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Stephen King has the world by a thread with his novels. If you’re anything like us and can’t get enough of those adrenaline rushes that King so creepily weaves together, then these books are for you. Whether you like paranormal activity, or a couple of meddling kids getting into some trouble, you won’t be disappointed with these authors and stories. Maybe don’t read them right before bed—unless the dark and cold nights help bring these stories to life for you.
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun
After a car accident leaves him paralyzed and takes the life of his wife, Oghi wakes up in the care of his mother-in-law. Grieving the death of her daughter and blaming Oghi, she is neglectful of his care and Oghi’s life becomes a living nightmare as he struggles through pain and troubled memories. When his mother-in-law begins obsessively digging holes in the garden, Oghi desperately looks for a way to escape.
77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
Pendleton was built during the Gilded Age. For the past century, it has been the setting of murders, madness, and suicide. Now, whatever evil is within the house has awoken once again. The residents begin to hear phantom voices, shadows flicker across security cameras, and elevators suddenly plunge. As death once again begins to befall the residents of Pendleton, a secret also begins to unravel, a secret that could change humanity.
Heart-shaped Box by Joe Hill
Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. He already owns a cookbook for cannibals and a used hangman’s noose. So when he comes across an ad that boasts a ghost for sale, it is right up his alley. In a heart-shaped box, his ghost arrives — supposedly inhabiting a dead man’s suit. And sure enough, an old man emerges and follows Judas wherever he goes, watching and waiting to strike.
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
When Carl’s father dies, he inherits a house in a rich London neighborhood. He can’t exactly afford it, though, so he rents the upstairs living quarters to the first person he interviews. Letting Dermot Mckinnon live there was mistake number one. The two following mistakes were keeping the bizarre collection of homeopathic “cures” and diet pills that his father left in the medicine cabinet and then proceeding to sell them. When the friend he sells them to turns up dead, Dermot starts to blackmail Carl, and things only spiral downwards as Carl falls victim to something and someone he cannot escape.
The Lie by Hesh Kestin
Dahlia Barr wanted to change the system from within; that’s why she took the job when the Israeli national police approached her about a position of a government arbiter. She was many things: a mother, a soon-to-be ex-wife, and a successful Israeli attorney. Never did she think she would be the mother of a kidnapped son. When Dahlia’s son, Israeli Defense Force lieutenant Ari Barr, is taken by Hezbollah, Dahlia will have to come face to face with her long and complicated past, and make the one person who holds the key to Ari’s rescue talk.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
This is Scooby-Doo meets Stephen King in the year 1990. Years ago, four teenagers solved the mystery of an amphibian monster in Sleepy Lake. Now, the former teen detectives are completely lost. After one of their tragic deaths and the rest running from the demons that haunt them, the man they apprehended all those years ago is released for parole and all these years later, i’s confirmed: they got the wrong guy. This thrilling novel will bring the gang back together again, but can they find the right masked man?
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyomi
Dover, England has been home to four generations of Silver women: Anna, Jennifer, Lily and now Miranda. The women have a strong bond, one that defies time and space. So when Lily, Miranda’s mother, unexpectedly dies, things start to get weird—well, more weird than usual, as Lily finds herself starving and hearing voices. The Silver family house starts to emit the hostility the town of Dover has towards outsiders. Their lives have changed, and there’s no going back.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
First the teachers died one by one, then it began to infect the students. Nowhere to run on their island boarding school, cut off from the rest of the world, three best friends are living in quarantine. They say it’s coming from the woods, but it’s seeping into everything as they await a cure. When one of the girls goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her. She might just learn the darker truth behind their confinement and the life that they’re living at Raxter school.
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Creepily suspenseful, this novel follows a Japanese ghost looking for vengeance. If that isn’t enough to get you reading, then how about the line “I am where dead children go”? Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of those who have been murdered. It hasn’t brought her peace, though, so she’s still drifting on. Then she meets Tark, and boy-oh-boy does evil just scream his name. Literally, he has to be freed from the malevolence that lives inside of him, but if the demon dies … so does its host.
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
This urban and paranormal fantasy book will have you gripping for more of its eeriness. Danielle Cain feels like her best friend’s death was not from suicide, but she can’t quite make out what happened. In search for clues, she ventures to the utopian town of Freedom, Iowa. A protector spirit is beginning to switch sides on its summoners and this blood-red, three antlered deer isn’t taking Danielle’s arrival lightly. She realizes fairly quickly that she has to save the town—or at least get out alive.
The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox
In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life. When he awakens four years later, the world he once knew is struggling to come through—and his hallucinations aren’t helping. But Todd must start over, and that means making new friends. After a dark summer of firsts, these boys hold a secret that they promise never to speak of again. Twenty-five years later, the same boys, now all grown up, must face their haunting past when their memories refuse to align with reality and their lives are threatened at every turn. It’s either going to bring them together or make them understand the phrase “every man for himself.”
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Nothing is ever as it seems though. One afternoon, Wen is catching grasshoppers in the front yard when a stranger appears in the driveway. His name is Leonard and he’s very nice, that is until he apologizes to Wen and tells her that what happens next is not her fault. Three more strangers arrive, and neither Wen nor her dads can see what’s coming. Terrifyingly suspenseful, this is a tale of paranoia and survival that will shatter your fairy tale endings.
Parasite by Mira Grant
Good health is owed to a humble parasite, a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects from illness and boosts our immune system. But the parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives, and they do anything to get it.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Dr. Faraday is brought to Hundreds Hall to care for a patient. An old home that has belonged to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the mansion has become dilapidated. Within, a mother, son, and daughter reside. However, Dr. Faraday is about to find out that they are not alone. Something dark and sinister lies within the house, and it may be too late for him to get out.
Confessions by Kanae Minato
Yuko Moriguchi’s four-year-old daughter died on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches. Unable to stay there, she has tendered her resignation, but will first give one last lecture to students she believes were involved in her daughter’s tragic accident. She sets in motion a diabolical plan for revenge.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu
A masterful combination of the historical and the horrific, The Hunger follows the ninety men, women and children traveling West as members of the Donner party. Their journey seemed cursed from the beginning as misfortune after misfortune plagues the group. They also can’t shake the feeling that someone is stalking them. As they make their way into the mountains, something disturbing and hungry awaits them.