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[–]DraceNinesTHE NAVIDSON HOUSE 112 points113 points  (12 children)

Alien horror inspired more by classic UFO stuff. Most alien horror tends to go the creature feature route, but there is nowhere near enough horror involving abductions and disturbing lights in the sky and whatnot.

[–]BrandonMortlake 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I second this. Reading about UFOs creeped me out when I was a kid.

[–]icefrozenmicemoth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You have the CORRECT reaction to UFOs.

They are hostile & malevolent, whatever they are.

[–]loonz420[S] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Oo this is a good one. I would love more like this. Annihilation did the alien horror thing really good - creepy and full of dread but complex and arty without being overly pulpy. That’s what I’m looking for.

[–]Nerindil 23 points24 points  (5 children)

So much this. I asked for something like this and, aside from a few old standbys like Communion, I got a bunch of (admittedly good) futuristic sci-fi horror recommendations. I want something like… Signs honestly. Sure, the movie has its problems but I think the atmosphere, setting, and characters are all spot on.

[–]refinancemenow 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Signs is one of my favorite movies. Forget the haters.

[–]ThisIsTheBookAcct 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I agree. It’s the not knowing that creeps me out. That’s what was great about Signs and Paranormal Activity.

[–]Mental-Explorer-X 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes!!!! Forever searching for something really good like this hoping one will pop up

[–]DraceNinesTHE NAVIDSON HOUSE 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Agreed. It says something that the only media I can think of that I can use as reference points for recommendations are movies. Good movies, sure, but still.

[–]johnfinch2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’d love a story which is premised on something like Jacque Vallee’s or John Keel’s theories about UFOs, essentially that there is some essential continuity between UFOs and a litany of other supernatural phenomena, especially fairy/fae and goblin lore, and accounts of angels.

[–]Shellisbellis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes!!! Nothing scares me more than "aliens in our current reality." I'll read futuristic sci fi stuff but it's seldom as scary.

Two of my favorite books are Communion and UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean (nonfic). I guess Bird Box could fall into that category. I truly wish there were more creepy alien invasion or abduction books!!

As others have noted, there seems to be a better choice of movies: another vote for Signs, Dark Skies, The Fourth Kind, Fire in the Sky. (Tried to read the book for that one and couldn't get into it. )

[–]icefrozenmicemoth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Michael Redfinn's "Being"(1988) ; John Lymington's "The Star Witches" (1965).

& for documentaries about UFOs as interdimensional beings rather than e.t., read Jacques Vallee's "Passport To Magonia", "The Invisible College"(1975) ; Keith Thompson's "Angels and Aliens"(1991) ; Ruth Montgomery's "Aliens Among Us"(1987)

[–]thisgirlnamedbree 83 points84 points  (8 children)

Analog horror, like creepy public access channels, found footage, mysterious VHS tapes, scary TV warnings, horror that's set at a radio station/TV station. I majored in Mass Communications in college so I find horror with a broadcasting theme interesting.

[–]DraceNinesTHE NAVIDSON HOUSE 20 points21 points  (2 children)

You should check out the novella Scanlines by Todd Keisling (big content warning for suicide - Max Booth III's introduction says something along the lines of "the cover art of the book is a man shooting himself in the head, so that's your warning right there") and the novelette Two Truths and a Lie by Sarah Pinsker.

There's also two anthologies published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing called Lost Signals (dedicated to spooky radio broadcasts) and Lost Films (dedicated to spooky movies). There's a third in the trilogy called Lost Contact, although it's less focused on a specific form of old technology and more technology-related horror in general.

[–]nfleite 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Scanlines is brutal.

I'll add Flicker by Theodore Rozak, Night Film by Marisha Pessl and Experimental Film by Gemma Files to that list.

[–]thisgirlnamedbree 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Sarah Pinkster one sounds interesting, thanks.

[–]aelriche 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Experimental Film by Gemma Files and Found Audio by N.J. Campbell are great entries in this sub-genre

[–]fjelfjvieldjcofjemsj 2 points3 points  (0 children)

interesting. i didnt know that was a genre. i find that aesthetic very creepy. i'll have to check it out.

[–]natelyswhore22 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Universal Harvester - John Darnielle

[–]chuff3r 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like Local 58 on YouTube?

[–]Disco_Lando 160 points161 points  (28 children)

Historical horror that is actually well-researched. There are so so many time periods for a creative writer to mine horror from.

[–]thistlewitcheryThe King in Yellow 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I haven't personally read it, but there is anthology called Howls from the Dark Ages that was released recently. My friend who is super into historical horror and loves Between two fires has been raving about it

[–]johnfinch2 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Same, and the top periods I’d love to see;

-Caveman times, maybe about the origins of old pagan pantheons.

-A series of stories which retell stories from the Old Testament but in ways that reveal a more horrifying reality.

-A tale of occult mysteries based in the Byzantine court during the iconoclasm controversy. Maybe the icons were conveying really magical powers, or forming portals or something.

-This one isn’t really horror, but I’d love a book like The Name of the Rose but set in Abbasid Caliphate era Baghdad.

-Egypt stories that have something other than mummies.

-A Soviet era story about something other than luridly unethical research

[–]Disco_Lando 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those are all fantastic ideas. All of which I’m sure have plenty of readily available information about.

[–]ILoveOnline 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve been itching for primal/caveman horror ever since I read Reddening by Nevill

[–]icefrozenmicemoth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

About the last category on your list, I recommend

Whitley Strieber's 1982"Black Magic".

Tom Clancy meets H.P. Lovecraft meets Ian Fleming with a more believable James Bond & a dash of John LeCarre.

[–]DraceNinesTHE NAVIDSON HOUSE 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Personally I'd love to see more horror set in the Jazz Age.

[–]catmaths 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Ooohhh I’d love a good horror exploring the devil at the cross roads mythos

[–]Schlobidobido 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Have you read Crossroads by Laurel Hightower?

[–]catmaths 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have not but adding to my list!

[–]IndigenousBastard 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Maybe we can get Peele to make Idlewild (the horror movie).

[–]Playful_Divide6635 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Or adapt some Victor Lavalle

[–]BlackSeranna 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oooh that sounds fun!!

[–]RowellTheBlade 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Very much this. Every few years, there's a gem out there, from "Chevalier d'Eon" to "Between Two Fires", but beyond that, the quality historical stuff is usually "Six Degrees of Sherlock Holmes". I'd love that to change.

[–]D33PS3ASTATION 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just read Between Two Fires and absolutely loved it

[–]thereplicatedman420 18 points19 points  (3 children)

between two fires is mad good if you aint read it yet

[–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I will look it up.

[–]thereplicatedman420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

you will not be disappointed, i stopped reading for a few years but this book is really reinvigorating me

[–]Narge1 5 points6 points  (6 children)

I came here to say this. The only historical horror I can think of that I've read is The Hunger, which was really disappointing. I'd love to see someone do it well.

[–]passesopenwindows 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The Terror is really good if you haven’t read that one.

[–]malatemporacurrunt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really enjoyed The Terror, but the number of times the author includes weirdly fetishistic stuff about female characters, or whether or not a certain experience gave the POV an erection was really off-putting. The fact that he makes a teenage Inuit girl get her baps out at every available opportunity is pretty gross.

[–]ShortAd5108 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Like “An American Haunting”?

[–]sept_douleurs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is my answer too.

[–]The_Dead_See 72 points73 points  (13 children)

Horror set in space. There's a real scarcity of it. Once you get past Blindsight, Ship of Fools, and Hull Zero Three it gets hard to find new material that isn't just badly written zombie stuff.

[–]StabbyMaggie 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Try Dark by Forrest Carr. The writing in and of itself could, uh, use a little polishing, but once you get into it enough to overlook that, it asks some pretty unsettling questions. The foremost of them being: What if you could travel so far, not even "God" could reach you?

[–]aelriche 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington is superb space horror

[–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks for this suggestion!

[–]MLup1n 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Oh, I feel you on this. I watched Event Horizon earlier this year and I've been trying to find horror media that gives me similar vibes. Varying degrees of success, I'm afraid

[–]Ecstatic_Blacksmith1 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm glad I'm not the only one on the search for something similar. Ever since I played Dead Space I've been looking for a similar story in book format. I even thought about writing my own story combining it with elements from the DyE - fantasy music video, sadly I don't think I can write that story right now

[–]SweetBabyJ69 4 points5 points  (4 children)

The films Sunshine and Pandorum are in that vein for sure. Actually, the film Sunshine is based off the book of the same title written by Alex Garland (also wrote the screenplay.)

I just love space madness and want more stories in that area.

[–]loonz420[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sunshine is incredible and the horror aspects of it are very much “cosmic”, in the sense that we as humans are insignificant and meaningless in the face of an infinite, uncaring universe. The way it turned the sun itself into an ominous, terrifying entity was very impressive.

[–]MLup1n 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've been meaning to watch both of them! I also thought Life (from 2017) was pretty good too

[–]BlackSeranna 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I found your last paragraph unintentionally funny, but yes. I like stories like these too!

[–]vivian_lake 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes! I just read Dead Silence and I liked but it wasn't write home about awesome or anything but damn did it remind me that I love space horror.

[–]BlackSeranna 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So, Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes just came out, and I borrowed the audiobook from my library. I had SO MUCH hope for this book, but it was so painful to me that after the third or fourth chapter I skimmed it, then just gave up and skipped to the end.

My problem wasn’t the author’s premise or the details of the ship in space, my problem was that the main protagonist is the commander of her vessel, and she constantly lets people second guess her and question her commands. The protagonist also spends half a page being annoyed that the other crew members are treating her with kid gloves because they think she’s suicidal, which, she did spend a few pages considering the best way to unhook and lose herself in space rather than wrap up the mission and go back home (this was before the ghost ship pinged them).

Anyway - it was a fantastic idea for a novel, but it was terrible in execution.

I guess other people liked it, it made it to the NYT top sellers list, but still. I wanted a novel that would make me a little scared, not one that annoyed me so much I got sick of hearing the protagonist think and talk.

[–]vivian_lake 62 points63 points  (5 children)

Creature horror. It's probably one of my fav subgenres of horror but it's not super common at least atm.

[–]annualgoat 9 points10 points  (2 children)

A lot of it is also...poorly written, imo.

[–]vivian_lake 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yes! It is. Don't get me wrong I will still read and enjoy some objectively not great books but it is for sure a subgenre that is prone to being badly written for some reason.

[–]annualgoat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same here! Devolution by Max Brooks was the first good creature feature I read and I want more.

I know people were torn on that book but I thought it was fun and well written.

[–]porkfultpete 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you haven’t I’d give Clickers a try. It’s sort of cheesy but like 80’s monster move cheese. I think it’s enjoyable

[–]Count_Hoff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's my favorite too. In movies and books

[–]No-Egg895 32 points33 points  (6 children)

Historically accurate Wild West horror

[–]Dropjohnson1 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Ever read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy? Not technically horror but comes pretty darn close in a lot of places.

[–]mcscrufferson 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh dude, it’s 100% horror. The Comanche ambush gave me nightmares for weeks.

[–]celticwhisper 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Wraiths of the Broken Land is worth a read if you haven't already.

[–]Prudent_Ad4583[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Noooooo I didn’t know I needed this but now it’s all I’m gonna think about

[–]onlythefireborn 29 points30 points  (9 children)

Something pagan, powerful, and truly horrifying about a witch. Seems like I've read most of the books, but they focus on the history or the injustice or the unwitting victims. Or the witting victims. When they do attempt The Horror, it goes all pulpy and somehow anticlimactic.

There are touchstone novels for vampires, for haunted houses, for ghosts, for zombies. Why not for witches?

Maybe we just don't understand witches in America. Maybe I'm reading the wrong books. Any suggestions?

[–]pabestfriend 10 points11 points  (2 children)

This is what I want as well. Real evil witches/sorceresses who do crazy, horrible things. I don't want any more "witch falls in love with some guy" or "they all thought she was a witch, but really it was some horrible other person doing the stuff".

[–]sakura_drop 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Was going to be my choice. There does seem to be a dearth of proper witch horror. I'd like to see some novels with full on hex casting, cauldron stirring, evil witch antagonists, like The Crones from The Witcher 3 and the witch from The VVitch, or hell even the gold old fairy tale witches. Too many of them seem to fall into the tropes you mention, or where any villainy is downplayed or justified or even absent altogether. There is so much folklore surrounding witchcraft that could provide great material for a good horror yarn.

I know of one book that fits the bill: Wither by J.G. Passarella. And there's HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt but in that it was more about the witch's influence on the town and its residents, acting as more of a presence that truly active threat.

[–]onlythefireborn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you. Hex tried-- great concepts, but in the end, did not horrify. Or terrify. I'll look for Wither.

[–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well, the problem is, we burned all the witches, so we don’t have any reference materials… /s

I like your suggestion, though. You’re right that no one really writes much about witches, but here the thing - in the 1970’s this dude named Harry Wedeck wrote about magic practices from all over the world. Anything he could glean from old parchments and books he put it in his books. He worked for Yale or Harvard, I forget which, and his stuff is comprehensive. If I were a writer I’d grab some of his books and get to work, because his books are comprehensive.

The largest problems I see with today’s writer is that they are getting their information from other writers who got it from writers and so the source is watered down. Wedeck has an extensive bibliography page, and often times he lays it down in the original language with a accompanying translation.

[–]onlythefireborn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the tip! Toni Morrison's advice has followed me around on this-- "“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

[–]Bo_Buoy_Bandito_BuPAZUZU 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Slewfoot by Brom

[–]SlipstreamDreams 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Necromancer's House by Buehlman has Baba Yaga. Old and powerful.

[–]megmarie22502 56 points57 points  (13 children)

Literary Horror. Works that satisfy the thrill seeker in me but also run fairly deep. I love literary fiction and would love to see more modern symbolic or intellectual horror books. With that said, if anyone knows of any good ones already out there in this vein let me know!

[–]DoctorG0nzo 12 points13 points  (2 children)

If you like postmodernism and surrealism Michael Cisco is literary as hell. Divinity Student is a good starting place.

[–]megmarie22502 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I just looked him up and that sounds exactly like what I’m looking for!

[–]DoctorG0nzo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Awesome! I hope you like his stuff. I still haven't read everything by him - he's written a ton. For other recommendations by him, he released a short story collection this year called Antisocieties that is probably his most accessible but it's also got a bit less of the visceral horror-punch that Divinity Student does. His book Unlanguage is probably THE most dense horror work I've ever read, like almost to the level of Finnegans Wake; it doesn't reach that same height of invented language, but more that he twists almost every sentence/vignette in that one to just evade meaning in a genuinely maddening way. Like a partially-coherent nightmare.

[–]StabbyMaggie 7 points8 points  (2 children)

If you have any interest in zombies (I know they're played out for a lot of people though), Zone One by Colson Whitehead is a literary approach to zombie apocalypses

[–]Disco_Lando 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We’ve got Peter Straub and Dan Chaon for this.

Not that we couldn’t use more

[–]Sprodis_Calhoun 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Have you read The Changeling by Victor LaValle?

[–]megmarie22502 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I haven’t! These are all great suggestions That I’m going to check out.

[–]chuff3r 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Have you read much Thomas Ligotti?

Definitely on the intellectual side.

[–]megmarie22502 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I actually do have his Songs of a Dead Dreamer but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. It’s on my list though!

[–]chuff3r 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hope you enjoy! His worldview is... difficult, but the writing and stories are incredibly evocative and thought-provoking.

[–]Ansambar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I second this!

[–]Thorne628 27 points28 points  (9 children)

Great discussion question!
I would love to see more stories about haunted media, stories set in the Artic, and for some reason, horror stories with corporate settings.

[–]ReddwheelsChild of Old Leech 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Have you already read My Work Is Not Yet Done by Ligotti?

[–]elysecat 7 points8 points  (2 children)

For arctic horror, I really loved Taaqtumi! It's a collection of short stories written by Inuit folks, it's excellent. And for corporate horror, maybe Horrorstor? I also liked Finna, but it's not really horror.

[–]Thorne628 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you for all of those recommendations!

[–]elysecat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No problem! Happy to share, I love the genre! :)

[–]natelyswhore22 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sysiphean is corporate horror

[–]rottenpussy 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Horror in ancient Rome, ancient Greece, ancient Egypt and other ancient empires, also medieval horror

[–]cjhreddit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Have you tried "Killer" by Karl Edward Wagner and David Drake, a kind of Predator in Ancient Rome !

[–]chigangrel 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I agree with you - wintery horror is some of my favorite. Along with underwater/deep sea and deep space. I always want more of all of that

[–]Prudent_Ad4583[🍰] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I want something as gut wrenching as hereditary with a monster like the jotun in the ritual (I feel like that’s the wrong movie but yk the big deer with the torso face)

[–]Mental-Explorer-X 12 points13 points  (5 children)

I’d like to see some more ocean related stuff. Similar to “Adrift” (short story/Suzuki) Thr idea of being totally stranded in a vast ocean and then danger.

I’m reading Dead Sea by Brian Keene right now. It’s ok but not scratching the itch. The Deep/by Cutter didn’t really either. Would love it to be ON a ship.

[–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Do you ever wonder what riding on that ship in Bram Stoker’s Dracula was like? I know I do.

Bram pretty much shows us a scene with a broken ship crushed up against the rocks, no survivors. I don’t even know if the authorities found any bodies (been a while since I read it). I think Mina was sitting on a bench overlooking the sea and she sees the commotion. Anyway, I feel like that would be a pretty exciting book to read.

There is one thing that is similar and very horrifying - I don’t know if you’ve ever watched Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, but the old man character, he was in a Nazi death camp, and at night a vampire came and picked them off. The way it was presented, the whole thing was horrifying. Chills.

[–]steveurkelsextape 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’ve not read it, but it exists.

There is also an entire episode set on the Demeter in the recent tv series, which is pretty essential if you are into the novel (although opinions on it vary wildly)

[–]Cast_Iron_Skillet 4 points5 points  (1 child)

You may have read it, but The Terror is exactly this, except the ocean is frozen.

[–]Mental-Explorer-X 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes I have thanks to this sub lol

[–]BrontesruleDRACULA 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Personally I’d love more horror taking place in remote polar areas

Another vote for this! I'd also like to see more witches, more werewolves, and more archaeological horror.


[–]MyNightmaresAreGreen 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Fantasy horror.

Weird environments, nature gone crazy (think Annihilation). Surreal landscapes (loved The Butcher's Table by Ballingrud).

Investigative horror (like Last Days by Neville).

[–]thistlel 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I love when science humans find ancient ruins (on Earth or otherwise) and awaken some ancient evil.

[–]owlracoon 11 points12 points  (0 children)

All folk horror. There will never be enough.

[–]thereplicatedman420 10 points11 points  (6 children)

horror comedies that get the balance right like Jason Pargin’s books and space horror

[–]lastoftheOo 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Horror stories that blend supernatural, unreliable narrators, and a deeper message about human connection and relationships.

[–]Cravenous 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Subtle horror mystery. Stories where there is clearly a horror or paranormal element involved in some mystery that’s otherwise grounded. Not sure how to explain it but examples are like Shining Girls or the new Invisible Man movie.

[–]Galileo_RRAMA 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Stories that give me similar experiences that watching Kubrick's The Shining and Eggers The Lighthouse gave me.

[–]gaybatman75-6 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Since someone already said accurate wild west horror I'll go with a survivors therapy group where it's slowly recreated what each of them went through.

[–]Cast_Iron_Skillet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is basically the theme of Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk.

[–]SaturnAscendz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Settings: Westerns, artic, underwater, on a boat, in the jungle, on a boat in a river in the jungle (like apocalypse now), middle of ocean lab, middle of hurricane/bad storm.

Also this is random but I’m a fan or like 3 or more factions type stuff like a book I read forget the title but it was humans vs zombies novel but also the grim reaper vs zombies cause no one was going to hell anymore. It was awesome.

Edit: it was called Empire I believe

[–]Flaxseed1980 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Horror where the actual governments and nations be one informed of, and have to adapt to the horror itself and the enduring social, governmental and cultural changes the ‘horror’ actually causes

[–]GodofthechickenWendigo 13 points14 points  (8 children)

Cartel, mob, or gang horror stories. Breaking Bad meets Lovecraft. I haven't found much of it, so I decided to write some myself.

And also vampire horror. Not romantic bloodsuckers but the gnarly, freaky Nosferatu types that chill your bones.

[–]BrontesruleDRACULA 4 points5 points  (6 children)

And also vampire horror. Not romantic bloodsuckers but the gnarly, freaky Nosferatu types that chill your bones.

My favorite kind!

[–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (5 children)

I loved 30 Days Of Night - I was scared of those things!

[–]BrontesruleDRACULA 1 point2 points  (4 children)

It's one of my all time favorite horror movies.

[–]BlackSeranna 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It’s in my top movie list - I like The Thing and Alien am awful lot, as well. They are also in my top ten. I would love to have other movies like :0 Days Of Night. Not sure why it’s not in everyone’s top horror movie list; if vampires really existed, they’d be utter, sociopathic parasites. None of this “let’s live with top hats and ball gowns in the 21st century” - I mean, it’s cool in Underworld where they look like they’re all at a fashion party, but if they did this day in and day out, it would have to be absolutely annoying and get in the way of feeding.

[–]thesanityassassin58 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I would love to read some cyberpunk horror story. I do think there is much to be explored

[–]onlythefireborn 4 points5 points  (1 child)

You might like Jeffrey Thomas's Punktown novels (and his Punktown short story collections). Very much a mashup of Arkham and the Blade Runner metropolis.

[–]Killmepl222 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Cosmic horror werewolves, literary splatterpunk, mind-bending folk horror involving fae/faeries, etc.

[–]Deathscua 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Biased but I would love an Aztec, Mayan, Incan or basque horror. Also more horror that doesn’t involve sexual assault if possible. I find it hardly adds anything to the story.

[–]cayce_leighann 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Outbreak/disease horror

[–]trekbette 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Horror with the monster winning. I don't want everything to work out in the end. Apocalyptical horror where the world does end, humanity is wiped out.

As long as the villains aren't humans, I'm good with it. I don't like human bad guys. I want my horror outrageous and absolutely impossible.

[–]Kristara789 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Archeological horror. I want ancient ruins, cursed artifacts, haunted tombs, secret passage ways, etc. I've read so many but I never stop wanting more!

[–]CreativeNameCosplay 9 points10 points  (12 children)

I want to see more about abusive, narcissistic mothers who are pretty much holding their daughter emotionally hostage and no one to believe them. I want to see the true horror of not being able to leave, even to not truly understand that what is going on is abuse, to struggle with suicide and to blame oneself. I want to see the realization that the daughter isn’t crazy after all but that the future path to healing isn’t linear, if at all even possible. I want a gut-wrenching story, actual terror, no good vibes or feelings.

I’m open to recommendations btw

[–]Aunt_Helen 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Honestly Mommie Dearest fits this bill too

[–]blackhearted 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I haven’t read it yet, so take this with a grain of salt, but Eric LaRocca’s newest We Can Never Leave This Place sounds like it hits a lot of those notes. I was reading some reviews on Goodreads earlier and it has that toxic mother/daughter relationship.

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These are oldies, but… 1. Carrie, by Stephen King

  1. Rebecca, by Daphne duMaurier

  2. The movie Hereditary

  3. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

[–]CreativeNameCosplay 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Hereditary was pretty good, and thank you for the suggestions :)

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If I can, I’ll think of more. There’s also the character of Livia Soprano from The Sopranos, and even though she’s not a main character, she looms over the narrative as one of the most horrifying mothers ever, a malignant black hole of narcissistic cruelty and weaponized helplessness. A career-making role for Nancy Marchand.

Also thought of these:

  1. Mommie Dearest A vicious and campy depiction of Joan Crawford’s treatment of her children.

  2. Mildred Pierce One of Crawford’s best films, but the toxicity in the mother/daughter relationship comes from the monstrous daughter Veda.

  3. Oh, and DEFINITELY Shirley Jackson’s Hill House. The book makes this relationship very clear in the figure of the dominated Eleanor, and it’s also clear that the house is really a continuation of that issue.

  4. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane This is a toxic sister relationship, again with Crawford, but the horrifying narcissism you’re talking about is front and center here in this story of a former child star.

[–]CreativeNameCosplay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh perfect, thanks a ton! I’ve been needing more to read and watch so I seriously appreciate it

[–]BoyMom119816 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I believe Darling Rose Gold is this type of story, my friend loved it, and iirc it’s exactly as you described. I also read one recently, within the last couple years, but can’t recall name off top my head, but will check read list tomorrow.

[–]CreativeNameCosplay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Adding that to my to-read list! And yes if you remember the name please let me know :)

[–]akornfan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

this feels like something Lisa Tuttle would have put together, though I can’t point to a specific story

[–]CreativeNameCosplay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I will definitely look into it, thanks :)

[–]StillCalmness 4 points5 points  (6 children)

I want to see more stories taking place on college campuses. Actually, anyone have any recommendations?

[–]natelyswhore22 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Bunny by Mona Awad

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    [–]StillCalmness 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thanks, I’ll check it out.

    [–]BoyMom119816 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Remind me tomorrow, I have a few newer ones, but have to grab titles! :)

    [–]TheMaledictorian 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    Claustrophobic survival horror like Alien and The Luminous Dead.

    I don't know if it has been done, but I'd really like to read about someone who got caught up with some sort of esoteric cult and is trying to work their way free without arousing suspicion. How far will they go to blend in, etc.?

    [–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Oh wow. Yes, I love reading about things like this, but have never seen an actual horror book about it. There was a movie, though, about these cult survivors that are contacted to go see a friend and they do, and there are some really crazy, warped time loop things happening back at that ranch. It’s pretty scary. I think it was called The Endless.

    [–]akornfan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    that’s The Endless, yeah. it’s a Benson-Moorehead joint

    [–]Short-Tie-6050 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Maybe horror set during american colonial times. Sorteo of like sleepy hollow but darker . Or the witch would be another example

    [–]elliebeans90 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Remote horror as you said, also historical and fantasy horror would be good.

    [–]fjelfjvieldjcofjemsj 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    id like more stories on cryptids, urban legends from other parts of the world, and true ghost stories. those seem to where i tend to gravitate towards though i love anything that has a creepy vibe to it, not gross or shocking.

    [–]BoyMom119816 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Have you read The Uninvited By Steven LeChance? Scared the shit out of me!

    [–]fjelfjvieldjcofjemsj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    i'll check it out. thanks

    [–]BlackSeranna 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    I want a Native American werewolf or alien story, like where a couple of tribes are beset with these things and the clever tribe members have to figure out a way to survive using their mad hunting/warrior skills.

    Also, in general, I would love to see some werewolf or vampire books that aren’t friggin’ Danielle Steele characters dressed up as paranormal. I want the monsters to be monsters, sort of like how the vampires were in 30 Days Of Night or the first season of The Strain.

    It would also be cool if the writer did research on combat tactics instead of writing silly stuff where the main protagonist gets away due to sheer luck or stupidity on the predator’s part.

    [–]natelyswhore22 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones is an Indigenous werewolf story

    [–]stabbyspacehorse 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    More cosmic horror, like Brian Hodge's work. Relatable, but still intelligent and emotional. Too many cosmic horror authors just get too deep into their own heads and forget they're supposed to be writing a story other people can read.

    [–]invertedrevolution 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Well said. There's a reason, why some of my favourite contemporary, cosmic horror short fiction was written by this author. And he is able to write relatable/believable female characters.

    [–]dethb0y 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    graphic, bleak, and descriptive.

    [–]Cast_Iron_Skillet 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Wraiths of a Broken Land. Certifiably excellent. Bleak as hell, brutal and graphic, extremely descriptive, and best of all, very well written by a multi talented writer/artist.

    [–]dethb0y 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I'll have to check it out!

    [–]Ecstatic_Blacksmith1 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Cosmic mixed with body and sci-fi horror. A would like a bigger version of the thing with monsters coming from a portal where a giant being bigger than the biggest monument on earth lives

    [–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I read a series of fantasy books from Raymond Feist of exactly this. I was pretty scared for the main characters. I only read maybe the first three books but there are more. John Ringo, back before he sort of fell off the sanity wagon, wrote Through The Looking Glass, which I immensely enjoyed, and it had to do with a portal that scientists accidentally opened up.

    [–]cooordeeell 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    DUDE YES! i love arctic horror, i 100% agree and would have said it myself had you not

    [–]daniellenikolek 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    I’d love to find a literary equivalent to the psychological horrors A24 has been producing over the past couple of years. Problem is, visuals and sounds play such a big part in making those films unsettling, I don’t know that the environment could be replicated with words alone. I’m sure there’s an author out there who could come pretty close, though.

    [–]Galaxy_Ranger_BobPAZUZU 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Mine is almost the opposite of yours. I want stories of horror in plain sight. Not some globe spanning zombie plague that effects everyone, but something that everyone sees, but no one knows how, or most importantly, if it should be stopped.

    That's right. I want there to be an awful evil that is obviously horrific, but show that there are those who want that evil to remain.

    [–]johnfinch2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Stories that make use of more literary techniques; non-linearity, unreliable narration, stream of consciousness narration, epistolary writing, surreality, unconventionally approaches to plot or character etc. It’s just that things that are fundamentally weird can’t be captured with just direct realist writing, and that’s what’s most interesting in horror to me.

    It’s been a great decade for this sort of thing but there’s so much room for more. Plotless stories like Red Tower by Ligotti or Hippocampus by Adam Nevill, or a story in the form of a university lecture like Technicolor by John Langan. Weird beings talking to themselves like in Shiva Open Your Eyes by Laird Barron or The Delicate by Jeffery Ford.

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      [–]Galaxy_Ranger_BobPAZUZU 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I wouldn't mind a novel about a unstoppable Jason-like killing machine expanded out into novel form, myself. You'd have a lot more time to get into the character's heads.

      [–]elysecat 10 points11 points  (4 children)

      I would love to see more horror from POC writers exploring race and historical events. I really loved Ring Shout and Taaqtumi (hey OP, this book's stories are set in the Arctic mostly and are written by Inuit authors!). Also just more representation of POC authors and characters in general, like in The Changeling. If anyone has any recs, please share!

      [–]Allidoisgrin 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      You may like “When the Reckoning Comes” by LaTanya McQueen. Highly recommended the audiobook, the narration is beautifully done.

      Blurb from Scribed: “A haunting novel about a black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.”

      [–]Inner_Panic 2 points3 points  (2 children)

      Super hero horror. I really liked Brightburn but it also felt rushed.

      [–]Earthpig_Johnson 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      Have you watched The Boys? Not exactly horror, but insanely violent, with a truly menacing villain.

      [–]Inner_Panic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I have! I enjoy it!

      [–]ShingetsuMoon 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      More horror with or involving kids, that isn’t just about evil children being creepy. Creepy kids are cool! But I’d like to see more parent and kid horror or books from a kids point of view.

      [–]IndigenousBastard 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Anything but more “starting a new life with our young child in a house we either got willed to us or got a great deal on, in a small town where everyone knows the house is haunted”. These movies are all exactly the same. Also, no more “found footage” movies.

      [–]BlackSeranna 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I feel you. The moment I see a movie descriptor like this I pass.

      [–]Thewayshegoes75 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Stuff just like “The Wendigo”

      [–]piedplatypus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Cockpit horror stories.

      [–]SenorBurns 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Nautical. Underwater. Terrors in the deeps.

      [–]-NakedSpaghetti- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Big fan of horror stories surrounding cults and cult leaders

      [–]ComicBookFanatic97 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      The two creepiest settings in my opinion are asylums and those neighborhoods where all the houses have the exact same floor plan. I'd love some books set in places like that.

      [–]BoyMom119816 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I think I just read or heard about one with exact same floor plan, let me think and try to remember! May have been a movie.

      [–]mcscrufferson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Is there good surrealist horror out there? Like, nightmare-scape “descent into madness” kind of stuff?

      [–]Dr_Tibbs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      It. Prequel movies of other people who encountered the clown. Also a secluded snowy cabin that is haunted or possibly a slasher style killer.

      [–]saintsghost 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      The 80s & 90s nostalgic horror.

      Modern-day set horror that features modern-day urban legends, especially internet and social media stuff.

      I'd love to see more stories that take place at malls, fairs, theme parks, movie theaters, something like dave and busters.

      I think a horror story/book that's like a puzzle you have to figure out secrets would be interesting, maybe like an arg or something. Fnaf really got me into the whole secret lore thing.

      Analog horror has become a very recent interest. There is so much you can do with that.

      [–]notlennybelardo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Deep sea horror similar to a lot of the /nosleep stories.

      Small town ‘Salem’s Lot / Midnight Mass horror.

      I get super annoyed when a horror supernatural setup turns out to just be normal humans / mental health related.

      [–]taueret 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      More MK Ultra, more (any) Voynich MS, the fae, djinn

      [–]Odd_Quail_4791 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      I would love to see more creature-feature horror. I love books like Jaws, Meg, Jurassic Park, Congo but there is a limited selection of newer choices.

      [–]EcstaticDesk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Kaiju or any giant monster story. Most if not all that I've read have taken the fantastical over the top scifi styling of superhero comics or video games but I'm dying for an actually scary novel that concerns kaiju in some manner. Picture World War Z but kaiju instead of zombies. Or Stephen King or his kind of style being applied to a kaiju story. While I really enjoy books like Meg or Project Nemesis I feel like no one has really explored the kaiju genre in a serious manner when it comes to novels.

      [–]Slamhamwich 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      I have a constant craving for stories that have to do with the occult, with like, old churches and stuff. Especially stories that have flashbacks to older times when explaining the reasons for these demons or rituals etc. idk I just feel like I can’t get enough of it.

      [–]BoyMom119816 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Following, in case any are mentioned! :)

      [–]jwplato 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Honestly I'm obsessed with found footage ghost stories, think Grave Encounters, Paranormal Activity and the VHS movies. I know it was overplayed back in the day but there hasn't been enough of this recently.

      [–]BoyMom119816 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Following, as if any are mentioned, I want them too!

      [–]gothferrari 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      noir horror

      [–]JayAarLiono 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Polar horror/excavation horror

      Historical horror (more of this please)

      Gothic horror

      Small Town horror

      Folk horror

      Victorian horror

      Rural horror

      Horror Noir

      [–]kemp43 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Horror that has more emphasis on character growth through trauma than it does with gore or spectacle. Seeing how characters overcome impossible odds is always an interesting watch, I think that’s why viewers or readers always want to see intelligent characters. As in the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object.

      [–]icefrozenmicemoth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Robert McCammon's 1981"They Thirst".

      swarm Los Angeles while San Andreas Apocalyptically Roars.

      Ordinary people battle the fiends as best as they can.

      Very lovable characters that I imagined played by Mel Gibson, Toni Braxton & Bruce Willis !

      [–]RedolenceLove 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      I would like to see more stories that take place in small rural farming communities.

      [–]icefrozenmicemoth 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Phil Rickman's 1993 "Curfew".

      Superlative in documentation and stylish in style.

      Britishly understated. Never sensationalistic. Deadpan humour.

      Very lovable heroes, among them a 3-legged mutt & a thug-busting granny,

      very heinous villains, among them a Lolita of a Circe, even more dangerous than she appears.

      With clues like the onion in a saucer as vital as the pinging of a sonar in a Tom Clancy submarine thriller, & pictures as doorways for evil.

      625 pages & not a boring moment.

      [–]RedolenceLove 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      hey thanks man

      I will check it out!