In no particular order I wanted to share my top book list for January 2023 for Books Around the Corner. It's a new and used bookstore near me and you. Some of these are NY Times Bestsellers List and some you may have never heard of yet.
I never thought I could say a book was a cozy horror but this one definitely was. There was found family, high action, and blood in a Count Chocula mug. I'm not sure it can get better than that.
Episode Thirteen by Craig DiLouie
A ghost hunting crew inside of a haunted house. This may be one of the most terrifying books I've ever read. It was so unsettling and will leave you wanting to stick to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark until you recover.
Don't Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones
Every time I read this title I sing it even though I definitely fear the reaper. Scream 6 will be out in less than a month and I'd say Jade is back and is my favorite final girl. Slasher books are becoming a favorite subgenre of mine.
The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Saving is a follow up to one of my favorite mystery thriller books called The Kind Worth Killing. You could read it on its own though. Full of twists and turns this one definitely keeps you engaged until the very last page.
The Spite House by Johnny Compton
A debut horror novel featuring a spite house but despite it seeming like a haunted house story it goes far beyond that with one of the biggest twists I've ever read.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
This is a Reese's Book Club pick and is also going to be an upcoming thriller television mini series on Apple TV+ so naturally I HAD to read it. For fans of Pieces of Her but I actually enjoyed this one even more.
I'm not a huge fan of gothic fiction but this one is Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence. While it's a slow burn I loved how unsettling the story was all the way through.
What if you received a box with a string that would tell you how long you were going to live? Would you open it? This story dives deep into the aftermath of boxes being opened or stored away and the lives of the short string versus the long string.
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
The first half of this book was a slow start for me but the second half...WOW. I will never look at a doll the same and Hendrix definitely makes Pupkin look scarie
The Nightmare Man by J. H. Markert
T. Kingfisher meets Cassandra Khaw in a chilling horror novel that illustrates the fine line between humanity and monstrosity. What happens when a fictional story turns into a real life nightmare?