Book Genre: Horror

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James Preller
lcole
4

Readers of easy chapter books will love the chills and thrills of Good Night, Zombie.  This book is part of a series called Scary Tales by James Preller.  Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, so you don’t need to read these in order. ...

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Stephen King
Charlissa
4

Full Dark, No Stars is collection of four novellas: "1922," "Big Driver," "Fair Extension," and "A Good Marriage." The afterward begins, “The stories in this book are harsh. You may have found them hard to read in places.” Yup.

"1922" is a story about a man who kills his wife in...

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Joe Hill
Jennifer B.
3

Heart-Shaped Box gets off to a roaring start.  Protagonist Judas Coyne, a 54-year-old semi-retired leader of a metal band, buys a suit online that supposedly comes with the ghost of the man who wore it.  The suit's in his hands by page 15 and the ghost is already on the scene in...

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Peter Stenson
Charles
3

Fiend, by Peter Stenson, does not differ much from any other apocalyptic, zombie themed book.  There is the typical shocking revelation that the people outside are not normal and want to eat you, the characters realize that everyone but themselves have become zombies, and the rest of the...

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Marisha Pessl
Nikki
5

I loved this book!  Night Film is about the death of a famous horror movie director’s daughter and the mystery surrounding how she died.  A reporter with a bone to pick with the elusive director, a young woman new to New York, and a man with possible connections with the deceased race...

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Tim Seeley
Becker
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...

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Mira Grant
Becker
3

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in pill...

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Robert Kirkman
Manon
3

Early this summer, I found myself surprisingly hooked to the hit AMC series The Walking Dead.  I watched all three seasons, and couldn't wait for the fourth one to start this fall.  When I heard about this book, by series writer and producer Robert Kirkman and Jay...

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Joe R. Lansdale
Ken
3

This book is pretty good. It's a novella with four short stories about Reverend Jebidiah Mercer a hardened man of God, whose purpose is to wipe out evil where ever he finds it. It has a lot of horror elements, zombie, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, and kobolds. Other than the story with...

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John Connolly
Hope
3

David loses a lot of things during the course of this novel. His mother to a horrible disease, the relationship with his father as he remarries and has another child, his home, as his father relocates them to be closer to his war job, and his sense of belonging in the world. David copes with all...

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Robert Jackson Bennett
Ken
3

This was a pretty good horror book. The background of the Great Depression was an interesting setting for the story. A good bit of the action is fairly gory, which might turn people off. The ending is awesome though.

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Joyce Carol Oates
Jennifer D
5

“Black Water” was my first journey into the world of Joyce Carol Oates, and a perfect autumn read. Lush descriptions of the day leading up to a car accident, vignettes of the main character’s life render descriptions of the accident and subsequent entrapment in the car underwater all the more...

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Robert Kirkman
Michael
4

Days Gone Bye, the first volume of The Walking Dead comic books, starts the entangled story of Rick Grimes (small town sheriff in Kentucky) and his family trying to survive what appears to be a zombie apocalypse. Waking up in a zombie-filled hospital, Grimes escapes and finds...

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Stephen King
Rebecca
3

Of all of the scary, supernatural subject matter that Stephen King is (in)famous for--haunted hotels, psychic/telekinetic/pyrokinetic children, demonic clowns from the Macroverse, sinister aliens, rabid dogs, vampires, possessed cars--what scares me the most about his novels are the twisted,...

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Josh
3

  This young adult fiction book contains thirteen stories from writers such as R.L. Stine, Jennifer Allison and others.  Some of the stories deal with typical horror story material: vampires, people with strange powers and other weird creatures. Other stories deal with perfectly...

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Robert R McCammon
Janet Q
3

Readers of classic Stephen King will enjoy this complex novel. It combines the bucolic coming of age story of Cory Mackenson, the narrator, with a darker narrative about the evil that lies below the surface of his small town. It is also a touching meditation on family and parenthood, as...

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Neil Gaiman
Nancy
4

I don't read horror - I'm a chicken and I have a very vivid imagination, particularly associated with the written word.  However, Gaiman balances the young narrator horrible, fearful experiences with the wonder and wisdom of three women who befriend and protect him.  The women are the...

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Shirley Jackson
Lauren
5

It's unfortunate that Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 horror novel The Haunting of Hill House will be associated with the terrible 1999 adaptation (re-titled The Haunting). The Haunting of Hill House seems like a classic haunted house story we've all...

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Deborah Howe
KristenA
4

Bunnicula tells the story of the drama that unfolds when a boy finds a small bunny on his seat in the movie theater showing Dracula. His family brings it home as a new pet. But the family cat Chester is less than thrilled, and the dog Harold feels a bit overshadowed. Chester immediately begins...

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Marisha Pessl
KristinR
4

Night Film is more an experience than a book.

Investigative journalist Scott McGrath once infamously suggested that the reclusive cult horror film-maker Stanislas Cordova be exposed as a tormented and twisted creep connected with more than one suspicious death. For that...

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Max Brooks
Bobby
4

Instead of relying on in-you-face surprises or gore, World War Z explores the larger geopolitical picture and the sophisticated complexities of fighting undead hoards.  The movie adaptation (and adaptation is a generous term) focuses on putting your adrenal glands into...

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Neil Gaiman
Hope H
3

The annoying thing about watching a movie before discovering the book it was based on is that your favorite images and moments from the movie linger in your head and distract you from properly enjoying the book for itself once you get around to reading it. So it was for me in reading Neil Gaiman...

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Susann Cokal
CarolE
3

The Kingdom of Little Wounds—Horrifying historical fiction in an imaginary kingdom of the late 16th century where syphilis is rampant in the royal family and nobility. Told in alternating voices of two maids and the Queen, the horrifyingly arbitrary nature of madness is doubled by the addition...

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Geoffrey Girard
Becker
4

If you like government conspiracies, serial killer stories, science, and thrills, this is a book you might want to take a look at. The government has defense contractors cloning some of the most infamous serial killers in history--Son of Sam, Dahmer, Bundy and more. They say they're working on a...