There is always room for new horror books, no matter what time of year it is. But fall is right around the corner, which means Halloween is just around the corner as well. There is a reason for this. You should start reading new horror stories all over your TBR pile now. This is good news: Horror novels have had a great year in 2021 (yes, I went there). When it comes to scary stories, there’s a book out in 2021 that’s going to be perfect for you!
People who like scary movies can see them here now. This is a list of 18 of the best new horror novels that aren’t in any particular order. They’ll keep you scared for years to come. A black cat, candy corn, and one of these books will make you feel like Halloween all year long.
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
You can enjoy Catriona Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street best if you don’t know anything about it before you read it. If you want to know more, I’ll tell you that there’s a creepy abandoned home. There’s also a man who has many secrets and a black cat named Olivia who lives in the house. This house is going to shock and chill you to the bone. Bonus: Some parts of this book are told by the cat. If all of that sounds very weird to you, it is! But it all comes together to make a good and scary story.
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
This book is great for people who like horror stories that make them feel afraid from the very first page. You won’t want to miss out on The Book of Accidents. A couple named Nathan and Maddie return to their old home town, where they live now with their son, Oliver, in this book. Now, the things they thought they’d left behind in their pasts have come back to haunt them. Oliver has also made a new friend: a boy with a dark past and a love for dark magic.
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Here’s a book that’s about ghosts and gothic horror. Yes, I’m in. This is the story of Andrew and Eddie, two friends who used to do all of their work and fun things together. In the end, Eddie goes to graduate school at Vanderbilt. Six months later, he dies by what is thought to be suicide. Andrew, on the other hand, isn’t so sure. As he looks for the truth behind his friend Eddie’s tragic death, Andrew will learn things about Eddie he never knew. There’s also a phantom that wants to eat Andrew in the dark.
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
No, it doesn’t make sense to get married in a haunted house in Japan on a trip. That’s what the friends in this short story thought. The foundation of this Heian-era house is made of the bones of a bride, and the walls are filled with the bodies that were sacrificed to her. To celebrate a friend’s wedding, a group of friends go to the mansion. Fun, games, food, and drinks quickly turn into the worst nightmare they’ve ever thought about for them. A scary house story is not the same as a normal one, and you haven’t read all of them. This one will shock you.
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
My Heart Is a Chainsaw makes the slasher genre even more scary and scary. Think of Shirley Jackson and Friday the 13th together, and you’ll get this picture. Jade Daniels doesn’t fit in with her small town. Because her life wasn’t perfect, her only way to deal with the bad things that happened to her was to think about the good things. You’re right. There are a lot of scary movies. It might not be enough for Jade to know everything there is to know about horror, though, when a real-life masked killer comes to her town. This book is both a page-turner and an in-depth look at gender roles, colonization, American politics, and more.
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Even in 2021, we still think of vampires in the same way that we did when we read Dracula. Then, taking on this famous story and making it even more queer and even more dark? The author of the book A Dowry of Blood did that. This book is written from the point of view of Constanta, one of Dracula’s brides. In the beginning, Constanta is attracted to the person who saves her from death and turns her into an undead person because he is so kind. But the more she learns about him, the more she realizes that her beloved is capable of doing things that she never thought possible.
Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman
For people who are interested in the Satanic Panic, this new horror novel is based on a true crime story: the McMartin preschool trials. This book is based on a true crime story. Whisper Down the Lane is set in part in the 1980s, at the height of the Satanic Panic, when a lot of people were afraid of the dark. As a 5-year-old boy, Sean told a lie that changed the life of the person he was lying about. Sean hasn’t been around for 30 years, but Richard has. Then he’ll pay for Sean’s lies.
Goddess of Filth by V. Castro
This book is a feminist horror story that also happens to be scary as hell. A hot summer night is the start of everything that happens. Lourdes and Fernanda and Ana, Perla, and Pauline decide to hold a séance. As soon as Fernanda starts to act weird, they all think it’s just a bit of fun. She crawls on the floor and chants in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors. When she acts weird, it doesn’t stop there. A lot of things happen in the next few weeks that make Fernanda seem like a completely different person. There is a local priest who is sure that Fernanda is possessed by a demon. Lourdes thinks it could be something much more powerful. And more dangerous, too.
A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan
Pick up a copy of A Touch of Jen if you like your horror with a lot of humor and satire. They are Remy and Alicia, two people who aren’t really in love with each other because they love Jen. This is the story of how they came together because they love Jen. Jen used to be Remy’s coworker, but now she’s going after her dreams and becoming an Instagram influencer and a jewelry designer, so she doesn’t have to go back to work. As soon as Remy and Alicia run into Jen and she invites them on a surf trip, they’re over the moon! A trip that began as a journey to self-realization quickly turns into a horror movie.
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
In this book, Scream meets One of Us is Lying. How did it go? Creepy and very hard to put down. The Mary Shelley Club is a young adult horror book about a group of students at Manchester Prep School who aren’t who they seem to be. The club has a secret goal: to come up with a truly scary prank that will scare their classmates. It’s all fun and games until someone starts to attack the Mary Shelley Club itself.
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
How do the girls in movies like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street feel when the killing is done? It doesn’t seem to. Is it ever possible for them to live normal lives for the rest of their lives? Lynnette Tarkington, a real-life finalist, hasn’t been able to move on, but at least she has a group of other finalist girls who she has been meeting for more than a decade. As soon as a meeting is missed, Lynette knows her worst fears have come true. It looks like the killer is back, and he or she is going to kill all of them.
Near the Bone by Christina Henry
I like horror stories that make you think about which kind of monsters are worse: supernatural creatures, or the monsters that live inside us? She has lived on a mountain with William as long as she can remember. A: She knows that she can’t make him angry. She also knows that the two of them are on their own. So she thought that. In the woods, Mattie starts to think that there is something else out there that isn’t safe.
Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé
It is a new horror book called Creatures of Passage, set in Washington, D.C., in the 1970s. It has a lot of things in common with Toni Morrison’s book Beloved. She’s not your average taxi driver. As soon as the car is called, Nephthys must use it to drive ill-fated people all over the city. The car has a ghost in the trunk. On top of going to work, she spends her days mourning the death of her twin brother, who was killed and dumped in the Anacostia River. As soon as her nephew shows up on her doorstep with a mysterious note about the River Man, things change.
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Rivers Solomon’s latest novel mixes sci-fi, fantasy, and gothic horror to create a story unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced. A woman named Vern is seven months pregnant. She wants to leave the strict religious compound where she was born and raised. To avoid the outside world, she runs away. In the forest, where she gives birth, she has twins and plans to raise them far from everyone else. But to truly escape, Vern will have to fight hard against the community that refuses to let her go, all while her body is going through inexplicable and horrifying changes.