Below is our recommended reading list for Fright Girl Summer. It is a work-in-progress. We're adding new books every day!

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:

  • Invisible Chains by Michelle R. Lane

  • How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison

  • The Cult Called Freedom House by Stephanie Evelyn

  • The Betweeen by Tananarive Due

  • Switchblades and Hairspray by V. Castro

  • ANYTHING BY OCTAVIA BUTLER

  • The Dark World (series) by S.C. Parris

  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk

  • Island of Bones by Gaby Triana

  • Blood of my Blood by Montiese McKenzie

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

  • Santa Muerte by Cina Pelayo

  • Severance by Ling Ma

  • Let’s PUrban lay White by Chesya Burke

  • The Place of Broken Things by Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti

  • Coney Island Siren by Theresa Valera

  • Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess

  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

  • How Long Until Black Future Month? or The City We Became by N.K. Jemison

  • White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

  • The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang

  • My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

  • Breathe. Breathe by Erin al-Mehairi

  • My Sister, the SerHosbyial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

  • Itzá by Rios de la Luz

  • Cenote City by Monique Quintana 

  • She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin

  • The Night Sun by Zin E. Rocklyn

  • All Things Violent by Nikki Dolson

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia

  • Sebastien the In-Between by Vanessa Dunn

  • Urban Legends by Yawatta 

 

Short Reads and Short Stories:

  • Flowers for the Dead by Mary Rajotte

  • Sed de Sangre by V.Castro

  • "Buitre" by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason - Both Sides from Polis Books

  • "And You Shall Be Adored" by Regina Garza Mitchell

 

Books by Independent Authors:

 

  • True Crime by Samantha Kolseniak

  • Seeing Things by Sonora Taylor

  • Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess

  • Hairspray and Switchblades by V. Castro

  • Crossroads by Laurel Hightower

  • Lucid Screams by Red Lagoe

  • Spin by Tiffany Michelle Brown

  • Sacrificial Lambs and Others by Sheri White

  • Grief is a False God by Gemma Amor

  • The Invention of Ghosts by Gwendolyn Kiste

  • The Green Kangaroos by Jessica McHugh

  • The Fourth Whore by EV Knight

  • The Strange Crimes of Little Africa by Chesya Burke

  • The Kelping by Jan Stinchcomb

  • The Deep by Alma Katsu

  • Food Fright by Nico Bell

  • Hells Bells by Lisa Quigley

  • Breaking The Habit by Yolanda Sfetsos

  • To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger

  • The Ruin of Delicate Things - Beverley Lee

  • Tapetum Lucidum by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

  • All That's Fair by S.H. Cooper

  • Cockblock by C.V. Hunt 

  • Behind The Door by Mary SanGiovanni

  • All You Need Is Love And A Strong Electric Current by Mackenzie Kiera

  • The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot's Revenge by Holly Rae Garcia

 

Books by LGBTQIA+ Authors:

 

  • Benny Rose, the Cannibal King by Hailey Piper

  • F4 by Larissa Glaser

  • White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk

  • Blood of my Blood by Montiese McKenzie

  • The Green Kangaroos by Jessica McHugh

  • Kendra Temples: The Demonic Diaries (series) by Eve Harms

  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Shadow Puppet (Kendra Temples #3) by Eve Harms

  • Monstrosity by Laura Diaz de Arce

  • The Mud Ballad by Jo Quenell

  • Unboxed by Briana Morgan

  • Kallocain by Karin Boye (1940)

  • Ghastly Tales of Gaiety and Greed: Unauthorized and Haunted Cedar Point by E.F. Schraeder 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry:

 

  • Breathe. Breathe by Erin al-Mehairi

  • Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger

  • The Place of Broken Things by Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti

  • Poems of My Night by Cina Pelayo

 

Nonfiction:

 

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

  • Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie Anderson

  • The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

  • Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel by Loren Rhoads

  • In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Anthology/Short Story Collection:

  • Sycorax's Daughters - Edited by Kintra Brooks PhD, Linda D. Addison and Susana Morris PhD

  • The Cuckoo Girls by Patricia Lillie

  • Not All Monsters - Edited by Sara Tantlinger

  • ¡Pa’ Que Tu Lo Sepas! - Edited by Angel Luis Colon from Down and Out Books (50 percent Latinx women)

  • The Big Book of Blasphemy - Co-edited by Regina Garza Mitchell

  • All That's Fair by S.H. Cooper

  • Not Just a Pretty Face: Women of Horror Volume 1 - Edited by Selene Macleod

  • Black Bubbles by Kelli Owen

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