5 horror novels by women to read right now

Read these female authors after dark – if you dare.

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Everyone loves a good ghost story. But at the end of the night, we know there aren’t really skeletons in the closet or monsters under the bed. History, however, can often terrify us in ways fiction can’t – not only are the events horrifying, but they’re also true, and that can be much tougher for a reader to shake. In her acclaimed novel The Hunger, Alma Katsu takes inspiration from one of the most chilling instances in American history: The Donner Party. The result, says Vulture, “is as rich in history as it is disturbing.”

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