Calling all horror aficionados! Can anything be more bone-chilling than the relentless march of time? As we find ourselves swiftly nearing the halfway mark of 2023, it’s an opportune moment to contemplate the crème de la crème of horror literature released thus far. Prepare to be captivated by the standout horror books that have shaped this year’s dark and haunting narrative. From seasoned masters of terror to promising newcomers, we’ve been gifted with a plethora of spine-tingling tales. Haunted houses, witches, and gripping horror short story collections have dominated the scene, ensuring that dread is inescapable. Don’t miss out on discovering if your favorite horror book of 2023 has made its mark. Continue reading to unveil the secrets that lie within.
1. That Night by Nidhi Upadhyay
Natasha, Riya, Anjali, and Katherine were college best friends—distinct yet inseparable—until a night that changed everything. With secrets and guilt buried for two decades, they face a mysterious threat, forcing them to revisit the past and confront their fractured truths in “That Night,” a gripping tale of friendship and betrayal.
2. Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones
If you were a fan of Stephen Graham Jones’s My Heart is a Chainsaw, then you absolutely must not miss out on the sequel, Don’t Fear the Reaper. Taking place four years later, this book follows Jade Daniels as she returns to the countryside town of Proofrock, coinciding with the escape of the serial killer Dark Mill South, who seeks to seek vengeance. Much has transformed since Jade’s final year, but as Dark Mill South embarks on a 36-hour killing spree, claiming 20 lives, the terrors of that fateful year resurface in full force.
3. Ghosts of The Silent Hills by Anita Krishan
Restless spirits linger until their desires are fulfilled. In the hills, you’re surrounded by menacing forests and deadly silence. Beware the cold, dark night, and avoid walking alone after sunset. A hauntingly beautiful woman in white ensnares unsuspecting men on the lonely pathways. The screams of the deceased echo at night, while spirits lie in wait in deserted lodges, ready to prey on the living. Skeptics who witnessed the undeniable existence of these beings could not escape. “Ghosts of the Silent Hills” is a collection of spine-chilling true haunting stories that will make your nights terrifying.
4. Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca
Eric LaRocca, acclaimed for his captivating novella “Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke,” gained immense popularity on TikTok. Presently, LaRocca returns with his inaugural full-length novel, delving into a series of astonishing vanishings that have sent shockwaves through a tranquil Connecticut town. As the authorities begin probing these peculiar disappearances, the malevolent animosity concealed beneath the town’s amicable facade simmers dangerously, poised to reveal itself.
5. The Beast You Are: Stories by Paul Tremblay
Introducing a remarkable collection of horror short stories for the year 2023, presenting “The Beast You Are.” Comprising 15 short stories and a captivating novella, this anthology delivers an exceptional blend of experimental and imaginative horror that will intricately manipulate your mind. It is an absolute must-read! With acclaimed novels such as “Cabin at the End of the World” and “Head Full of Ghosts,” Paul Tremblay has established himself as a masterful author in the genre of horror, and his short stories are equally remarkable.
6. The Haunting of Delhi City: Tales of the Supernatural by Jatin Bhasin and Suparna Chawla Bhasin
Delhi is known for its culture, history, and food. But it also has a dark side, full of ghosts and supernatural creatures. The Haunting of Delhi City tells stories of these dark forces, set in familiar places like CP, Mehrauli, and Hauz Khas. Are these stories just myths? Or do they hold a deeper truth? Read and find out… if you dare.
7. The Spite House by Johnny Compton
Continuing with haunted house stories, “The Spite House” is a debut novel by Johnny Compton. It evokes “The Shining” but with unexpected twists. Eric Ross, on the run with his daughters, seeks shelter and works as a caretaker at the haunted Masson House in Degener, Texas.
8. Piñata by Leopoldo Gout
Piñata falls into the spectrum of horror books, ranging from eerie to downright terrifying. Its fright factor depends on personal fears, but this one leans towards being extremely chilling. Carmen Sanchez, along with her teenage daughters Izel and Luna, is overseeing the renovation of an ancient cathedral in Mexico. They face alienation from the locals and deliberate sabotage from contractors. When Luna faces a near accident at the construction site, Carmen decides to leave and return to New York. However, their troubles follow them, as something has been awakened, leaving Carmen and her daughters with little time to escape.
9. You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron
Get ready for a heart-pounding slasher at Camp Mirror Lake! In this full-contact terror game, Charity and her summer crew recreate scenes from a classic slasher film. But when her co-workers start disappearing and one ends up dead, Charity’s role as the final girl becomes terrifyingly real. To survive, she and her girlfriend Bezi must uncover the killer’s motive and uncover the dangerous secrets of Mirror Lake’s past. Perfect for Fear Street fans!
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