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The 10 Best Horror Books of 2022

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But at least the horror books of this year have been good scary and not fear-for-the-future-of-humanity scary

Horror novels, as always, remain a great way to escape from the terrors of real life

And as real life continues to be full of frustrating (at best) and horrifying (at worst) moments,

They made us hide under the covers at night and sleep with the lights on

But for me, the following books were the best horror novels released in 2022

My favorite thing about this list is that every book is so different

YA, adult, horror retellings, haunted houses, possessions, monsters, vampires, body horror, mushrooms…they’re all here

Jackson wrote my favorite horror novel of last year, White Smoke, and she’s back again with

Madison Washington is a student at a small high school in Georgia called Springville High

When a video that reveals the high school’s racism goes viral, Springville students know they have

And when Maddy reveals another one of her well-kept secrets, she’ll have a big surprise for

Vera hasn’t been back to her childhood home in years, but when Vera’s mother tells

I love reality dating shows and comedic horror, so this one really spoke to me

What they’re not expecting? Patricia, a woefully misunderstood creature who hides in the dark and is

Here’s another excellent new book from one of my favorite horror authors

But after he pushes things too far, Erin decides to end things with Silas once and for

Erin doesn’t believe in ghosts, but her grief and guilt for abandoning Silas leads her to

” But once Erin attempts to step into the real world, her visions of the dead refuse to

Definitely grab a hard copy of this book to keep, because the visuals of all of the

Never would he have imagined the coolest girl in school would join

But she was cool and she was his friend, so Art tried not to worry about it

That is, until decades later, when Art decides to write The Pallbearers Club: A Memoir

When this friend somehow gets her hands on the manuscript, she’s not too happy with what

Rob is trying desperately to escape the strangeness of her childhood, living in Sundial, deep in the

She can see it reflected in her oldest daughter Callie, who spends her days collecting bones and

It all feels too familiar, too much like the life she’s desperately trying to leave behind

But the things that happened at Sundial can’t remain a secret forever

Thirty-five-year-old Kari James is an Indigenous woman living in Denver who has spent most of her life

The bracelet calls up the ghost of Kari’s dead mother, but that’s just the beginning

Something else more sinister and monstrous is awakened as well

Now Kari must confront her past to discover what happened to her mother all those years ago

Now she longs to escape the difficulties of city life, but she sees no way out

As the newest bloodmaid at the notorious House of Hunger, Marion meets Countess Lisavet who presides over

Marion is eager to please her mistress, who is both charismatic and terrifying

But when her fellow bloodmaids begin to go missing, Marion realizes she must learn the rules of

The Hacienda is a gothic horror/suspense novel is set in the aftermath of the Mexican War

But her new home in Hacienda San Isidro is not entirely a dream come true

When Beatriz is left alone in the house while her new husband tends to work at the

So with that in mind, it seemed necessary to include this unforgettable story on the list for 2022

As their relationship gets more intense, both women discover just how far they’ll go (and it’

Want to take a look at some of the other super scary reads of 2022? Here are the