Here are some books I like:
The Corn Maiden and other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates. A collection of deliciously spine tingling stories.
Anything by Patricia Briggs. Fantasy and urban fantasy with female protags.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A thrilling story about a missing wife. Great characterization.
In Writing by Stephen King: an insightful memoir of the craft.
The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernen. A modern gothic ghost story with a lesbian protag. It took a bit to get into it (it is sort of like…found footage, but as a book….which I am not fond of), but it was worth it.
A Whisper in the Wind by Joan Smitg. A leisure gothic novel. No ghosts, unfortunately, but there is murder and mistaken identity. A naive young girl marries a charming gentleman after like a week or two, and when he takes her home, everyone seems to already know her. Very easy read.
Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs and the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Want to Read:
Octavia Butler, more ghost stories, something similar to Gone Girl without saying it’s like GG and then disappointing me when it is absolutely nothing like GG, House of Leaves by Danielewski, more diverse authors
As you can see, I like fantasy and ghost stories. Ghost stories are my passion, but fantasy is home. It is familiar and comfortable.
What books do you recommend?