Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Horror Anthologies. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

Joe Ledger fans rejoice! Listeners will fall ears first into this dynamic audiobook adventure edited by Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Everyone's favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he's brought friends. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times best seller Jonathan Maberry's "friends in the industry". Buckle up for powerful, exciting, and nail-biting adventures by Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Larry Correia, Weston Ochse, Steve Alten, David Farland, Aaron Rosenberg, James A. Moore, James Ray Tuck, Javier Grillo Marxuach, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Jeremy Robinson, Joe McKinney, Jon McGoran, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Nicholas Seven, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, P. G. Charles, and Dana Fredsti! Joe Ledger is a former Baltimore cop who was recruited into a secret government agency tasked with stopping terrorists who are using bleeding-edge science weapons. The stakes are always high. If you have to call Joe Ledger, it's already hit the fan!

  • Author: Jonathan Maberry - editor
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Anthologies

                 

2. Skeleton Crew


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

Narrated by Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, Paul Giamatti, Will Patton, Norbert Leo Butz, Lois Smith, Dylan Baker, Kyle Beltran, Dana Ivey, Robert Petkoff, David Morse, and Frances Sternhagen. The master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy - tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time! In "The Mist", a supermarket becomes the last bastion of humanity as a peril beyond dimension invades the earth. Touch "The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands", and say your prayers. There are some things in attics that are better left alone - things like "The Monkey". The most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" to paradise. A boy's sanity is pushed to the edge when he's left alone with the odious corpse of "Gramma". If you were stunned by Gremlins , the Fornits of "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" will knock your socks off. Trucks that punish and beautiful teen demons who seduce a young man to massacre; curses whose malevolence grows through the years; obscene presences and angels of grace - here, indeed, is a night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.

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

                 

3. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

Named to the American Library Association’s Reference & User Services (RUSA) Listen List! Other narrators include: Cotter Smith, Will Patton, Edward Herrmann, Holter Graham, Frederick Weller, Mare Winningham, Craig Wasson, Thomas Sadoski, and Tim Sample. A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Since his first collection, Nightshift , published 35 years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories, including themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. "Afterlife" is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers he has supernatural powers: the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in "Obits"; the old judge in "The Dune", who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw written in the sand the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In "Morality", King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil's pact they can win. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

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

                 

4. Woom


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

"Trust me when I say, this is messed up." - MATT SHAW, author of Sick B*stards. Don't buy this book if you have a weak stomach, if you're easily disturbed, or if you're looking for a light horror read. THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Seriously. You've been warned. "I believe pain lingers," Angel said. "Do I believe in spirits? In the supernatural? Probably not." The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets... and Room 6 just might possess the worst of them all. Angel knows all about pain. His mother died in this room. He's researched its history. Today he's come back to end it, no matter the cost, once and for all. Shyla, a plus-sized escort, thinks the stories Angel tells her can't be true. Secrets so vile, you won't want to let them inside you. But the Lonely Motel doesn't forget. It doesn't forgive. And it always claims its victim.

  • Author: Duncan Ralston
  • Publisher: Shadow Work Publishing (September 7, 2017)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

5. Joyland (Hard Case Crime Book 112)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

A STUNNING  NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME! The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. "I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book."  – Stephen King

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Hard Case Crime; 1st edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 



6. Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker , and "Riding the Bullet," King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade. "Riding the Bullet" is the story of Alan Parker, who's hitchhiking to see his dying mother but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended. In "Lunch at the Gotham Café", a sparring couple's contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maître d' gets out of sorts. "1408" is about a successful writer whose specialty is "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards" or "Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses", and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn't kill him, he won't be writing about ghosts anymore. And in "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French", terror is déjà vu at 16,000 feet. Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the 14 dark tales assembled in Everything's Eventual . Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time. The complete list of narrators includes Becky Ann Baker, John Collum, Boyd Gaines, Peter Gerety, Josh Hamilton, Arliss Howard, Judith Ivey, Stephen King, Justin Long, Oliver Platt, and Jay O. Sanders.

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

                 

7. Just After Sunset: Stories


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying-journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark . In "Ayana", a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In "N", which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countrysideÉor keep the world from falling victim to it. Just After Sunset -- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

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

                 

8. Night Shift


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

Stephen King’s first collection of short stories showcases the darkest depths of his brilliant imagination and will "chill the cockles of many a heart" ( Chicago Tribune ). Featuring “Jerusalem’s Lot,” the basis for the upcoming tv series Chapelwaite. Here we see mutated rats gone bad (“Graveyard Shift”); a cataclysmic virus that threatens humanity (“Night Surf,” the basis for The Stand ); a possessed, evil lawnmower (“The Lawnmower Man”); unsettling children from the heartland (“Children of the Corn”); a smoker who will try anything to stop (“Quitters, Inc.”); a reclusive alcoholic who begins a gruesome transformation (“Gray Matter”); and many more shadows and visions that will haunt you long after the last page is turned.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0307743640
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches

                 

9. Hot Werewolf MC: A Paranormal Romance Series Box Set


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

For 2 days only get all 8 books in the Complete Werewolf MC series as a box set. Are you ready for these amazing werewolf bikers? Werewolf's Neighbor Werewolf's Secrets Werewolf's Craving Werewolf's Desire Werewolf's Witch Werewolf's Babysitter Werewolf's 2nd Chance Werewolf's Demons All have an HEA and are free on KU.

  • Author: Abby Apple
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

10. Whispering Pines Mysteries Box Set: Books 1-3: Whispering Pines Mysteries


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Horror Anthologies - August 2021

Meet Jayne O’Shea and all the quirky characters in the village you’ll never want to leave … despite the dead bodies … This digital box set contains books one, two, and three. Family Secrets Former detective Jayne O’Shea goes to prepare her grandparents’ lake house for sale and finds a dead body in the backyard. When it becomes obvious the sheriff isn't going to investigate the death, Jayne jumps right in. Her list of suspects grows faster than the plants in the village commons’ pentacle garden. Could it be the local Wiccan green witch with her stash of deadly plants? The shopkeeper who foretells death? Or maybe the visitor determined to learn black magic? Kept Secrets One month after arriving in the Northwoods, Jayne has settled comfortably into small-town life. Then one of the circus performers is found dead, and the villagers look to Jayne for help. The last thing she wants is to get involved but when a second carney dies, and the newly hired sheriff dismisses the death as an accident, Jayne has no choice but to step in. Original Secrets Exhausted from being the only law enforcement official on duty while also trying to open a bed-and-breakfast, Jayne escapes into her grandmother’s journals. Each entry gives her a deeper understanding of why her grandparents moved to such a remote location. But as questions are answered, deeply hidden secrets are unearthed. Such as, a killer has been wandering the village for forty years. What readers are saying: “I've read them all and just want to go back.” “I wish Whispering Pines was a real place” “If you enjoy honest, rather raw characters seeking direction, and the consequences of past mistakes, you'll enjoy this series as much as I have.” “My mind is still in Whispering Pines. I can clearly see the thatched roof houses, their wood and stucco exteriors. It reminds me of Shakespeare's house in London." “I really enjoy how the characters continue to evolve in this series and the new eccentrics fit right in!” “I totally fell in love with both the village and the story.” “I would gladly plan my next trip to Whispering Pines.” Whispering Pines Mystery Series Family Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery Kept Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 2 Original Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 3 Hidden Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 4 Rival Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 5 Veiled Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 6 Silent Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 7 Merciful Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 8 Justified Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 9 Secret of Her Own, Book 9.5 (novella) Protected Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 10 Burning Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 11 Secret of the Season, Book 11.5 (novella) Blind Secrets: A Whispering Pines Mystery, Book 12 Look for Shawn's Gemi Kittredge mystery series starting with One of Her Own

  • Author: Shawn McGuire
  • Publisher: Brown Bag Books (August 6, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction