Slade House, David Mitchell: A haunted house that mysteriously “appears” within a labyrinth of back alleys once every nine years. The forays of different characters into the house are riveting, and I found the narratives deliciously spooky. The impact is frequently creepy and often startling.
The Institute, Stephen King: Best Stephen King book in years. The story was gripping, the characters were fascinating (and well developed) and the narrative had no false steps. The plot was creepy as hell.
Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt: Crafty, unnerving, and extraordinary. A 21st century tale of witchcraft.
Behold the Void, Philip Fracassi: Unusual and chilling stories. The last one is terrifying.
The Ritual, Adam Neville: Artic hauntings, disturbing Scandinavian folklore, and gut-wrenching horror. This was a riveting and unsettling read.
The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read: A deceptively complex ghost story with atmosphere and chills. I loved it.
The Loney, Andrew Michael Hurley: Suspenseful, original, and more than a little unnerving. But, be aware, it is not a traditional horror story. But it is eerie, strange, and atmospheric.
The Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay: A disappearance of a teenager. Eerie, unsettling, and devastating.
Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay: Updated take on demonic possession. Wonderfully conceived and executed.
Odd Adventures with Your Other Father, Norman Prentiss: This is a genre-bending, no holds barred novel combining horror, comedy, love, and coming of age drama.
A Cold Season, Alison Littlewood: This is quiet horror at its best. The tension is subtle but chilling. The kid portrayed in the book is a poster child for the ‘creepy-kid’ horror genre. The entire book is reminiscent of Rosemary’s Baby to some degree.