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Best Horror Books of 2022: A Review of the Year’s Most Terrifying Reads

Sleep Tight, You Won’t After These: Best Horror Books of 2022

Have you ever finished a book, stared at the ceiling in the dark, and suddenly felt the urge to sleep with the lights on? That, my friends, is the delicious terror that a truly great horror novel can deliver. 2022 was a vintage year for spine-chilling reads, offering a buffet of fear, from creeping dread to full-blown jump scares. So, grab your blankets (you’ll need them), and let’s dive into the books that made us want to sleep with one eye open.

Cosmic Horror: When the Fear Is Out of This World

Lovecraftian horror is having a moment, and 2022 saw some truly unsettling entries into the genre.

Things Have Gotten Strange by Mariana Salomé

Prepare for a descent into madness with Salomé’s debut novel. Imagine discovering your family history is intertwined with an ancient, unknowable entity, and you’re next on the menu. Yikes!

The Fisherman and the Abyss by C.M. Rosens

This nautical nightmare plunges you into the depths of the ocean, where the monsters aren’t just fish. This one will make you think twice about your next beach vacation.

Haunted Houses: Because Who Doesn’t Love a Good Creepy Mansion?

Sometimes, the scariest things aren’t lurking in the shadows, but built into the very walls around us.

The House Guest by Charlotte Nort

Nort delivers a chilling story about a historic house with a dark past and an even darker present. Expect unsettling whispers, flickering lights, and enough tension to power a small city.

Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn

Ahlborn invites us into a seemingly idyllic home that hides a sinister secret. Let’s just say, you might want to get your walls checked for more than termites after reading this one.

Folk Horror: Where Fairytales Turn Deadly

Remember those bedtime stories that used to soothe you to sleep? Well, these ain’t those.

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Burge weaves a tale steeped in folklore, where ancient legends come to life with terrifying consequences. This book is a stark reminder that the woods are lovely, dark, and deep… and sometimes, you really shouldn’t go in them.

The Bone Weaver by Aden Polydoros

Polydoros gives us a chilling reimagining of Greek mythology, filled with vengeful deities and bone-chilling rituals. You’ll never look at a tapestry the same way again.

Psychological Horror: Where the Real Monster Is Your Own Mind

Prepare for a descent into the darkest corners of the human psyche. These books will leave you questioning your own sanity.

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Wendig crafts a disturbing narrative where reality blurs and the lines between good and evil become chillingly ambiguous. This one will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Jones delivers a visceral and emotionally charged story about a woman battling her demons – both internal and external. Brace yourself for a powerful exploration of trauma and the monsters we create.

So, there you have it: a glimpse into the horrifying delights of 2022’s best horror novels. What were your favorite scary reads of the year? Share your thoughts in the comments, and let’s keep the conversation going!