Horror. It’s one of the most disturbing genres because for all it’s flights and fancy, it’s also the most real. Here are some of my favorite haunting tales from my 2018 reads. Enjoy!
Best Horror Books 2018
by Ken Greenhall
Month Read: January 2018
One of my first five star reads of the year, Hell Hound tells the grim tale of a sociopathic dog on the hunt for his perfect master. Dark, sobering, and decidedly full circle, this revised classic is worth the read for any vintage horror lover.
by Zoje Stage
Month Read: October 2018
I went into Baby Teeth with zero expectations. What resulted from this spontaneous read was the story of psychopathic child and her less-than-perfect mother as they battle for the attention of daddy dearest. More disturbing than I ever anticipated, Baby Teeth sank into me. In the vein of The Bad Seed and The Good Son, a perfect read for anyone who finds fascination in stories of children who are born anything but innocent.
by Scott Thomas
Month Read: June 2018
We all love a haunted house story when the mood strikes. Kill Creek was all that and more with exquisitely crafted characters that you’ll both root for and plot against. Four horror writers are invited to the most haunted house in America for a publicity stunt. What results from that one night is far reaching and irreversible.
by Dathan Auerbach
Month Read: August 2018
Some prefer their horror cut and dry. While Bad Man houses more of a wandering, poetic narrative, it is also beautifully written, insightful, and lingers in the soul. It tells the dreary story of a young man whose little brother once went missing in their small town’s local grocery store. Years later and his brother still missing, this young man is catapulted into working in the very store where his brother disappeared. He’s never stopped looking. Shadowed in grief, he starts to feel that, if he listens long enough, the store might hold the key to finding him.
The Ghost Notebooks
by Ben Dolnick
Month Read: February 2018
The Ghost Notebooks may have a spooky title, but its contents in actuality are rather horror-light. You’ll find some traditional aspects of what we know a ghost story to be, a young couple escapes the rush of city life and move into a tranquil, isolated country home. What happens next is of course that they find pandemonium instead of tranquility. But The Ghost Notebooks is not, at its heart, about the haunts and thrills. It’s about beauty in grief, desperation in loneliness, and delivers its sadder notes with poetic grace. It has one of my favorite last paragraphs of all time. A beautiful, haunting little book.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list for the best horror books of 2018! Be sure to check out these other posts for end of the year roundups for your favorite genres:
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Til next time,
Bex Skoog (formerly Bex Gorsuch) is a Book Blogger and Instagram Influencer who strives to connect readers with their next favorite book and encourages avid bibliophiles to make use of the inspiration found in fiction by implementing story into their day-to-day lives.