Below is our recommended reading list for Fright Girl Summer 2021.

If you'd like to suggest a book to include on the list, please see our front page.

Our challenge to you: read at least 3 books from the list below. Check back on social media to share your thoughts as you read. And don't forget to tag your posts with #FrightGirlSummer.

Happy reading!



Books by Women of Color:

  • Moon Child by Gaby Triana

  • Queen of the Cicadas by V. Castro

  • Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

  • The Awakening of the Spirit Trilogy (Blood of my Blood, The Providence of Human Affairs, and Soulless) by Montiese McKenzie

  • Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • Children of Chicago by Cina Pelayo

  • How Long 'Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin 

  • Root Magic by Eden Royce

  • The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

  • Cenote City by Monica Quintana

  • Hooker by M. Lopes de Silva


Books by Independent Authors:


  • Girl On Fire by Gemma Amor

  • And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste

  • The Festering Ones by S.H. Cooper

  • Dismal Dreams by Red Lagoe

  • Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

  • The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

  • Carousel of Nightmares by Kerry E.B. Black


Books by LGBTQIA+/Nonbinary Authors:

  • Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper

  • Unboxed: A Play by Briana Morgan

  • The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

  • The Devil’s Call by j. danielle dorne

  • Transmuted by Eve Harms

  • The Wingspan of Severed Hands by Joanna Koch




  • The Place of Broken Things by Linda D. Addison and A. Manzetti

  • Love For Slaughter by Sara Tantlinger

  • Into the Forest and All the Way Through by Cynthia Pelayo

  • 12: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairytale by Andrea Bylthe

  • A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng




  • Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Robin R. Means Coleman

  • America’s First Female Serial Killer by Mary Kay McBrayer

  • The Science of Women in Horror: The Special Effects, Stunts, and True Stories Behind Your Favorite Fright Films by Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence

  • The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara

  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

Anthology/Short Story Collection:

  • We Are Wolves (eds. Gemma Amor and Laurel Hightower)

  • Latinx Screams (ed. V. Castro)

  • Women of Horror Vol. 1: Under Her Black Wings (ed. Jill Girardi)

  • Women of Horror Vol. 2: Graveyard Smash (ed. Jill Girardi)

  • Women of Horror Vol. 3: The One That Got Away (ed. Jill Girardi)

  • Not All Monsters (ed. Sara Tantlinger)

  • Slay: Stories of the The Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz

  • Midnight & Indigo edited by Ianna A. Small

  • Wicked Women: An Anthology of the New England Horror Writers edited by Trisha J. Wooldridge and Scott T. Goudsward

Short Stories: