Below is our recommended reading list for Fright Girl Autumn. 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 #FrightGirlAutumn.

Happy reading!



Books by Women of Color:

  • Offstage Offerings by Priya Sridhar

  • Island of Bones by Gaby Triana

  • Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

  • The Between by Tananarive Due

  • Tapetum Lucidum by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason (aka Sisters of Slaughter)

  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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

  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

  • Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

  • The Vampire Quartet (Voice of the Blood, Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet) by Jemiah Jefferson

  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin 

  • Root Magic by Eden Royce

  • Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez

  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

  • Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

  • The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

  • Afterlife: Ghost Stories from Goa by Jessica Faleiro

  • The Face at the Window by Kiran Manral

  • Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills by Minakshi Chaudhry

  • The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

  • Cenote City by Monica Quintana

  • Hooker by M. Lopes de Silva

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

  • Gyspy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes by Denise N Tapscott

  • The Realm by L. Marie Woods

  • Midnight & Indigo edited by Ianna A. Small


Books by Independent Authors:

  • She Ain't Pretty by Renee Miller

  • Dear Laura by Gemma Amor

  • Crossroads by Laurel Hightower

  • Boneset and Feathers by Gwendolyn Kiste

  • All That’s Fair by S.H. Cooper

  • Hell’s Bells by Lisa Quigley

  • Lucid Screams by Red Lagoe

  • The Crow's Gift and Other Tales by Sonora Taylor

  • Abode by Morgan Sylvia

  • The Vine That Ate the Starlet by Madeleine Swann

  • For Emmy by Mary SanGiovanni

  • The Ruin of Delicate Things by Beverley Lee

  • Metas by Rae Louise

  • Dying For An Invitation by Theresa Braun

  • Helena by Claire L. Smith

  • Herd of Nightmares by Kerry E.B. Black

  • Carousel of Nightmares by Kerry E.B. Black

  • Fairy Herds and Mythscapes by Kerry E.B. Black

  • Season of Secrets by Kerry E.B. Black

  • Bonecutters by Renee Decamillus

  • Dark Blood Comes From the Feet by Emme Gibbon


Books by LGBTQIA+/Nonbinary Authors:

  • Hood Witch by Faylita Hicks

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

  • The Worm and His Kings by Hailey Piper

  • Out of Water by Sarah Read

  • Unboxed: A Play by Briana Morgan

  • The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

  • The Devil’s Call by j. danielle dorne

  • Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

  • Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess

  • The Wingspan of Severed Hands by Joanna Koch

  • Liar: Memoir of a Haunting by E.F. Schraeder




  • How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda D. Addison

  • Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger

  • Witches by Donna Lynch

  • Hysteria by Stephanie Wytovich

  • 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) (coming soon)

  • Latinx Screams (ed. V. Castro) (coming soon)

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

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

  • Not All Monsters (ed. Sara Tantlinger)

  • Hex Life:Wicked New Tales of Witchery 

  • 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:

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