Book Genre: Horror

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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...

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Gillian Flynn
Jennifer D
3

On the day of his 5th wedding anniversary, Nick is shocked when his wife Amy disappears. Their front door is open, the cat is out on the porch, a kettle is boiling on the stove, and there are signs of a struggle in their living room. As the story takes you back and forth between Nick’s bizarre...

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R. L. Stine
L.F.
3

If you spent your childhood staying up nights reading the latest Goosebumps book and are feeling nostalgic for R.L. Stine’s brand of horror you may be excited to hear about Red Rain, his recently released horror novel for adults.  Back are his page-turning plot details, a...

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Jack Ketchum
Joan
4

To say you enjoyed reading this book, is much like saying you like watching train wrecks. It is not that it was a bad book with poor writing. It is the very content that is troubling. This book is not for the faint of heart, however, if you decide to read it, you will not be able to put it down...

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Neil Gaiman
Tara
4

Akin to the original Grimm fairytales, within this haunting and lyrical tale lurk terrifying monsters ripped from your worst nightmares. Sharp and quick, like a pin prick, I will likely spend an exponentially longer time thinking about the book than I spent reading it. I cried near the end of...

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Geoffrey Girard
Josh
4

     Author Geoffrey Girard's protagonist Shawn Castillo is as flawed as they come. You can't help but root for him though especially when you realize who...and what he is up against.  Girard skillfully combines philosophy,  bio-ethics, history, psychology and political...

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Ken
4

This collection of Bernie Wrightson work for the Creepy and Eerie magazines is really good, Wrightson's heavy contrasting artwork works really well for these stories. Two of the stories were drawn by Carmine Infantino, and were inked by Wrightson, and while the stories themselves are quite good...

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Neil Gaiman
Dawn
3

One day Coraline discovers a world that at first appearance looks much like her own.  As she spends more time in this space, she discovers ghosts and missing people.  Read to find out if she rescues her parents and three other children.  This story is read by the author.

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1937- Avi
Jennifer H
4

Horace wants to be photographer. He is an apprentice to a photographer and is fulfilling his dream. They are commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Von Macht to take a photograph, but when the photo is developed, there is a girl in the picture. Horace discovers that the girl is the daughter of the...

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Marisha Pessl
Kristi
5

Sam McGrath is a disgraced journalist out running late one night when he sees a menacing, seemingly supernatural, woman in a memorable red coat.  The next day he learns about her suicide and realizes it was Ashley Cordova, the daughter of the reclusive, avant -garde filmmaker, Cordova,...

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Jamie Delano
Ken
3

The biggest problem with this graphic novel is it's unevenness. The first story arc is good with John Constantine gaining the help of Papa Midnight to stop a hunger demon that possesses people and causes them to gorge themselves while still starving to death. Then there is a stand alone issue...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Joe Hill
Zac
4

“Every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes. Because it’s always possible she’ll make one with you.” -- Lou Carmody, NOS4A2

This story surprised me. I was super hesitant to even start it - I knew Joe Hill was Stephen King’s son, and had read some not-so-...

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Kate Karyus Quinn
Jennifer H
4

Annaliese Gordon has been reborn. Almost exactly one year after she disappeared, she has returned with no memories of the lost year. The last time she was seen , she was running out of the woods screaming and covered in blood. Everyone has questions, but Annaliese doesn't have answers. But she...

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Joe Hill
Becker
5

Vic McQueen can find things. With the help of her trusty bike and the Shorter Way Bridge (which collapsed in 1985, but lives on in her inscape), she can get to any lost object.  Throughout her adolescence, she travels the bridge, until she goes looking for trouble, and finds Charlie Manx....