Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.
This week’s theme is Halloween Freebie. I thought for a bit about what I wanted to do with this and I thought I’d list some of my favorite horror/thriller type books and then some books not necessarily in the horror genre that still give me spooky vibes that I want to read. Enjoy!
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant – I read this book last fall and absolutely loved it. It was creepy and atmospheric and full of genuine scares and I was glued to the page, start to finish. Not to mention Murder Mermaids. How could I not be on board with that?
The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates – This is one of those books that I ran across that made me feel like I’d be in physical pain if I didn’t get to read it immediately. Of course, that is ridiculous, but that didn’t stop me from gobbling this book up with enthusiasm. It was more atmospheric than jump scare which I wasn’t expecting but I still loved it.
The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) by Dot Hutchison – The Butterfly Garden is one of my favorite horror/mystery reads. It is a rather intense book that contains a lot of topics that many people would find triggering so I understand if this is one you would rather steer clear from. It is so hard to describe this book without being spoiler but know that I very much enjoyed it but it certainly has some dark topics as well.
His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler – I have adored Edgar Allan Poe for many, many years. One of my prized positions is a collection of Poe’s stories, essays, and poems published in 1904 I believe. When I saw that there was a collection of Poe’s stories reimagined I was very much interested. This book is sitting on my wish list and I hope to be able to scoop it up soon.
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – From what reviews I’ve seen, the official Goodreads description of this book is a little sketchy. For instance, that description doesn’t even mention vampires but it comes up in every review! So, of course I am interested. I spent my teenage years reading about Anne Rice’s Lestat so I have a soft spot for vampire stories.
Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers – “Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters…” just the first line of this description is enough to pull me in. Just reading through the reviews of this book it sounds dark, violent, and absolutely engrossing. I’m mildly ashamed to say that I own a copy of this but, despite by obvious interest in it, haven’t read it yet because it is over 500 pages and I have the attention span of a toddler.
I don’t often read horror novels but I love when horror elements are introduced in a fantasy novel. It makes my dark little heart happy. Do you know of any good dark fantasy? Let me know in the comments!