Top Ten Tuesday | My Horror TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is a Halloween freebie! I love Halloween, it’s my second favourite holiday after Christmas, and yet even though Halloween is something I’ve loved all my life I rarely watch horror movies and I read horror books even less. This is something I’d really like to change, so today I’m sharing my TBR pile of horror books.

If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

If you love horror – and even if you don’t – I also recommend checking out Books in the Freezer, a podcast devoted to horror fiction that I really enjoy.


Dracula by Bram Stoker: Despite studying this book at uni, I still haven’t actually read it. I’ve tried several times but I never get into it. I’m determined to read it, though, because I’m from North Yorkshire and I spent many summer days in Whitby – it feels wrong that I still haven’t crossed this off my TBR.

The Magic Cottage by James Herbert: Herbert is my dad’s favourite horror writer and he’s always recommending this book to me, so I need to get to it at some point.

She Walks in Shadows ed. by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles: You all know I love Moreno-Garcia’s work, and in this anthology she and Paula R. Stiles have asked women authors to rewrite/take inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft’s work.

The Sundial by Shirley Jackson: Jackson is probably my favourite horror writer, but so far of her novels I’ve only read The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I love the sound of this one, in which an eccentric auntie is allegedly told the date of the impending apocalypse.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill: I’m not the biggest fan of Stephen King, even though I wish I was, but his son is an author I’m always intrigued by. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this one and I love stories in which parents need to save their children from a danger they faced as children themselves.


The Witching Hour by Anne Rice: I’ve never read any Anne Rice and I feel like I’m missing out. I’m not all that interested in her vampire books – vampires aren’t really supernatural creatures that interest me very much – but a book about witches in New Orleans? Yes please!

The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements: This is described as a Gothic story set on the Yorkshire moors in the 17th century. Naturally, I need to read it.

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman: I first heard this book described as the product of a love affair between a horror version of Sleeping Beauty and a western, and since then I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything more.

The Italian by Ann Radcliffe: Ann Radcliffe is another author I’ve never read but would like to, and this book has always sounded very creepy and gives me The Monk vibes.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: I’ve owned this for years and still haven’t read it, so I need to get on that because anything that has a dark fairy tale vibe I am all over. Weirdly, I think my problem with this one is the time period it’s set in; I don’t tend to gravitate towards historical fiction set in the 20th century at all.

What did you talk about this week?

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | My Horror TBR

    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      I know, it sounds so cool, right? I would apologise for adding more books to your TBR, but I’m not actually sorry. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by, Shannon!


  1. Lisa says:

    Great list! (I didn’t do one this week, but I love your topic.) NOS4A2 is super scary — Joe Hill is incredible. I’m also a King fan, but Joe stands on his own. HIs books are so disturbing!

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  2. Lakshmi says:

    I haven’t read most of these but have been meaning to read Jackson for a while (only read some scattered short stories), especially now since Hill House is a show and I’m interesting. Good list!

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  3. Louise β˜† says:

    Dracula’s pretty tough to get through so I get what you mean. It took me a year to read it the first time I read it (I was 14 at the time though, haha). I was supposed to read The Italian for uni but I ended up skipping that one and just reading the notes instead πŸ˜‚

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