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Addison Rizer


Addison Rizer is a writer and reader of anything that can be described as weird, sad, or scary. She has an MA in Professional Writing and a BA in English. She writes for Book Riot and Publishers Weekly and is always looking for more ways to gush about the books she loves. Find her published work or contact her on her website or at addisonrizer at gmaildotcom.

‘Tis the season to be scary! Before the jolly holidays have you curling up with a hot chocolate and a Hallmark movie, before the new year comes and gets everyone in the self-reflective mood, it’s time to revel in the blood and gore and terror of Halloween! While your spider webs and pumpkin grimaces and skeleton friends are decorating your home, it is time to put on your favorite horror movies to set the mood.

Do you turn to a classic slasher like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or do you like the cozier scary movies like Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus? Do you like the ghosties haunting their owners like The Conjuring, or are creature features your jam, like The Thing? Are you always prepared to argue for your favorite scream queen, no matter the day or time? Do you get annoyed as other holidays creep into your Halloween celebration time more and more each year? Are you in the market for another scary book to add to your ever-growing TBR?

No matter your favorite subgenre, your favorite horror movies say a lot about what type of scares you find the most entertaining or the most chilling. So, take this quiz on your favorite Halloween horror movies and get a book recommendation perfect for you!

All Horror Book Recommendations

cover of A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher; illustration of the shadow of a buzzard on the wall in the hallway of a house

A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher

You like the cozier kind of horror, so you’ll love A House with Good Bones by T. Kingfisher. After Sam goes on a break from work, she decides to stay with her mom. But something is off with her mom when she gets back to her childhood home. Themes of family reign supreme in this cozy gothic haunted house novel.

the library at mount char book cover

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

You tend toward the weirder kind of horror, which is why you should read The Library at Mount Char. Carolyn and her siblings have one job: learn from their father about the Library they protect. But when he goes missing, Carolyn and her siblings must step into his shoes to keep the powerful place safe.

Book Cover of This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

You like emotional and psychological horror, the more heart-wrenching, the better. After Thiago’s wife has an accident on the subway steps, he starts to question whether the voice-controlled AI they had in their apartment played a part in her injury. Fleeing Chicago with his dog, Thiago thinks distance might get his head on straight. But whatever is causing the flashing lights and strange noises might just follow him wherever he goes.

Book cover of My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Scream queens! Slashers! You can’t get enough. Full of references to the horror genre, My Heart is a Chainsaw is about slasher-obsessed Jade, who starts to believe one of her favorite movies is happening in her little town. With a real-life masked killer on the loose, Jade is determined to keep her and her best friend safe.

cover of Leech by Hiron Ennes; image of a glass bottle full of black smoke that forms a castle

Leech by Hiron Ennes

Body horror and gore galore. And you’ll love Leech by Hiron Ennes, too. Set in an isolated mountain town closed off with snow, the Institute has sent a new doctor to examine what should be a standard death. But when they find something far stranger, not even their link to the rest of the Institute is able to shed light on the situation, the snowed-in villa becomes a dangerous place to be.

Book cover of Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

You like beautiful, literary scary stories, and this is just the one for you. After Leah resurfaces after going missing on a deep sea submarine expedition, her wife Miri is relieved for life to go back to normal. But Leah isn’t the same as she was before the disappearance, and Miri is having a hard time coping with the changes she can’t stop in her wife.

cover of Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Classic killers with a mask and a bloody history are your jam, so check out Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare. In Kettle Springs, Frendo the Clown is a mascot of sorts. A weird one, at least to Quinn, who just moved to town. But as someone in a Frendo mask starts to terrorize the town, Quinn and her newfound friends must unmask the killer and stay alive.

Book cover of Lone Women by Victor LaValle; illustration of a Black woman in a white blouse and blue skirt standing in a field of wheat

Lone Women by Victor LaValle

Creatures and entities lurking underneath the surface chill you to the bone. That’s why you’ll love Lone Women by Victor LaValle. After Adelaid burns down her Colorado home and flees with only a steamer trunk and a rucksack, she takes up as a homesteader in Montana’s rural land. Secrets plague her — secrets tucked into the trunk she lugged all the way here. Secrets that won’t leave her alone.

White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi book cover

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Nothing is more thrilling than a haunted house. After her mother disappears, her twins Miranda and Eliot and her husband are left devastated. The family, it seems, has a history of women disappearing. The house they love on the cliffside has a mind of its own. And an appetite.

Cover of Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link 

Just because it’s horror doesn’t mean it can’t be funny. Kelly Link, in her collection Get in Trouble, understands that. The stories inside are darkly funny, emotional, and a little bit weird: the perfect combination for reading one at a time or all the way through.

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