If you have a horror genre lover on your holiday list, have no fear! I've got you covered with some horror book suggestions for every type of reader. Check out my recommendations below and feel free to drop your own favorites in the comments. Happy shopping and reading!
1. For the psychological horror lover
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who will listen. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage is a true psychological horror that has a domestic setting. It focuses on a child with eerie, creepy tendencies. I really loved the quiet creepiness to this novel. It was such a rush and, although the ending wasn't my absolute favorite, this book is one that has really stuck with me.
2. For Stephen King fans
If you have a fan of Stephen King on your reading list but you feel like they've read all of his works, be sure to check out Stuart James. His writing style is right up there with the horror master. His books are well-crafted, have twisted plots, and have so many well-developed characters. I adore the book Turn the Other Way. Essentially, a couple sees a white transit van with two people in the bag with bags on their heads. The couple follows the van and is transported into a horrifying world at a farm house filled with terrors you can't even imagine. It has a Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe but with way more twists and turns.
Stuart James has a ton of other amazing books, too, so you're sure to find a book for any Stephen King fan on your list.
3. For fans of the paranormal/haunted buildings
What if a horrifying asylum existed in modern times?
The Redwood Asylum is about an insane asylum tucked away in a forgotten town in modern times. When Jessica, a new nurse, starts working there, she begins to realize the place is filled with secrets. As she tries to solve the mystery, she is drawn to the mysterious quality of the patient in room 5B. She begins to realize he is the secret to many of the sinister happenings at the asylum, but is it too late for her to get out in time?
In addition to the mystery in modern times, the book also dives into the haunted legends of the asylum. The stories about the building take on a life of its own and make the asylum its own character.
Fans of paranormal or haunted stories will love this book and the fact that several other books are written in this world.
If you want to try out Redwood Asylum before you gift it, you can download a free sample here.
4. For readers who like a slow burn
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is horror in a very introspective way. The terror is built completely psychologically as the girl who is lost in the woods tries to find her way out. I loved the chilling play with the themes of darkness and being alone. I also loved the subtle horror built into the character's mind.
This is a book that isn't always noted as King's best, so the reader on your list might not have read this. I also think it's a great gift for writers because it really is a wonderful study in craft and style.
5. Mark Edwards Follow You Home
If you have a Stephen King fan on your shopping list, this one will be another awesome choice. This super dark story of two travelers who get caught up in an international house of horrors will keep you flipping the pages. It is horrifying in such a dark way, you won't stop thinking about some of the scenes. I loved how dark and twisted the tale was, and I loved how it was told. The format kept you guessing the entire time.
This one isn't for the weak stomached as some of the scenes are very gruesome, but it's definitely one that stuck with me.
USA TODAY Bestselling Thriller author with Avon Books (HarperCollins), The Widow Next Door, The Diary of a Serial Killer's Daughter, and other creepy thriller books