9 Terrifying Tales You Won’t Find in the Horror Section

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The weather may not be cooperating, but in our minds it is already autumn, when a young reader’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of horror… But what if you’ve already pored over everything the horror shelves have to offer? To satisfy even the most jaded of appetites, we’ve rounded up a list of 9 sci-fi, literary fiction, and even non-fiction titles that will still leave you chilled. Let us know your own favorite horror-adjacent titles in the comments!


The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthyMaybe don’t read The Road if you’re a parent? Or ever want to become a parent? McCarthy’s book follows a man and his son as they try to navigate a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland. They push an old shopping cart loaded with stuff, they scavenge food, and they have to look out constantly for other survivors—if other scavengers find them, they might become food. The man keeps ...

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Unwind by Neal Shusternan
Resume with Monsters by William Browning Spencer