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11.22.63 by Stephen King
11.22.63
Stephen King
With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense. Stephen King's incredibly ambitious, heartstoppingly dramatic time travel novel, 11.22.63 is a riveting, high-stakes political story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2011
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
13 Minutes
Sarah Pinborough
Highly Recommended. More psychological thriller than strict horror I nevertheless wanted to include this because, primarily, it’s a wonderful book but also because it comes with genuine, if non-supernatural, thrills. This is a tight, claustrophobic and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/07/2016
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
20th Century Ghosts
Joe Hill
A debut collection of short stories which won the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award … Wow! He then went on to write the superb Heart-Shaped Box proving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2008
666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs
666 Charing Cross Road
Paul Magrs
Packed with vampires, the undead, eccentrics... 'Fast-paced, funny, clever and contemporary' - Metro
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2012
A Dark Matter by Peter Straub
A Dark Matter
Peter Straub
February 2011 Book of the Month. Straub, who once collaborated with Stephen King on a couple of now classic novels, has established himself as the master of contemporary literary horror. A thread...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
A Fistful of Charms
Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan is a witch and former bounty hunter who likes to kick some serious vampire, zombie and undead ass. She's sexy, sassy and one hell of a heroine. Kim Harrison has been a huge success in the US and...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 02/10/2006
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
A Head Full of Ghosts
Paul Tremblay
This is an expert, claustrophobic psychological horror story that throws you into the heart of an ordinary American family struggling to deal with something that starts off disconcerting and then inexorably spirals down into something inescapable and horrifying. Something that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2016
A Lick of Frost by Laurell K Hamilton
A Lick of Frost
Laurell K Hamilton
The newest instalment in the adventures of Merry Gentry, and just as enjoyable as its predecessors. This series really has something other supernatural erotica can lack, a plot that is even more exciting than the sex scenes. Following on directly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2008
A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
A Love Like Blood
Marcus Sedgwick
At the end of the Second World War Charles Jackson caught a glimpse of deeper horror, a man bent over a woman’s throat, drinking her blood. This image gives birth to an obsession that leads him across the years and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough
A Matter of Blood
Sarah Pinborough
The first volume in this relatively new British author’s Dog-Faced Gods trilogy is a revelation. A near future mystery set in a post recession world where financial chaos reigns soon veers uncomfortably into very dark territory indeed as DI Cass...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/02/2011
A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
A Shiver of Light
Laurell K. Hamilton
Ninth in the wonderful Merry Gentry series. The babies have finally arrived so Merry has far less sex than usual, but still manages to give a few earth-shattering blow jobs even if she can’t go all the way just yet. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Shiver of Light Book 9 by Laurell K. Hamilton
A Shiver of Light Book 9
Laurell K. Hamilton
Ninth in the wonderful Merry Gentry series. The babies have finally arrived so Merry has far less sex than usual, but still manages to give a few earth-shattering blow jobs even if she can’t go all the way just yet. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/06/2014
A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson
A Stir of Echoes
Richard Matheson
Madness is only a step away ...Tom Wallace is happy with his suburban lot. Until an evening of casual entertainment turns reality into nightmare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/08/2013
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Acheron
Sherrilyn Kenyon
This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone if you are new to Sherrilyn Kenyon. It focuses on the character Ash and explains his history which is pretty dark and disturbing but thoroughly absorbing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
Acolytes of Cthulhu by Neil Gaiman, S. T. Joshi
Acolytes of Cthulhu
Neil Gaiman, S. T. Joshi
A volume of twenty-eight works from modern masters such as Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and S T Joshi (Black Wings of Cthulhu), to famed storytellers including Jorge Luis Borges (The Aleph), Edmond Hamilton (The Star Kings), and Pulitzer Prize nominee...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2014
After Dead What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
After Dead What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse
Charlaine Harris
More of a glossary than a novel, this book explains what the future holds for dozens of characters in Charlaine Harris’s best-selling series. Featuring specially-commissioned illustrations of the inhabitants of Bon Temps and its surrounds, this is one for the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman
An English Ghost Story
Kim Newman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Film critic and speculative fiction author (and Neil Gaiman friend and collaborator) Kim Newman whose exuberant tales of the supernatural underworld, alternate Dracula tales and dizzying excursions...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2014
Angel of Death by J. Robert King
Angel of Death
J. Robert King
How can you resist a story about the Grim Reaper, falling for a female cop, who is investigating a serial killer, that Death, himself, has been following? Phew! A chilling suspense story that will take your imagination to another level.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
Angels of Music by Kim Newman
Angels of Music
Kim Newman
Kim Newman is perhaps best known for his wonderfully entertaining sequels to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which took the Vampiric Count into various eras of the twentieth century. Most notably, in Anno Dracula, identifying the true identity of the notorious...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2016
Anno Dracula Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman
Anno Dracula Johnny Alucard
Kim Newman
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Best known as an acerbic film reviewer and specialist of the arcana of exploitation cinema, Newman is also a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2013
Apartment 16 by Adam L.G. Nevill
Apartment 16
Adam L.G. Nevill
The night watchman of an upmarket London block is drawn to an apartment that’s seemingly been empty for over 50 years but in which he hears curious noises. In parallel a young American woman inherits a property in the same...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2010
Ash by James Herbert
Ash
James Herbert
Fear will let you in. Terror will keep you there.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
Beneath the Lake by Christopher Ransom
Beneath the Lake
Christopher Ransom
A family lake-side vacation becomes a summer to fear in the latest chiller from the master of domestic horror, Christopher Ransom. Some places are better left. Some secrets are better forgotten. Some people are better dead...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
Black Hills
Nora Roberts
A 2014 World Book Night selection. No. 1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Nora Roberts takes us deep into the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota where the shadows keep secrets, hunters stalk the land, and a childhood friendship matures...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2010
Black Juice by Margo Lanagan
Black Juice
Margo Lanagan
If you have any recollection of the brilliant novelist Angela Carter, then youâll be thrilled at this wonderfully powerful collection of short stories from a supremely talented author. If not youâll love the beautifully elegant prose which youâll savour long...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/02/2006
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound
Patricia Briggs
The second of the Mercedes Thompson series follows our heroine as she gets herself mixed up in mysteries and murder. Owing Stephan, the vampire, a favour means she finds herself caught up in a dangerous world but she is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2008
Blood Canticle by Anne Rice
Blood Canticle
Anne Rice
The wonderful Lestat is back as narrator, lusting after Rowan Mayfair as the Vampire and Witch chronicles continue to unfold.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2004
Blood Therapy by Lynda Hilburn
Blood Therapy
Lynda Hilburn
Wonderful premise explained in the first book in the series, The Vampire Shrink, Kismet is a psychologist who through a strange set of events finds she has become confidante to vampires, not that she believes in the paranormal! This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/12/2013
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Bone Crossed
Patricia Briggs
Number 4 in the Mercy Thompson series. The shapeshifter finds herself the target of a vampires wrath and even the protection of the werewolves may not be enough to save her. More supernatural action with a good dose of romance....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
Breaking Dawn - Twilight Saga Book 4 by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn - Twilight Saga Book 4
Stephenie Meyer
Winner of the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year 2009. Possibly the final book in the Twilight series, Meyer has yet to decide if she will continue the series after a draught of a possible fifth novel was...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/05/2010
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Simon Spanton, formerly Associate Publisher of Gollancz, the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK, joined the editorial team of Lovereading in 2016 with a brief to select and review the very best titles in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror including those he believes may become the stars of tomorrow. Simon is on Twitter. _____________________________________ Established names like Stephen King and new stars like Lauren Beukes alike have taken horror into the mainstream. And it’s no surprise why – we can’t help ourselves we love a good scare from the safety of our armchairs. But there are any number of authors out there ready and willing to confront you with your darkest fears and, if you’re lucky, take you through them and out into the light again.

There’s always a fresh take on whatever has scared us down through the years. Whether the dark thrills of the demons that haunt the paranormal romances of Cassandra Clare or the hunger of the vengeful ghosts and vampires of Joe Hill. Or the high concept terrors of Sarah Lotz’s work, the insidious chills of Adam Nevill’s urban horrors. Horror can be stealthy like the classic chills of Susan Hills’ ghost stories or screaming in your face like Max Brooks’ terrifying zombies. So step this way and let us put the frighteners on you; scares that are subtle and literary or full-on ‘slap the book shut and turn on all the lights’. Or scares of the best sort – where you don’t know WHAT to expect.

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