Best Horror Novels of 2020

If there is one feat I managed to accomplish in 2020, it was a lot of reading. A lot…according to my Goodreads account, I read over 400 titles in 2020. Reading has always been the ultimate form of escapism for me, and I really needed that during a year like this one.

Between the holiday posts and a few film blogs, it has been a while since I have shared some book suggestions. What better choice for the final blog post of 2020 than sharing my favorite horror titles published this year? I have hyperlinked the titles so you can check out these gorgeous covers and all the details of the books on Goodreads.

Remember, you can join me on Goodreads and see what reading excursions I am up to by following the link in the Social page!

Alphabetically by Author

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

If humanoid things freak you out like they do to me (but you kind of like it), this is the book for you. Written by Native American author Stephen Graham Jones (whose work should be on the reading list of any horror fan), this is a fever dream of a novel that will grip you from start to finish.

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The Deep by Alma Katsu

Do you like ghost stories? Historical fiction? How about those themes combined? This novel was a unique horror experience that chills you to the bone from the very first page.

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If It Bleeds by Stephen King

It’s no surprise that Stephen King made this list with the anthology he published this year. Comprised of four unique novellas (“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “If It Bleeds,” and “Rat”), If It Bleeds shows that King still has his unparalleled imagination and skill that has shaped horror and popular culture for decades.

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Horrid by Katrina Leno

This novel grabbed me from the very first line. Dealing with themes of grief, displacement, and mental illness, this story weaves a beautiful and terrifying experience that few others have managed. Also, I absolutely love roses, and this novel uses the symbol of the rose in ways I have never encountered before.

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This beautifully-written novel encompasses everything I love about Gothic literature. From the glamorous heroine to the eerie house at the center of the story, fans of the Gothic style will be swept away.

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Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

The first thing that struck me about this novel was its gorgeous cover, followed by that ultra-creepy title. The next was how exceptionally odd and unsettling this story is. Bursting with body horror and poetic renderings of the characters’ healing skills, this story is not for the faint-hearted.

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Happy reading! Stay tuned…exciting things are coming in 2021.

Until next time,

Jordan

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