Summer Horror Novels

We’re in the middle of summer, and it’s only going to get hotter before we finally enter our beloved autumn. One of my favorite summer activities is reading horror novels in front of air conditioning. Over the past few years, I have luckily picked up several great horror novels that take place during the summer and/or feature some classic summer activities (before things take a turn, at least). Escape the heat and sweat for different reasons with these hand-picked summer horror novels*.

*Yes, there’s a lot of Stephen King


Cujo by Stephen King

It may be hot outside, but at least it’s (hopefully) not trapped-in-a-broken-down-car-in-summer-with-a-rabid-behemoth-prowling-outside hot.

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

This lesser-known horror novel should be on everyone’s list, summer reading or otherwise.

IT by Stephen King

The children of Derry, Maine try to enjoy their summer vacation, but Pennywise the Dancing Clown has other plans.

Joyland by Stephen King

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit an amusement park designed by Stephen King? Look no further.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Trapped on the open sea among murderous mermaids is probably not in anyone’s summer plans, but it is fun to observe from an outside perspective. I highly recommend the audiobook for this tense novel.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Fans of Friday the 13th and other summer camp horror stories will enjoy this multigenerational suspense by the great Riley Sager.

The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons

Moral of this story: don’t go camping.


Until next time,


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