The Reading List

This list of women horror authors is always under construction. Take it as a good starting point for now, keeping in mind that it will mature as more content is added to this blog. Your suggestions are welcome in the comments, or email me at shannon.turlington AT

Megan AbbottBury Me Deep; Queenpin

Charlotte ArmstrongThe Unsuspected

Kelley ArmstrongBitten and sequels

Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls; Broken Monsters

Elizabeth BowenThe Collected Stories

Marjorie BowenThe Bishop of Hell and Other Stories; Black Magic; The Last Bouquet: Some Twilight Tales

Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

Octavia ButlerFledgling

Chelsea CainHeartsick and sequels

Angela CarterThe Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Vera CasparyLaura

Dorothy Salisbury DavisThe Pale Betrayer

Daphne du MaurierRebecca; Jamaica Inn; My Cousin Rachel; Don’t Look Now

Tananarive DueMy Soul to Keep and sequels; The Good House

Katherine DunnGeek Love

Jennifer EganThe Keep

Gillian FlynnGone Girl; Sharp Objects; Dark Places

Patricia GearyStrange Toys

Charlotte Perkins Gilman“The Yellow Wallpaper”

Jewelle GomezThe Gilda Stories

Sara GranCome Closer

Elizabeth Hand: Generation Loss; Saffron and Brimstone; The Bride of Frankenstein

Patricia Highsmith: The Blunderer; The Talented Mr. Ripley and sequels; Strangers on a Train; The Cry of the Owl; The Tremor of Forgery; This Sweet Sickness; Those Who Walk Away; Little Tales of Misogyny

Susan HillThe Woman in Black; The Man in the Picture; The Mist in the Mirror

Elizabeth Saxnay Holding:  The Blank Wall; Lady Killer; Who’s Afraid?

A. M. Homes: The End of Alice

Dorothy B. HughesThe Expendable Man; In a Lonely Place; The Blackbirder; Ride the Pink Horse

Margaret IrwinStill She Wished for Company

Shirley JacksonThe Haunting of Hill House; We Have Always Lived in the Castle; The Sundial; Hangsaman; The Bird’s Nest; Come Along with Me; The Road Through the Wall; “The Lottery”

Liz JensenThe Uninvited

Caitlín R. KiernanSilk; Threshold; The Red Tree; The Drowning Girl

Natsuo KirinoGrotesque; Real World

Kathe KojaThe CipherSkin

Sarah LanganThe Keeper; The Missing; Audrey’s Door

Kelly LinkMagic for Beginners; Stranger Things Happen; Pretty Monsters; Get in Trouble

Jennifer McMahonThe Winter People

Margaret MillarA Stranger in My Grave

L. M. MontgomeryAmong the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side

Toni MorrisonBeloved

Helen Nielsen: After Midnight

Flannery O’Connor: A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Joyce Carol OatesZombie; Haunted

Lauren OliverRooms

Helen OyeyemiWhite Is for Witching

Michelle PaverDark Matter

Jennifer PellandUnwelcome Bodies

Sarah RayneHouse of the Lost; A Dark Dividing

Ruth Rendell/Barbara VineNo Night Is Too Long; A Dark-Adapted Eye; A Sight for Sore Eyes

Anne RiceInterview with the Vampire; The Vampire Lestat

Karen RussellSt. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves; Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Mary ShelleyFrankenstein

Lionel ShriverWe Need to Talk About Kevin

Anne Rivers SiddonsThe House Next Door

Simone St. JamesThe Haunting of Maddy Clare

Donna TarttThe Secret History

Lisa TuttleA Nest of Nightmares

Sarah WatersThe Little Stranger; Affinity

Sarah Weinman, editorTroubled Daughters, Twisted Wives

Kim Wilkins: The Resurrectionists

Jeanette WintersonThe Daylight Gate

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