Vampires. Mermaids. Wizards. It seems like every supernatural creature has its day in the book world, and right now, monsters are all anyone can talk about! Whether it’s Paru Itagaki’s BEASTARS or the interspecies romance novels taking over BookTok, the monster-loving trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re in a monstrously spooky mood, keep scrolling, because you can build a team of monsters to find your next horror read right here.
Even with the recent reboots to the Godzilla and Universal Monsters franchises, a lot of folks out there still seem to think that monsters aren’t scary or cool. Maybe that’s because we’ve grown up in a post–Lon Chaney world, so we tend to collectively think that all monsters are about as scary as the “Monster Mash.” If you’re in this camp, then allow me to make this argument: If monsters weren’t scary, and if monsters weren’t cool, then Guillermo del Toro would be out of a job.
Still not convinced? Well, build a superpowered team of monsters in the quiz below, and I’ll give you a book recommendation that will give you the creepy crawlies. Once you’re done, keep scrolling to find Amazon links for all the books mentioned in the quiz!
Build a Team of Monsters to Find Your Next Horror Read
Happy with your team of monsters? Want to know what the other book recommendations are? Here’s the full list of possible recommendations:
My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis
Near the Bone by Christina Henry
The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
And here’s a list of all the other books mentioned in the quiz above! Note that series are represented by their first installment:
The Vampyre by John PolidoriTwilight by Stephenie MeyerInterview with the Vampire by Anne RiceCarmilla by J. Sheridan Le FanuThe Awakening by L.J. SmithDead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen KingMen at Arms by Terry PratchettThe Werewolf of Fever Swamp by R.L. StineLord Loss by Darren ShanBitten by Kelley ArmstrongBlood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis KlauseA Christmas Carol by Charles DickensBeloved by Toni MorrisonThe Turn of the Screw by Henry JamesThe Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanLincoln in the Bardo by George SaundersMoby-Dick by Herman MelvilleDracula by Bram StokerThe Silmarillion by J.R.R. TolkienHamlet by William Shakespeare
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