Five Thriller Short Stories and Collections Perfect For Fall
If you know me well, you know fall is my favorite season, yes, of course for the perfect, crisp weather, but more importantly, for the spooky vibes! I rarely turn down a thriller or horror novel, and in my world, Halloween is a whole month long.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. You may be reading this thinking I’m certified insane, and if that’s the case, the following content may not be for you. But for anyone who is as excited for pumpkin flavored everything, and eerie, unsettling stories, keep reading!
I’m a bookworm to the max, and have started my creepy reading early. Well, I really never stopped. There’s just something so cool about a story with twists that make your stomach drop, and the way you close the book with a fire in your chest that’s equally shocked, content and utterly spooked. I’ve found a lot of favorites in the suspense category this year and last, so I thought I’d round them up for your reading pleasure. This list is completely dedicated to short stories, which are great for quick reading before bed and extending the excitement that comes along with a new story over and over and over.
Let me know what your favorite thrillers/horrors/spooky stories are your favorite!
Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
I looked for this book EVERYWHERE for weeks and months last year until I realized it wasn’t released yet. When I finally got my copy, I read it in a few days and continued to reread it immediately because of the perfect, unsettling yet comforting feeling each story evoked. There’s no way to describe this book in words that will capture how alluring it really is. I hope you’ll take my word for it and get yourself a copy. I promise you won’t regret it (unless you don’t like provocative horror, then you’re going to regret it.) From childhood stories turned adult to a dress shop of trapped souls, the setting and simplicity of the stories are so abstract, yet identifiable. Buy it here.
FYI: this book is a bit on the sexual side, sometimes in ways that read as violent. This is not the only book on this list that could contain a trigger warning. Keep that in mind when reading my picks.
The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt
Odd, quirky, and enjoyably unresolved, The Dark Dark brings readers into an untouchable universe and pushes its characters to near madness over and over and over again. Buy it here.
The Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez
I’m so used to reading eerie stories that honestly, a lot of the time I enjoy them, but I turn the lights out and never think of the scares again. The Things We Lost In The Fire is the first and only book in the last few years that has made me afraid to go to sleep alone, from fear of the story’s potential to come live in the vivid descriptions and perfect timing. It’s a truly incredibly collection, with one story in it I couldn’t finish due to discomfort. Buy it here.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
I’m a Gillian Flynn fan through and through, and The Grownup may be my favorite story of hers. The short story is easily read in one sitting, if you’re dedicated, and will leave you with answers, and questions...and more answers and questions. Buy it here.
Get In Trouble by Kelly Link
This collection of short stories challenges real life and fantasy in a collection that will have you feeling both unsettled and completely mystified. A certain vagueness is seen in Kelly Link’s stories, though a reader can easily feel like they’re inside each twisted setting. Buy it here.