4 Essential Slasher Novels to Devour

As horror fans we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to variety in slasher movies, although novels of the same ilk are harder to come by here’s four essential you need to read.

Jinxed by Thommy Hutson

Set in an elite private school on an island, the students are stalked by a mysterious killer as the dark past of the facility is revealed.

Played very much in the same vein as the Scream series, Jinxed is a whodunnit? type of plot which keeps you engrossed throughout with some creative kills and intense scenes.

A sequel to Jinxed is currently being written.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

It’s a seldomly explored plot thread for slashers but Riley Sager’s Final Girls focuses on a young girl’s attempt to put her life back together after surviving a massacre.

When a support group of former victims start showing up dead, Quincy must face up to her past and battle with a new killer who has found their next target.

Much like Jinxed this story will keep you guessing until Sager decides to reveal all his cards, with clues sprinkled throughout this tale; it’s one of the finest thrillers of recent years.

Also worth checking out is Sager’s The Last Time I Lied.

Kill River by Cameron Roubique

Taking its plot threads from summer camp slashics such as Friday the 13th, The Burning and Sleepaway Camp, Kill River pits a group of four teens against a maniacal killer in an abandoned water park.

Using the setting to its full advantage Roubique creates some intense scenes and even more brutal kills.

A sequel has also been released with a third book in the series on its way.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Although slightly tamer than the books we’ve mentioned, this slasher invades Americana as a small town is left bewildered by a mysterious killer.

Main character Makani is dealing with a mysterious past as she’s caught in the crosshairs of the killer, who has the habit of being able to slip into homes without detection.

This is currently being adapted by Netflix for a feature directed by Creep and Creep 2 helmer Patrick Brice.

Are there any slasher books we missed? Let us know your recommendations in the comments.

1 comment

  1. ‘The Rules’ by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie is another entertaining and fun slasher read!!

    Also, ‘The Dead List’ by Jennifer L Armentrout.


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