Trying something new this week! So I love 5+1 fanfics, and I’m bringing that love into my new series. I’ll be looking at 5+1 tropes, genres and anything else I can think of; and giving 5 books I recommend in that category plus 1 I want to read! This week it’s creepy books.
For those who don’t know, the 5+1 trope in fanfiction shows 5 times something did happen and 1 time it didn’t happen or happened differently, for example: five times A said I love you and one time they didn’t need to.
If there’s anything you’d like to see, let me know!
5 creepy books I recommend:
💀 Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis:
Lola Nox the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker and impossible to scare. Until her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment and she’s packed off to live with the grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the setting of her father’s iconic slasher. The locals are obsessed with the film that made their town famous and the police seem determined to explain away the strange disappearances.
And there’s something stalking her every move, uncovering her deepest secrets.
💀 The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry:
In the sleepy town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised when two girls are found torn apart. She doesn’t expect anyone to find the killer, though, not when the whole town just moved on after her father’s body was found, heart torn out. Even her best friend is more interested in boys than playing by the old ghost tree. When she has a vision of a monster dragging the girls remains through the woods, she can’t do nothing, but the closer she gets to to answers, the more she realises that there’s something rotten in Smiths Hollow.
💀 Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth:
In 1902, the Brookhants School for Girls is struck by tragedy. Flo and Clara are obsessed with each other and with Mary MacLane’s memoir. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. By 1907, three more are dead and the school is closed.
Over a century later, the school is back in the news when Merritt’s book celebrating the queer history of the cursed school. It inspires a horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor Harper Harper and former child star Audrey Wells. Our three heroines arrive on set and things start to get complicated as past and present entangle and it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.
💀 Lost Boy by Christina Henry:
Everyone knows one version of the story. But this is how it really happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.
💀 Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica:
Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore. It happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing. Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.
1 creepy book I want to read:
💀 The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling:
When Gyre lied her way onto an expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought she’d get a surface team. Instead, she got Em. Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre with drugs, withholding information to ensure “smooth operation” and using her secrets as a leash.
When things go missing and unexpectedly start changing; Gyre is lost and disoriented, her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler to survive, she has to face her own secrets. But how come she feels she’s being followed?
I hope you liked this post, and maybe added a couple of books to your TBR! If there’s anything you’d like to see in this series, comment and I’ll put it on my list! And if you liked this format, let me know!