All of the time the people say to me: ‘Joe. Your stories are crazy spooky. They’re the bees knees! What else should I check out? I need to know!’ And I always tell them: ‘Well, this and that. These and those. You should read more horror because romance blows.’ Or something like that. (P.S. I’m sure romance doesn’t always ‘blow’, and it is a perfectly acceptable genre to write and enjoy.) Really. This is a thing. At least in my head it is. So, for those who ‘need to know’, here is my primer for modern horror fiction. (Just in time for Halloween Month!)

A little about the list: I went ahead and left out big names like Stephen King, Joe Hill, Peter Straub, and Dean Koonz. These are awesome authors who dominate the horror market, and I highly recommend checking them out. But if you want something that is a step beyond the mainstream, something fresh and different, my little list will set you in the right direction.

Suggested Reading for a well balanced Horror Diet


That should get you started. Feel free to add your own suggestions down in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for the next awesome read.

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