Winter is a great time to read. There’s more down time in your life because the weather limits you from outdoor activities. The isolated feel of the weather and the early sundown also set the ideal mood for a good horror tale. Here are some great horror fiction stories and books to read during the winter months. They all have winter themes running through them, cold, snow, holidays, and isolation.
Winter Reading List
The Windego – Algernon Blackwood Christmas Eve at Aunt Elsie’s – Thomas Ligotti The Chimney – Ramsey Campbell The Vending Machine – Mark Lukens The Glamour of the Snow – Algernon Blackwood At the Mountains of Madness – HP Lovecraft The Yattering and Jack – Clive Barker
Who Goes There – John W. Campbell Storm of the Century – Stephen King The Shining- Stephen King Winter Wake – Rick Hatula A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens Frankenstein – Mary Shelley Dead of Winter – Brian Moreland Snow – Ronald Malfi NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
—————————————- If you have any more suggestions, leave them in the comments. I would love to know your favorite winter theme horror stories…and I’ll add them to the list.
Suspended in Dusk Edited by Simon Dewar Anthology – various authors
Suspended in Dusk adheres to a general theme. Dusk can be foreboding, the onset of night. It can mean the end of an era or a life. As expressed in the introduction by Jack Ketchum, it can also be a time of transition. Here we find a collection of high quality horror tales to thrill and chill the discerning horror reader. In Shadows of the Lonely Dead by Alan Baxter we find a benefit for an old age home nurse who has witnessed too much death. Next is the small town horror that emerges from the forest, looking for human sacrifices in, At Dusk They Come by Armand Rosamillia.
A Woman of Disrepute by Icy Sedgwick is written in old style gothic, which is a style I enjoy reading. The Ministry of Outrage is an intelligent socio-political commentary that oozes unfathomable truths about the human race and our penchant for violence. Extra kudos to Chris Limb for this offering.
Reasons to Kill by J. C. Michael is one of my fave stories in the book. It pulls you in and keeps twisting, wringing the tension tighter and tighter. It is a fantastic story of zombie infection and vampire lore that feels organically original. Ramsey Campbell contributes to the anthology with a frightening variation on a buried alive story called, Digging Deep. Reading it imparts the feeling of claustrophobia and the desperation in the man’s pleas for help are unnerving.
There are many other great stories to read here, each with their own unique style and tone. Hats off to editor, Simon Dewar, for choosing tales that are top notch horror entertainment and delivering one of the best horror fiction anthologies I’ve read in some time.