This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, from Quirk Books.
The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, and unspeakable horrors into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.
From books to B-movies, horror has proven itself a particularly fun genre to mess with, and when you want more than just a fright it might be time to seek out the truly strange and unusual. Nothing keeps a genre fresh like the occasional oddity and everything is better in bizarro-vision, so tell us in the comments below, what are your favorite unconventional horror novels?