Beyond Bestsellers: Horror

by Kimberly P.


A chill of the grave taints the air. Trees rattle, shuddering off dry leaves that crunch underfoot. An ever-present gloom settles over the horizon, concealing a menace that waits.

And hungers.

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest fear is fear of the unknown.” –H.P. Lovecraft

You’ve guessed it, participants, it’s October and we’ve reached our fourth Beyond Bestsellers theme: Horror!

Horror fiction explores mankind’s darkest fears. It evokes anything from dread to terror to disgust. It can be as tame as a comical ghost story, or a taboo, gore-filled monster survival quest.

Authors like Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Dean Koontz have long been powerhouses in the dark realms of horror, but Beyond Bestsellers is about stepping into the creepy cellar and finding out what’s down there.

If you’re feeling brave, survive our quiz* to uncover a new horror author to read.

Want to Read Now?

Our OverDrive simultaneous access titles for this month are the ebook Bird Box, and the eaudiobooks My Best Friend’s Exorcism, A Winter Haunting, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. There’s no wait and no fuss.

It’s not too late to participate! Sign up for Beyond Bestsellers and create your lists at any time before Nov. 30. If you’re new to creating lists, check out these easy to follow instructions, but don’t forget to include the Beyond Bestsellers header. (It’s what allows us and other participants to search for your lists.)

“Man is the creature he fears.” –Bird Box

I’ve ventured into the dark, dark room and have unearthed a few horror titles to get you started on your own sinister exploration.

*= Bonus points if you can guess which horror movie the quotes come from. Be sure to put your guesses in the comments box. I’ll reveal the answers on Halloween.

See you on October 15th, my ghouls and boos!

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9 responses to “Beyond Bestsellers: Horror”

  1. Lindsey A. says:

    I love the quiz, too, and the lists. I’ve really been looking forward to this theme! Right now I’m rereading “It” by Stephen King, after seeing the new film adaptation. I was lying in bed last night, in the dark, listening to the e-audiobook, and at one point I felt paralyzed with terror. Few books can do that to me. Meanwhile, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” is an entirely different brand of discomfort, but it’s one of my favorite books!

    • Kimberly P. says:

      You are so much braver than I! I’ve learned I can read horror books all day and be fairly alright, but something about listening to them, especially when there is a talented narrator, just adds an extra dimension to the experience that really ups the creep factor. I love it! But I haven’t been brave enough to try It at night, in the dark. And thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the quiz and I hope you find some more titles that you’ll enjoy.

  2. Isaac H. says:

    Great quiz! The Demonologist has on my reading list for a while, and the Ballad of Black Tom is one of my favorite modern lovecraftian tales.

    • Kimberly P. says:

      Thanks, Isaac! I *loved* the Ballad of Black Tom. It’s so well done that I couldn’t put it down, and it haunted me long after I’d finished reading it. You’ll have to let me know what you think of The Demonologist when you get around to it.

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