Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part I

Psst, hello. You can find part two and part 3 in the links below:

Enjoy your read 🙂

Earlier this year I was on a mission. That mission was to find and read as many horror books by women that my greedy little eyes could feast upon.

My ultimate dream is to one day publish my own book of horror. I want to terrify and delight. Growing up I read the works of RL Stine, Christopher Pike, Stephen King. They’re all great do not get me wrong but it would have been nice to see representation in the books I was reading as well as diversity in the authors I read . There are certain ways that men describe women in books that can’t be overlooked and it’s cringe inducing at times.

There is a well known quote that goes something like:

“To be a good writer you must read a lot.”

And well…I read a hell of a lot. Hopefully some of the talent from these lovely ladies soaks into me because the dream.


I did a thread like this on my old twitter account and it was fun. This is segment 1 out of 3ish. I want to be able to tag all of the authors and unfortunately wordpress has a limit on tags before they phase ya out.

So without further delay

The Beginning

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest


Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he’s thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.

The crew finds a handful of surprises right away. Firstly, the place is in unexpectedly good shape. And then there’s the cemetery, about thirty fallen and overgrown graves dating to the early 1900s, Augusta insists that the cemetery is just a fake, a Halloween prank, so the city gives the go-ahead, the bulldozer revs up, and it turns up human remains. Augusta says she doesn’t know whose body it is or how many others might be present and refuses to answer any more questions. Then she stops answering the phone.

Right away, this book drew me in. I never knew much about salvaging. Okay, I knew NOTHING about salvaging so that alone was interesting and different to me. Throw in a haunted house and a graveyard and I





Cherie Priest weaves a ghost story inside a dilapidated haunted house like a goddess. Picture being trapped in a rundown estate with a pissed off phantom while a storm rages outside. Doesn’t it sound absolutely amazing er, terrifying? I read this in January during the frigid cold and I think a re-read is seriously in order. Cherie also has a new book out called The Toll and I haven’t picked it up yet but it is on my TBR list and I am much looking forward to it as well!

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc


Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

There is something to say about a book and its author when the prose scares you as much as the subject matter. The Grip of It is not the classic haunted house story. It’s not plagued with ghoulies and ghosties or cursed. It is haunted just because it is. It’s truly an enigma and it’s creepy beyond belief. It switches perspectives often between Julie and James and you are witness to their slow descent of madness. And honestly, if you lived in a house like that would YOU STAY NORMAL FOR LONG???

Ghost Camera by Darcy Coates


A small number of cameras have the ability to capture ghosts on film. This gift comes at a steep price; the ghosts are resentful and hungry, and the cameras offer them a rare chance to reach their favourite prey… humans.

Jenine didn’t know any of this when she found an abandoned Polaroid camera in a lighthouse. At first she assumes the ghostly shapes in the photos are a glitch or a prank – but then the spirits begin to hunt her down, and she’s forced into a deadly race to free herself from the camera’s curse.

Have any of ya’ll ever played the Fatal Frame games? They’re fun and by fun I mean they’re terrifying. It’s a japanese horror rpg and your enemies are ghosts. Your weapon of choice? A camera. You incapicate said ghosts with the cameras. Some if not all of these spirits are creepy as all hell and the games are dark and atmospheric and you wander alone in shambling mansions. It’s absolutely wonderful…

This book reminds me a lot of it. Since the existence of cameras have we not tried to get evidence of the paranormal? I know I have, I even have a video on my phone of something saying hello to me that I still refuse to listen to.

Darcy Coates is one of my favorite horror writers because she consistently churns out my favorite kind of content. Haunted places, ghosts, ghosts, and more ghosts. I can never tire of it honestly and if you’re as deranged as me I’m sure you won’t either. Be sure to check out her other work!

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant


Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

If you were to tell me that one of my favorite books of this year was to be about killer mermaids I would probably just stare at you. I mean I would accept it but I would have questions. A lot of them.

I don’t think I have the words to properly describe how much I loved this book and how it completely twisted the image of mermaids and sirens in my eyes.

The premise is original and clear. A crew sets sail to find out if mermaids exist or not. Sounds pretty easy right? Oh, my sweet innocent babies. We are heading into a blood bath. Mira Grant scares the hell out of me. She is relentlessness in her writing and I absolutely love it. I’ve talked about this book sooo often on this blog and that’s a sign of how great it is and maybe just maybe you should listen to me and uh…read it??? 🙂

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons


Thirty-something Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of the newly bustling Atlanta. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they’d believed would always remain undeveloped. Soon, though, they come to realize that more is wrong than their diminished privacy. Surely the house can’t be “haunted,” yet something about it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart.

This book whewwww. It was definitely its own kind of original haunted house Usually when a place is haunted it’s because someting has happened to the land, to the building. Murder has occured there and the energy is so strong, it LINGERS.

But here comes this evil so strong in this white ass neighborhood. I mean, it is intense. This was a great read and I went away from it with a lesson on my mind that I sadly cannot say because it’s a massive spoiler.

Aaand that concludes this part of Favorite Horror Books by Women!! I will definitely be doing a part 2 shortly because there’s so many more and I LOVE HORROR.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it!

Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you have read any of these fab books.

Later days!

Hugs and kisses

39 thoughts on “Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part I

  1. This is a fantastic post dearest Amanda!!! I love that you have highlighted female authors because definitely there is this distinct idea out there that female authors can’t write true horrors… and I am always here for anything that helps to subvert established tropes of a genre. Marvellous post :))))))) I look forward to part two <333


    1. emerrrrr thank you so much! that’s definitely so true! a lot of horror that i’ve read has been FROM female authors. we are absolutely terrifying and i am so ready for us to take over the world and establish complete DOMINANCE AHAHAHA.

      ty as always ❤

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  2. Awesome series! And much needed at this time of year. Love that you’re highlighting some older authors, for example some older Anne Rivers Siddons books are somewhere in my room and I keep forgetting to read her books sometime. Love these recommendations and mini reviews. 🙂

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    1. omg yes, after i read that book from her i was like…she is AMAZING. i definitely need to read more from her tbh. stephen king actually highlighted this book in his on writing memoir as well.

      thanks kitty my dear 🙂

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  3. This is a great post, Amanda! I am not into horror so I won’t dare go near these with my little chicken eyes but I love that you listed books written by women.

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  4. Great post, I haven’t read any of these books but I have read R’L’ Stine growing up 🙂 I haven’t that many books in the horror genre but I do like to get spooked and will keep an eye out for some of these. I love the fact you’re highlighting female horror authors, there’s still a lot of bias against women writing certain genres, and it’s great to show that women are very capable of creating great books like the well-known male authors. Good luck in your dream of writing a horror book one day, I’m sure you can do it! 🙂 ❤

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  5. Wow, thank you so much for this!! I need to read more horror books written by women, so this is a good tbr for me! I also have a dream of writing horror, I’m currently trying to write something now but it’s more sci-fi-ish with little spooks throughout. I’m starting small and working my way up LOL

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    1. ahaha thank you so much.

      yeah i’ve heard so many great things about mira grant. I have to read more of her stuff. into the drowning deep was my first from her and I was definitely impressed.

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