My Top Twenty Horror Books of 2022
My Top Twenty Horror Reads of 2022
The following books are my top twenty horror reads in no particular order. This has been a great year for horror I have read only a fraction and can't wait to find more gems to read. Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments section.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..."
Ancient beautiful Manderley, between the rose garden ad the sea, is the county's showpiece. Rebecca made it so - even a year after her death, Rebecca's influence still rules here. How can Maxim de Winter's shy new bride ever fill her place or escape her vital shadow?
A shadow that grows longer and darker as the brief summer fades, until, in a moment of climatic revelations, it threatens to eclipse Manderley and it's inhabitants completely...
Rebecca is a gothic masterpiece, a book that I make a point of reading each year, it's one of those rare magical books that seems to change with each read.
Slash-Her : A Women of Horror Anthology
The Burning Girls C.J.Tudor
Bottled by Stephanie Ellis
Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson
For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In "Persistence Hunting" a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In "When Susurrus Stirs" an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson's work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply- felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of todays most daring and thrilling writers.
Featuring the best of his previously independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never before published novella "The Sleep of Judges" - where a father's fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind bending suburban nightmare. Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humour, heartbreak and terror of JRJ's strange new worlds.
Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
Reluctant Immortals by Gwendolyn Kiste
Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper
Below by Kev Harrison
Marionette by Antonia Rachel Ward
Marionette is an erotic horror novella inspired by traditional folk tales and set in fin de siecle Paris
Midnight in the Pentagram edited by Kenneth W.Cain
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
Awake in the Night by Shauna McEleney
Jessica and Nicole think they've finally found their dream house- by the sea, in the West of Ireland. 17 Montpellier Street has history, character...and so many rooms you could easily lose your way if you don't tread carefully.
It has memories, too - so many memories. The new owners haven't learned them yet. But the girls who lived there decades before, when the church used Montpellier Street to hide away its secrets- they've never forgotten.
The ones who survived, anyway.
Montpellier Street remembers everyone of those horrors those girls suffered at the hands of the priests, nuns and doctors who should have been their carers. And Jess and Nicole...they're about to start reliving them, night after night.
Sleep may never come easily again.
This is Where We Talk Things Out by Caitlin Marceau
Sundial by Catriona Ward
Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street.
You can't escape what's in your blood...
All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it too; a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. But Rob fears for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of a family she left behind.
She decides to take Callie back to her childhood home, to Sundial, deep in the Mojave Desert. And there she will have to make a terrible choice.
Callie is worried about her mother. Rob has begun to look at her strangely, and speaks of past secrets. And Callie fears that only one of them will leave Sundial alive...
The mother and daughter embark on a dark desert journey to the past in the hopes of redeeming their future.
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
Piece of Me by Steve Stred
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred.
Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.
They never returned.
Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.
Iron Maidens by Sarah Jane Huntingdon
A 13 story collection of twisted tales, all featuring Killer women.
Supernatural creations hell-bent on revenge.
Cosmic terrors from beneath the surface.
Women with unusual afflictions.
The kind housewife with a collection of pickling jars.
The beginnings of a serial killer and more.
Villains, Vigilantes, Voyeurs and Vengeance.
You won't forget these women in a hurry