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13 Scariest Books of 2021

  • FICTION

    RABBITS

    JUNE 8, 2021

FICTION

RABBITS

by Terry Miles

A twisty, timey-wimey roller coaster that morphs seamlessly from treasure hunt to conspiracy thriller to escape room. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS

    JULY 20, 2021

FICTION

THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS

by Chuck Wendig

A grade-A, weirdly comforting, and familiar stew of domestic drama, slasher horror, and primeval evil. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BIG DARK HOLE

    JULY 6, 2021

FICTION

BIG DARK HOLE

by Jeffrey Ford

A collection of wonderfully creepy gems in which each story goes its own way, to frightening effect. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP

    JULY 13, 2021

FICTION

THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP

by Grady Hendrix

A bloody and grotesque but ultimately entertaining and inspiring take on horror movies, trauma, and self-determination. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    REVELATOR

    AUG. 31, 2021

  • FICTION

    CREATURES OF PASSAGE

    MARCH 16, 2021

FICTION

CREATURES OF PASSAGE

by Morowa Yejidé

Historic detail and mythic folklore forge a scary, thrilling vision of life along America's margins. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE DEAD AND THE DARK

    AUG. 3, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE DEAD AND THE DARK

by Courtney Gould

A complex and sophisticated thriller with haunting real-world connections. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE BURIED

    SEPT. 7, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE BURIED

by Melissa Grey

A compelling and grim new entry into an evergreen genre. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WHITE SMOKE

    SEPT. 14, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WHITE SMOKE

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Begs to be finished in one sitting, though maybe with the lights kept on. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    OUR LAST ECHOES

    MARCH 16, 2021

  • TEEN

    SMALL TOWN MONSTERS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

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