Halloween Recs: The Real Monsters Are Human

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I hope the title for this recommendation post is understandable, I wasn’t too sure how else I could word it in a way that still sounded okay! Basically this round of recs is about serial killers, stalkers, murderers, and just harmful humans in general. This is for those of you who would like your horror fix for Halloween but don’t necessarily enjoy anything supernatural or paranormal.

If you’re interested in any of these and want more info please click each title for my full review!

Other Halloween Rec Posts:

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Alice by Christina Henry

This is actually a book that’s a little harder to categorize because on the one hand it’s dark fantasy with monsters but on the other hand the monsters are human and do what monstrous humans do…yet they aren’t really human. Confusing, right? They’re some characters that are sort of hybrids of animals and humans, at least that was the impression I got but I’d say for the most part everyone was human. I think this line between monster and human was blurred on purpose due to the morally gray state of the characters.

This is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ retelling and when I say it’s dark I mean it’s DARK. Imagine just about every sad, brutal, cruel thing you can think of and it’s probably in this book. However, as disturbing and hard to stomach as some parts are the narrative is so intriguing.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Not enough people talk about this book or series and they need to! It’s amazing, I could gush forever. It’s about the son of the world’s most notorious serial killer, he was raised by his dad to continue his legacy before he was caught and imprisoned. When a new string of killings takes place everyone looks to blame him, however, he decides to use his skill set to look at the crimes through the eyes of a serial killer.

This is extremely fast paced, you’ll be hooked from the start! I highly recommend this one for my fellow readers who have a morbid curiosity when it comes to killers and crime scenes.

You by Caroline Kepnes

While not as fast paced as some of the other reads on this list, this one is just so..unique. It’s told from the POV of Joe who becomes obsessed with a young woman named Beck and essentially stalks her and plots ways to make them be together. The most interesting part of this book is that it’s told in 2nd person as Joe addresses Beck, it’s hard to explain but ultimately really neat and has a very chilling effect.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

While this wasn’t one of my favorites it was still an entertaining book that’s for certain. This one is about the “Final Girl” trope from horror movies, it didn’t deal with this trope in a horror movie way though if that makes sense. I thought this was going to be much more horror-y than it was. However, it is an interesting mystery about the survivors of brutal massacres and there’s some damn good red herrings and twists along the way.

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

This one is perfect for my fellow horror movie lovers out there because this book is a classic slasher flick in book form! It’s about several teens writing essays for a contest to meet a famous horror movie director, however, they end up having to face their worst fears as they are trapped in an amusement park designed after their nightmares. It can be a little corny at times but overall super fun!

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

“The Merciless” is what you get when you cross ‘Mean Girls’ over into a horror movie/book. Seriously. There’s plenty of girl drama but there’s also a ton of gore and scares. It’s perfect. Several popular girls convince the new girl to help them “save” a fellow student, Brooklyn, they’re sure is possessed and must exorcise the demon. However, their exorcism is more torture than anything else but the new girl has to keep going along for fear she’ll be next. Definitely some great twists in this one!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This is the PERFECT blend of mystery, thriller, and horror I was just completely blown away by how amazing this book was! For a 600 page book I flew through it, which was surprising, so it’s extremely fast paced. It’s about a journalist and the mysterious suicide of a shut in, cult director’s daughter, I thought the mystery behind the horror movie director made the whole book but really the whole book is just so, so good. There’s plenty of scares along the way as well as twists!

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

Another Christina Henry book! I wouldn’t recommend them if they weren’t so, so amazing! This one is a dark fantasy ‘Peter Pan’ retelling and while it has some very real, literal monsters I think the real monsters are the humans in this one. I don’t want to spoil anything so that’s all I’ll say! It’s pretty gory and violent at times though so make sure to check out my trigger warnings.

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Have you read any of these? What did you think? 
What are some of your favorite reads featuring the humans as the monsters?
Planning on reading any of these for Halloween?
Let me know in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “Halloween Recs: The Real Monsters Are Human

  1. Carolina Carvalho October 24, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    I just got Lostboy and I’m so excited to read it, it seems so disturbing and dark, I can’t wait. I had no idea Night Film had horror elements as well, I don’t know how that passed me by, but it definitely makes me more interested in picking it up.

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  2. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews October 24, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    Oooh, I love this post! Humans are way scarier than anything supernatural 😂 I loved Night Film, The Merciless, Welcome to the Dark House and You!! I had mixed feelings about Final Girls, but I loved the concept. I definitely want to read I Hunt Killers and all of Christina Henry’s books! Also if you’re looking some more fucked up books about humans haha then I recommend Perfect Days and The Collector!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 6, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      I actually picked up Perfect Days because of your review! So excited to get to it especially since it’s a shorter book and I’ll definitely check out the Collector now too! 🙂


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