood Crazy
Kristopher Triana – They All Died Screaming
Ernie Kaltenbrunner Jr. – City of The Creeps
Sarah Langan – The Missing
Sea Sick by Iain Rob Wright


I see serial killers as separate from slashers. I think serial killers are less gimmicky and more police procedural etc?
If you don’t see something on here, it may be because I’ve put it on my slashers list here:
Stacy Willingham – A Flicker In The Dark
J.F. Dubeau – A God In The Shed
James Patterson – Along Came A Spider (series)
Brett Easton Ellis – American Psycho
Glenn Rolfe – August’s Eyes
Mo Hayder – Birdman
Lauren Beukes – Broken Monsters
Shane Stevens – By Reason of Insanity
Richard Chizmar – Chasing The Boogeyman
Christian Galacar – Cicana Spring
Ronald Malfi – December Park & Come With Me
John Connolly – Every Dead Thing (series)
Michael Slade – Headhunter (series)
Dan Wells – I Am Not A Serial Killer (series)
Dan Chaon – Ill Will
T.J. Payne – In My Father’s Basement
Dean Koontz – Intensity
Michael Connolly – The Poet (series)
Oyinkan Braithwaite – My Sister The Serial Killer
Tony Burgess – People Still Live In Cashtown Corners
Thomas Harris – Silence of the Lambs series
Greg F. Gifune – The Bleeding Season
Jeffery Deaver – The Bone Collector (series)
Simone St. James – The Book of Cold Cases
Soren Sveistrup – The Chestnut Man
Stephen Dobyns – The Church of Dead Girls
John Fowles – The Collector
Sharon Bolton – The Craftsman
J.D. Barker – The Fourth Monkey
Jim Thompson – The Killer Inside Me
Catriona Ward – The Last House on Needless Street
Jeff Strand – Autumn Bleeds Into Winter & Kutter
Catherine Ryan Howard – The Nothing Man
David Jackson – The Resident
Jo Nesbo – The Snowman
Glen Hirshberg – The Snowman’s Children
Michael Marshall – The Straw Men
Steve Thayer – The Weatherman
Alex North – The Whisper Man
Meg Gardiner – Unsub (series)
Billie Sue Mosiman – Wireman
Megan Stockton – Quiet, Pretty Things
Patrick Suskind – Perfume
Blake Crouch – Desert Places
Daina Graziunas & Jim Starlin – Thinning The Predators


For quite a while now I’ve been making a list of slasher novels, based on your fantastic recommendations and from the folks at Reddit. It was suggested I share it as a full post to see if anything can be added to it. Let me know what I’ve missed!
Serial killer books (Less gimmicky, more police procedural) can be found here:
They’re in no particular order, also let me know if I’ve missed any Richard Laymon’s ????
Ryan C. Thomas – The Summer I Died
Sergio Gomez – Camp Slaughter
Dan Padavona – Camp Slasher, The Face of Midnight, Crawlspace
James Sabata – Fat Camp
David Irons – Don’t Go To Wheelchair Camp
Jack Quaid – Escape From Happydale, Escape From Bastard Town, Escape From Slaughter Beach
David Sodergren – Night Shoot, Dead Girl Blues
W.D. Jackson – Slasher
Richard Laymon –
Come Out Tonight
One Rainy Night
Endless Night
Blood Games
The Woods Are Dark
After Midnight
Allhallow’s Eve
Aron Beauregard – Scary Bastard
Rex Miller – Slob, Frenzy
Jack Ketchum – Off Season, Offspring, Cover
Stephen Crye – Joyride
Gina Wohlsdorf – Security
Ania Ahlborn – Brother, The Shuddering
Christopher Fowler – Psychoville
Cameron Roubique – Kill River 1, 2, and 3, Disco Deathtrap, Golf Curse
Kealan Patrick Burke – Kin
David C. Hayes – The Great American Slasher
Bryan A. Smith – All Hallow’s Dead, The Killing Kind
Adam Cesare – Clown In A Cornfield, The Con Season
Mark Wheaton – Sunday Billy Sunday
Brian Keene – Urban Gothic
J.F. Gonzalez – Survivor
C.P. Bialois – The Slasher Experience 1, 2, & 3
Matt Drabble – Prime Time, Abra-Cadaver
Matt Serafini – Under The Blade
Joey Comeau – The Summer Is Ended And We Are Not Yet Saved
Jonathan Raab – Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI
Michael Prescott – Kane
Ryan Harding – Reincarnage, Reincursion
Riley Sager – Final Girls, The Last Time I Lied
Stephen Graham Jones – The Last Final Girl, My Heart Is A Chainsaw, The Only Good Indians
Brandon Ford – The Final Girl
Paul Michael Anderson – Standalone
Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls
Ruby Jean Jensen – Wait And See
Greg F. Gifune – Savages
Kristopher Rufty – Pillowface, Last One Alive, Prank Night
B.W. Battin – The Boogeyman
Søren Sveistrup – The Chestnut Man
Hunter Shea – Slash
Carlton Mellick III – Apeshit
Stephanie Perkins – There’s Someone Inside Your House
Ivy Tholen – Tastes Like Candy
S. Elliot Brandis – Young Slasher
David Charlesworth – Death Head Valley
Jack Kilborn – Afraid, Trapped, Endurance
Scott Cole – Triple Axe
Danielle Vega – The Merciless, Survive The Night
Ramsey Campbell – The Face That Must Die
Gretchen McNeil – Ten, MurderTrending
Thommy Huston – Jinxed
Ryu Murakami – In The Miso Soup
Gregory Lamberson – Johnny Gruesome
Adam Millard – Larry
Bryan Smith – Depraved
Tim Miller – Family Night, Curse of The Gut Ripper
Jon Athan – Do Not Disturb 1 & 2, Night of the Prowler, The Social Media Murders, Camp Blaze
Ken Greenhall – Death Chain
Travis Szablewski – Are You Alone In The House?, Do You Want To Die Tonight?, Did You Lock The Front Door?, Is There Someone Behind You?
Jeff Strand – My Pretties, Slice and Dice
Patrick C. Greene – Red Harvest, Grim Harvest, Demon Harvest
Iain Rob Wright – 12 Steps
Tim Meyer – Kill Hill Carnage, Paradise Club
Brandon Berntson – Boone: A Slasher Tale
Jessica Guess – Cirque Berserk
Tim Curran – Devil Next Door
Rick Wood – Shutter House
Natasha Preston – You Will Be Mine
Brooklyn Ann – His Final Girl, Her Haunted Heart, His Scream Queen, Her Halloween Party
Rafael Chandler – Mask Beneath Her Face
L.C. Valentine – The Last Girls Standing
Sean McDonough – The Class Reunion
P.J. Stanley – Most Likely To Die
Kenzie Jennings – Reception
T.J. Payne – The Venue, In My Father’s Basement
Laird Barron – Swift To Chase
Thomas Simpson – One Of Us
Brian G. Berry – The Sleepover Massacre, Blood Lanes, Thanksgiving Day Massacre
Russell Rhodes – Tricycle
John Russo – The Majorettes
Regina Watts – Babysitter Bloodbath
Darren Blake – Comedy of Terrors
Scott Donnelly – Killer Scarecrow
Gord Rollo – Valley of the Scarecrow
Judith Sonnet – The Clown Hunt
Ashley Lister – Payback Week
Adrean Messmer – Psychopomp and Circumstance
Angela Sylvaine – Chopping Spree
Hailey Piper – Benny Rose The Cannibal King
Todd Rigney – Dancing On The Edge of a Blade
E.V. Knight – Dead Eyes
John Everson – The Pumpkin Man
Brady Phoenix – Cardinal Rules
John Durgin – The Cursed Among Us
Angela Sylvaine – Chopping Spree
Hailey Piper – Benny Rose The Cannibal King
Todd Rigney – Dancing On The Edge of a Blade
E.V. Knight – Dead Eyes
John Everson – The Pumpkin Man

Again, please note these lists and all the comments are by Charlie Salt on the Books of Horror Facebook group – go and join! Thanks, Charlie.

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