Christie recently wrote an amazing post on revamps of classic horror (read it here!); I’d like to share 8 awesome books with a modern and edgy spin on horror.
Shutter by Courtney Alameda. This is a high-octane thriller-horror-hybrid with a wonderfully developed mythos and an excellent twist on Ghostbusters. I’m not easily freaked out, but Shutter accomplished its mission. Shutter: 1, Pam: 0
Survive the Night by Danielle Vega. This is an homage to Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer (yes, I know they were also books, but I’m talking the teen scream fest movies here!). This ticked all the right boxes for me and brought the horror from two different angles: a possibly psychopathic BFF and a very X-Files-esque sewer monster.
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus. Kraus pulls precisely zero punches with this hefty tome describing the adventures of a mysteriously reanimated corpse. Zebulon Finch reawakens at the bottom of Lake Michigan after being shot in the back, and travels across the country and across the sea in search of why he is what he is. Expect lots of necropsies. Oodles of them. I would recommend this one for mature teens.
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers. At first glance, this may seem like just another zombie book. While there are zombies in this book, Summers masterfully explores the internal horror of depression, abuse, and survival. Be sure to check out the e-book novella sequel, Please Remain Calm (now with 5000% zombies!).
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. Fans of Ringu or The Ring, please step right this way.
Extremities by David Lubar. A nice step up from the ubiquitous Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Lubar’s collection of creepy stories are truly gut-wrenching, mind-bending horrorfests. Nothing is too graphic, but often, the reader’s imagination is more than enough to compensate.
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz. If you had a chance to meet a reclusive film director in a mansion that featured prominently in his series of wildly popular horror flicks, would you?
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman. In one day, 12 people in a small town in the middle of nowhere are dead. And not just plain dead. I’m talking fiery crucifixion, smothering babies to death type dead. Dead. What happened here? Why? How? This is kind of a gore-fest but it also makes you question narrative reliability and sanity.