I was halfway through the umpteenth draft of What Big Teeth, my novel about a manor-dwelling monster family, before I finally read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I still haven’t finished Frankenstein. I am, in many ways, a very poorly-read horror reader. But while I’ve missed out on some of the classics, my time in my MFA program and my own peculiar tastes have led me to some works that might not be on the horror classics lists. I’ve often found these books by looking for earlier or later works by an author I’ve just read, or by following my own longing for a book that resolves something I didn’t enjoy about a more famous book.
So if you’ve read all the traditional favorites, here are some works that you might have missed. With some of these, I had to verify that they were still available for sale. Some are only just recently in print. But all of them are a little strange and twisty in a way I think you’ll really enjoy.