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2019 Summer Horror Reading Recs

2019 Summer Horror Reading Recs

By Ashley S.

You know what I love most about summer? EVERYTHING. I'm just a summer lovin type of gal. But to be a tad more specific, I love reading books that match the season. How else can you get the full experience? If the book describes sweltering conditions, I feel it's only fair that I too am experiencing sweltering conditions!

I've compiled a list of ten books that I think will frighten up your summer. I know, I know, I didn't include IT but that's a quintessential summertime read so if you're waiting to read that, now is the time. OK! In an effort not to bore you to death, I've made my own tiny one sentence or less synopsis for each book. Grab an iced coffee, kick back in your hammock and read on.

  1. Dog Days O’ Summer by James Newman


A coming of age story where someone or someTHING is terrorizing the small town of Banesville.

2. You by Caroline Kepnes



A tale of true love in the social media age. Just kidding. A tale of true stalkerdom in the social media age.

3. Seed by Ania Ahlborn


Demons, scary kids, and bad decisions oh my!

4. Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz


A coming of age story where a group of teen boys come together to take on whatever horror is lurking in their town. But of course they are teen boys so they make lots of questionable decisions.

5. Kin by KPB


Full on blood and guts and one scene that will stay with you for… LIFE.

6. A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman


A little novella about first love and also a little bit creepy because it has to be or else it wouldn't be on my list.

7. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay


A bit Stranger Things, a bit NOT. Prepare to feel your feelings.

8. Kill Hill Carnage by Tim Meyer


A reminder to never go to summer camp.

9. The Ruins by Scott Smith


You're not even safe from vegetation in this romp through Mexico.

10. Summer of Night Dan Simmons


Group of teen boys. Creepy shit happening around town. Summertime. Recipe for frights. Fans of It are sure to love this one.

Also, join me this summer for some horror readalongs! Each month we will be tackling a summer horror classic.

Reading schedule:

June - Children of the Night by Dan Simmons

July - Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

August - Off Season by Jack Ketchum

Send me a message on Instagram @bookishmommy if you'd like to join our group chat.

All photos are my own.

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  • I’ve read all but three of these, and those are currently in my TBR pile! The rest, well worthy of multiple re-reads!!

    • Kimberly