Get your marshmallows ready and gather ‘round for these spooky tales.
No summer is complete without a good scary story or two, and just because the sun is out doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the darker side of literature! With that in mind, I’ve assembled a list of 15 horror gems from the last few years.
You should check out the whole list, but here’s my particular take on two of the titles!
Horrorstör takes place almost entirely inside a branch of the fictional “Swedish-style” big box furniture store ‘Orsk’, where strange things have been happening ever since the store opened – employees receive mysterious text messages that read only ‘help’, and things keep happening at night when no one could possibly be in the store.
Finally, the store manager has had enough, and convinces a couple of employees to stay in the store overnight with him and get to the bottom of whatever is going on. I don’t want to give too much away here, but I was surprised by the intensity of this book!
The night starts out at a reality TV level of creepy (in fact, the night that the manager decides to stay and guard the store, a couple of other employees sneak in to film their own ghost-hunters style video!), and I was lulled into a false sense of security by the tongue-in-cheek descriptions of life as an Orsk employee. But it all takes a very sudden, dark and violent turn; be prepared for some pretty gruesome deaths in this one!
I would recommend approaching Horrostör like a Final Destination movie – you’re going to need to simply accept some of the more flimsy plot devices (two employees just happen to sneak into the building the same night the manager gets a few others to take an overnight shift? And oh yeah, of course the building is located at the site of an old prison) because they are necessary conduits to get you to the action, which is satisfyingly horrific and entertaining enough to make it all worth it.
Lauren Beukes is one of my favourite authors out there today, and Broken Monsters might be my favourite of all her books. I’m not usually much for thrillers, but this one really got to me!
The main plot-line follows Detective Gabriella Versado as she tries to track down tries to track down a serial killer whose victims are being turned into taxidermic nightmares, their bodies stitched together with animal parts. Is the killer some sort of twisted, gruesome artist, or are there darker powers at play?
Meanwhile, Versado’s teenage daughter is getting up to same very creative mischief of her own, working with her best friend to entrap would-be sexual predators and publicly humiliate them.
Of course, these plot-lines inevitably converge, but to find out exactly how, you’ll have to read the book!
Broken Monsters is a very well-paced paranormal thriller with a strangely beautiful ending. I really do recommend it!
And of course, you should check out the other books on the list as well!
Have you read any of the books on our chilling campfire stories list?
Are there any other great new horror reads you’d like to recommend?
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Oh, and check out the rest of our recommended Adult Summer Reads Too!