Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part II

Welcome back to the second installment of favorite horror books by women! You can find part one and three of this miniseries here:

First of all, thanks so much! I really wasn’t expecting all of the support towards the post and was pleasantly surprised. I had a lot of fun writing it and I’m really glad so many people actually read it. Cherie Priest even retweeted my post which made my WEEK so I am on cloud nine. I promise to not disappoint you all with this post!

Links to add the books to your TBR are in the titles. Just click and you will be directed to goodreads.

Okay 🙂 Let’s do it.

The Middle

I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Philip Roughton (Translator)

Synopsis: In this terrifying tale, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location. But they soon realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave. Meanwhile, in a nearby town, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide, the shocking truth becomes horribly clear.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by an Icelandic author so I’m glad this was the first one. Mystery inside mystery inside mystery is what you’re getting when you read this book. Oh and unrelenting terror mixed with a sinister ghost child lurking around. Ghosts are creepy enough but when they’re the ghosts of evil demon children???

I honestly have to re-read this again because it was so good and it made me RAGE and feel for so many of the characters. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is a fantastic author and writes desolation and places you and the characters in situations you could never imagine. I Remember You: A Ghost Story is perfect for an autumn and winter read. Whatever tickles your horror fancy.

The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

‘Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don’t do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.”

It took me way too long to read these two novels and I am angry at myself for it. ANGRY.

Synopsis:

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own

I feel that whatever I have to say about either of them won’t be enough because my words are dull and they are so profound but that quote from Hill House really stuck with me and will continue to stick with me for a long time because I understand it deeply. Throughout Hill House I felt so much for Eleanor and it scares me on a level but also calms me. I think reading this when I am at the height of my depression probably has a lot to do with it but who knows. I have to say I also liked the female characters a lot more than the men and I have no idea if Jackson wrote that intentionally or not but *shrug*

Also, yes I am a huge fan of the Netflix series. Love it actually but I’m not going to compare the two at all since I see not many similarities at all.

Synopsis:

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead…

Okay…this blew my mind away completely. I kind of guessed who the real culprit of the crime was right away just by the behavior and it didn’t sour my opinion of her at all.

There’s magic in this story as well. So subtle you wouldn’t notice unless you really paid attention.

I’ve read some of Jackson’s short stories in school such as The Lottery and she always manages to draw you in and hit you with a gut punch that leaves you breathless. She’s truly one if not the God of Horror and on this month we honor her.

Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas by Gemma Amor 

Synopsis:

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but supernatural curiosities brought it back. 

CRUEL WORKS OF NATURE is a collection of 11 horror novellas about strange and exciting supernatural encounters. Reality and the fantastic are blended seamlessly in these immersive tales, with plenty of mystery to lead the reader on a thrilling journey. Some stories are dark and macabre while others whimsical and lighthearted, together ensuring constant surprises and terrifying twists to keep you reading until the very last page. 

The problem I have with a lot of short story collections is that there is always a few stories that drag or that I simply will not like. This one? I loved ALL of them. They were simply wonderful, one after another and that is something so rare and the mark of true talent.

I think the first story has to be my favorite but trust me when I say that all of them are honestly so great. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall


Synopsis:
Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side. 

OKAY, can we talk about this creepy cover at first?? LOOK CLOSE. It’s a girl. You can see the hair and the hands and her body if you look close enough. It’s so cool and so creepy. I absolutely love it. I’m shivering honestly LOL.

I wrote a review about this at the end of last month and this is actually one of my favorite books of the year and one of the scariest books I read this year. You can read my review here:

Book Review: Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

You want to be scared this October. I mean that is the entire point of this month. This book is about roads and gates and possessions. There’s evil priests and demonic books. Monsters and the undead stuck in limbo. Kate Alice Marshall, when is your next book coming out?? I need it now. This was seriously fantastic you guys and SO perfect for a fall read under your nice warm blankets.

Where you are safe, sung, and sound 🙂

Come Closer by Sara Gran

A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that’s replaced by obscene insults. Amanda—a successful architect in a happy marriage—finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she’s doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.

The new voice in Amanda’s head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life.

It’s always fun reading horror books where the protagonist has your name. And by fun I mean it absolutely kicks the horror up another notch. Amanda is losing control of her life and she’s not sure why that is. She’s smoking again, she’s shop lifting, she’s flirting with strange men, and when she falls asleep at night she dreams of a woman. A woman with pointed teeth and a sea of blood.

She blacks out again and again and that’s when she decides to seek help, but help might be too little, too late.

This was scary to read. I’m usually not afraid of possession stories but this genuinely freaked me out because of the helplessness of the situation and also you’re never too sure of what’s going on. There is always the unreliability of the narrator as well but that is also what makes the book. Sara Gran weaves this horror story effortlessly and the end will leave you breathless.

Thank you for joining me for part II of my favorite horror books my women 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed this! Next week will be the 3rd and perhaps final installment. Please let me know if you enjoyed this in the comments and if you’ve read any of these books!

Later days ❤

Amanda

22 thoughts on “Favorite Horror Books by Women: Part II

  1. No. The point of October is not to be scared but to have an excuse to eat sweets that are meant to be for trick or treating children…. Or is that just me 😂😂😂😂
    Another wonderful post Amanda. Hill House and that castle book (yes I can’t remember the full name right now……) but both of those are definitely on my TBR… Everything else *runs away screaming in terror* 😂😂😂😂😂

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  2. LMAO I honestly can’t look at the Vanishing cover without thinking about my reaction to it, then thinking of Emer’s reaction to it and then thinking of your reaction to our reactions. And then I can’t help laughing–so I guess that’s a good thing for SUCH A TERRIFYING COVER?!

    Also, I kinda agree with Emer here–the point is not to be terrified, but I’m going to take a page out of your book and read things that will undoubtedly terrify me… I don’t know why. I’m a glutton for punishment!? Hahaha shit I literally just got chills thinking about these books and their content 🙃😂

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  3. This post is a fantastic idea to find recommendations and it’s great that you’re promoting female authors! I also loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle, so I’ll definitely take a look at The Haunting of Hill House. I hadn’t heard of lots of these so thank you very much for sharing 😊
    📕MP📚 X

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  4. How are we not best friends? Like seriously! This post is everything. Rules for Vanishing was a really fun, spooky read. I just added a bunch of stuff to my TBR – I have been looking at Darcy Coates for a bit now but hadn’t picked anything up – I will be soon! I literally stopped and bought Cruel Works of Nature was I was reading this post LOL

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    1. oh my god
      seriously you’re literally in my mind right now
      i’ve read like 5 of darcy coates books and I will never tire of her writing ever. cruel works of nature is FANTASTIC. I’m not even lying when I say every story is fantastic and rules for vanishing really scared me. LOL. where have you been all my life??

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  5. I love this series! I haven’t read We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but it sounds like it’s really good, and I’ll have to put a hold in for it! The cover for Cruel Works of Nature kind of squicks me out, but in a good way that makes me hopeful. It’s pretty rare to find an anthology where you love all the short stories, so it speaks volumes that you did! Another to add to my TBR. 😉

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