Horror books I love with Joshua Winning

Joshua Winning 

I write about cursed teenagers, talking cats and creepy villages, I love horror. Here are a few of my favourites.

One of my absolute favourites this year, this is a super-smart horror-thriller that plays like the sequel to a slasher movie we haven't seen. I tore through it like a demon, and didn't see the final twist coming. Loved.

This read likes a young Stephen King crossed with every '80s horror movie you ever loved. It's about a teen girl begins to suspect her friend has been possessed by a demon. It's funny, frightening and has poignant things to say about friendship.

By Joe Hill

A fantastic concept – guy wakes up to find he's grown a pair of horns. Hill writes characters really well, and although there are massive chunks of backstory here, the concept and climax are brilliantly done.

The Historian
By Elizabeth Kostova

When I first moved to London, I had a 90-minute commute to and from work. This book saved me, transporting me out of the stuffy tube into a fascinating, scary, globe-trotting adventure with a woman tracing the origins of Vlad the Impaler.

The Woman In Black
By Susan Hill

Obviously. I read this after watching the film but that didn't lessen its impact at all. If you want to read a ghost story that'll keep up you at night in cold sweats, read this one. It's all about atmosphere and permeating dread.

By Stephen King

This is the first King I ever read and I ate it up. I loved the style (particularly the use of articles and news stories), and Carrie White is a great character who King helps you understand before she commits her atrocities.


The Exorcist
By William Peter Blatty

Everybody knows the movie but it took me a while to read the book – I'm so glad I did because it's artfully crafted, with some great writing and a genuinely unsettling look at a family imploding. There's a reason it's a classic.

Witch World
By Christopher Pike

Before I discovered Stephen King, Christopher Pike was my gateway horror hero. This book about a teen witch felt like it was written for me, and was just so effing cool to a 14 year old who was trying to write his own scary stories.

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