Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021



Books in the horror literature and fiction genre are based on stories provoking fear in the reader by depicting supernatural elements. This genre creates an environment of fascination, fear, mystery in the novels to attract the readers. These stories are often considered dark fantasy since they are against nature’s laws. Horror symbols such as monsters, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and zombies are common in these stories. Mostly, these novels lack sympathy and human emotions. The death and torture rate of the horror novel characters is higher than any other genre. The primary purpose of horror literature fiction is to create fear, repulsion, and terror in the readers. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Horror Literature & Fiction.

1. Layla


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love. When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences. Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher: Montlake (December 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

2. Wild Wild Quest: A LitRPG/Gamelit Adventure (The Good Guys Book 12)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Straight out of the West (or, you know, somewhere through a gloom portal), in a thunder of hooves (but they’re kinda like giant turtle hooves, if you can picture it?), comes Montana Coggeshall, gun (sword) slinger. Sure, he’s survived Fiends’ Night and an all-out goblin war. But for his people in Coggeshall to truly be safe, Montana needs to go out and find the source of all these crazy attacks. Along the way, Montana will be tested by feuding families, money-hungry miners, hookers with hearts of gold, and more than a few idiot tour guides. Turns out everything Montana’s been through up until now wasn’t hell. It was practice. Wild, Wild Quest is rabble rousin’ LitRPG like you’ve never read before. If you like genre-twisting plots full of mind-bending battles, pick up this page turner today. Forget going to 11. This book goes to 12.

  • Author: Eric Ugland
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Humor & Entertainment

                 

3. The Stand


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail - and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. In 1978, Stephen King published The Stand , the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition includes material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic. For hundreds of thousands of fans who heard The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are listening to The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival. Cover artwork 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror

                 

4. Angel Dust: Feathers and Fire Book 11


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

A tree’s branches cannot reach Heaven unless its roots also touch Hell… The Four Horsemen are hunting the most deadly and elusive of fugitives—the White Rose. Despite being wanted and on the run, Callie has no intention of hiding from the angelic fallout that now plagues Kansas City. Never . Master Dracula will stand as a nightmarish specter against the forces of Heaven, Hell, the nephilim, and the Vatican Conclave. But nothing is as simple as it seems in this war. Because betrayal hides behind every ally’s smile, and compassion stands behind every execution. Virtue and compassion, monsters and sheep, victors and victims—all two sides of the same coin. As they say, it is a mother bear’s compassion that gets you eaten. Callie must cross lines she never wanted to cross, and heed the darkest whispers in her mind if she wants to survive what is to come. If she wants her people to survive what is to come. She must evolve and adapt into something darker, something scarier, something nobly cruel. A symbol to be revered with fearful adoration. The Horsewoman of Despair is about to flick the first domino of the Omega War. Thunder and Terror will herald the End, and a true monster will wield the infamous fiery blades with a smile of silver fangs and a pair of glowing white eyes. Some monsters are born … Others are made . Non Serviam is the battlecry of the damned…and the exalted. If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Steve McHugh, Michael Anderle, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Shannon Mayer, or K.F. Breene, you won't be able to put down the worldwide bestselling Feathers and Fire Series, or anything else in the Temple Verse. “Shayne Silvers, Jim Butcher, and Kevin Hearne are easily my favorite Urban Fantasy Authors. In that order.” — Michael Anderle, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling Author More than 1m copies downloaded and thousands of five-star reviews. Available in digital, print, and audiobook formats. What Amazon readers are saying: ★★★★★ ‘His foul-mouthed unicorn murders rainbows!’ ★★★★★ ‘Move over Dresden!’ ★★★★★ ‘The Temple Verse HAS to be picked up by Netflix soon.’ ★★★★★ ‘Silvers could write a grocery list on a dirty napkin and make it an international bestseller.’ ★★★★★ ‘I went from crying my eyes out to laughing uncontrollably, repeatedly.’ ★★★★★ ‘It’s like the characters walked off the page, joined me at the bar, and bought me a drink.’ ★★★★★ ‘I am astounded as to how the author keeps the story fresh and exciting.’ ★★★★★ ‘I usually see plot twists a mile away. Shayne has proven me wrong. Every time.’ ★★★★★ ‘Best books I’ve read in thirty years.’ ★★★★★ ‘His intense actions scenes let you see the fangs and claws, hear the gunshots, feel the magic, and smell the fear.’ ★★★★★ ‘Everything you thought you knew about vampires, shifters, dragons, wizards, fairies and gods is flat wrong.’ ★★★★★ ‘Publishers who didn’t snap up this series are missing out on a gold mine.’ Silvers has pleasured over one million readers with the Temple Universe. Now it's your turn for a little pleasuring...

  • Author: Shayne Silvers
  • Publisher: Argento Publishing (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

5. The Rotten Witch (The Coven: Fae Magic Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Sometimes magic just isn't enough... Sometimes you have to start a war, and that’s just what I’m going to do. They took my soulmate. I will get him back, even if I have to destroy everything to do so. Don't miss the penultimate book in The Coven: Fae Magic Series! **Trigger Warning: This book contains a scene with minor sexual violence that some may find triggering. If you feel this may bother you then please skip the scene labaled "Amelia" - if you read Rogue Witch, then you know.*

  • Author: Chandelle LaVaun
  • Publisher: Wanderlost Publishing (July 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Teen & Young Adult

                 



6. Lightning


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere – the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later – another bolt of lightning – and the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror

                 

7. Those Who Came Before (Fiction Without Frontiers)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

"Moncrieff’s novel is a lightning-fast read, which is not a bad thing. She paints a vivid picture of the lost tribe and weaves her story arcs together brilliantly. She also sheds light on Native peoples’ treatment in both past and present, smoothly integrating the issue into the novel. Readers won’t want to put it down." — Booklist People are dying at Strong Lake, and the worst is yet to come. An idyllic weekend camping trip is cut short when Reese Wallace s friends are brutally murdered. As the group s only survivor, Reese is the prime suspect, and his story doesn t make much sense. A disembodied voice warning him to leave the campground the night before? A strange, blackened tree that gave him an electric shock when he cut it down for firewood? Detective Greyeyes isn t having any of it until she hears the voice herself and finds an arrowhead at the crime scene an arrowhead she can t get rid of. Troubling visions of a doomed Native American tribe who once called the campground home, and rumors of cursed land and a mythical beast plague the strangest murder case she s ever been a part of. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

  • Author: J.H. Moncrieff
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (October 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

8. The Duelist 6


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

The island of Terr is on the brink of civil war and destruction, so Alex will need to use every one of his “Ambassador” skills to keep that from happening. But Terr has dwelled in darkness for too long, and monsters threaten to destroy the Terran people from within and without.

  • Author: Eric Vall
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

9. The Mountain Man Omnibus: Books 1-3


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

Mountain Man , book 1: Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last. Not only does he face a corpse-infested urban hell, human scavengers, and unending loneliness, but now a new mystery has risen.... The undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering beyond the mountain man's wildest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence. Safari , book 2: A new mystery has risen for Gus - the undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering beyond the mountain man's darkest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt. Hellifax , book 3: A serial killer stalks the ice-glazed streets. Half-frozen deadheads choke the avenues. Infected vermin rise from the labyrinth of sewer systems, hungry for warm flesh. And a handful of survivors struggle to escape and find someplace safe. In his hunt for Tenner, Scott discovers he must contend with all of this before things truly get worse. Welcome to Hellifax.

  • Author: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror

                 

10. Revealing the Monster: Playing with Monsters


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Literature & Fiction - August 2021

I ended my life to protect Lucian from his enemies. It should have been the hardest decision to make, but it wasn’t. Now I find that Lucian kept even more secrets, deadly ones that threaten to destroy me. I thought I won the game that he and Katarina played, but he’s never stopped shuffling the pieces on the board. Even so, I’ve found peace in his violence and learned to accept my fate within his embrace. As our enemies are revealed, and worlds crashed down into ours, everything is on the line again. Could we survive his latest betrayal, or would it destroy us all? Lena wasn’t supposed to pay for my sins, but she did. I hadn’t intended for her to suffer the consequences of my actions. I’d put pieces into motion to give her back the things that mattered most to her. She may never forgive me when she learns the cost I paid or the decisions I made. The thing is, there’s no world where Magdalena isn’t mine. I’d do whatever it took to keep her, and I’d destroy worlds to ensure she stays with me.

  • Author: Amelia Hutchins
  • Publisher: Amelia Hutchins (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction