From Inside the House – read a psychological horror book
December 1, 2020
|The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell|
A brilliant young psychologist in 1935 Czechoslovakia takes a job with an asylum that houses Central Europe’s six worst murders, while a detective tries to figure out the mindset of a serial killer in Prague. As events escalate, those in the castle become more aware of someone or something else inhabiting their space. Lovers of thriller novels will enjoy the intricate and suspenseful plot that will keep them guessing until the end.
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Maggie’s father writes a sensational book about her family’s experiences and hasty exit of their haunted Victorian estate, which she eventually inherits. She doesn’t believe anything her father wrote, but when she decides to flip the house, she makes several alarming discoveries in the process. With its menacing tone and alternating points-of-view, this book will remind readers of both The Haunting of Hill House and The Amityville Horror.
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The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
A 10-year-old boy with high-functioning Asperger’s has an incident where he almost drowns, which leads him to develop agoraphobia. He begins to draw increasingly disturbing pictures of monsters, while his parents look for answers regarding the strange noises coming from the nearby ocean. This compelling novel unfurls itself through rich and evocative prose. You’ll want to examine every detail of this leisurely paced, but atmospheric book.
No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill
19-year-old Stephanie has run away from home and taken residence in a decrepit apartment building run by a sleazy manager. She’s been coerced into a horrible scheme by the manager’s brother, and she begins to hear people in the dark of her apartment that aren’t there in the light. Stephanie knows she must get out. Unlike most horror novels, the author sets up a world where you’re sympathetic towards the main character, which makes the supernatural elements even more jarring.
The Shining by Stephen King
Jack Torrance and his family travel to Colorado to be the winter caretakers of the Overlook Hotel. Jack sees this job as a deliverance from failure, Wendy sees it as a way to preserve her family, but Danny, who has the ‘shine,’ senses the danger lurking in the hotel. As they become trapped by a huge snowstorm, the supernatural horror intensifies along with Jack’s decline into insanity. This fast-paced book will bring you along for the ride and leave you reeling after its climax.
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Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Six writers answer an ad for an artist’s retreat, believing they will find a peaceful sanctuary to work, only to find themselves isolated in an old, cavernous theater. Convinced they will one day sell their dystopian nightmare for millions, you discover through the gritty, gruesome poems and short stories of the writers that they are going to extreme lengths to make their lives sellable.
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Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Guy Woodhouse, an actor, and his wife Rosemary move into the Bramford apartment building in New York City. Their elderly neighbors and their bizarre friends take a great interest in the couple. At the same time, Guy becomes distant from Rosemary. This is bad timing, as Rosemary, who is now pregnant, starts experiencing not-so-common symptoms of pregnancy, including extreme pain and horrifying cravings. This haunting, plot-driven novel throws a dismaying shadow over the mundane.
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Wonderland by Zoje Stage
Orla, a retired ballet dancer, and her family decide to move to a farmhouse in upstate New York. Upon arrival, increasingly strange and scary phenomena, which feels like it’s meant to keep the family on the property, affect her family. Orla, sick of all the attacks, seeks to find what is tormenting them. You will find your fear intensifying as you follow the family on their nightmare, bewitched by the author’s darkly lyrical writing.
The Apartment by S.L. Grey
A break-in at their Cape Town apartment has threatened Mark and Steph’s already fractured marriage. To reset their relationship, they take part in an apartment swap that takes them to Paris, but the strange sounds and unsettling tenants of the building lead them to question their marriage and their sanity. You’ll wish the author was far less descriptive when you experience this vacation gone awry.
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
When Julie and James have a small hiccup in their marriage to work through, they decide to relocate to a home outside of the town where they met. The house is a focal point for strange happenings that plague the couple, and together they embark on finding the source of their torment. Told in a looping fashion that examines everything from both Julie and James’ perspectives, this creepy and intricately plotted story will be sure keep you thinking long after you finish.