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Old 06-08-19, 01:14 PM
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Please Recommend A Good Psychological Thriller/Horror Novel

I've been in the mood to read a good psychological thriller/ horror novel for some time, but haven't had much luck searching goodreads.com or Amazon. Just wondering if anyone here that is a fan of the genre has any suggestions or recommendations. I've been through all the popular bestsellers out there such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Thomas Harris, but was hoping to find something genuinely scary and thought provoking that has somehow slipped under the radar. Thanks!
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I've been in the mood to read a good psychological thriller/ horror novel for some time, but haven't had much luck searching goodreads.com or Amazon. Just wondering if anyone here that is a fan of the genre has any suggestions or recommendations. I've been through all the popular bestsellers out there such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Thomas Harris, but was hoping to find something genuinely scary and thought provoking that has somehow slipped under the radar. Thanks!
I haven't read too much new psychological thriller/horror recently. But looking through my Goodreads history, books in that genre that I've given good ratings for were:

A Headful of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. Both novels were ambiguous about whether there was an actual supernatural at play (and I think that ambiguity is what accounts for many of the negative Goodreads reviews). Both were relatively short and effective (I thought) at building up tension and atmosphere, while leaving you something to think about at the end.

I really enjoyed Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes. Blurbs compared it a lot to The Girl on the Bridge (which I'm assuming was mainstream enough for you to have heard of and probably read), and the negative Goodreads reviewers were mostly people who couldn't handle it when things went in a very different direction than that book. Though if you're a fan of King and Koontz I wouldn't think that would be a problem. This is certainly a book that is best if you go into it knowing as little as possible.

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Old 06-08-19, 05:32 PM
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Read The Hot Zone. Although it's based on actual events, it's definitely a thriller. Richard Preston is an excellent storyteller.
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Read The Hot Zone. Although it's based on actual events, it's definitely a thriller. Richard Preston is an excellent storyteller.
I just started this book and working my way through the first couple chapters. Horrifying stuff.
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The Greg Iles trilogy, Natchez Burning is really good
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Not so much horror but House of Leaves is a book I'll never forget.
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Some recent favorite titles. Check out the authors' other books too.

THE CRONING by Laird Barron
ILL WILL by Dan Chaon
LAST DAYS by Brian Evenson
LEAST OF MY SCARS by Stephen Graham Jones
THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS by Jason Arnopp
THE HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS by Adam Nevill
FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin
A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS by Paul Tremblay

r/horrorlit/ is a great resource for more

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Old 07-16-19, 09:42 PM
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Re: Please Recommend A Good Psychological Thriller/Horror Novel

14, The Fold, and to a lesser extent Paradox Bound by Peter Clines. Thrillers, horrors, and/or sci-fi reminiscent of King.

14 and The Fold are in the same "universe", along with other Clines novels.
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