5 horror novels by women to read right now

Read these female authors after dark – if you dare.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We couldn’t in good faith leave Shirley Jackson off this list, especially when there’s such a vibrant interest in her work lately (see: Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House series, an upcoming film adaptation for “The Lottery,” Ruth Franklin’s acclaimed biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, etc.) Published in 1962, the novel was Jackson’s last, published just three years before the author died. The book is considered by many to be Jackson’s best, though it’s the characters, not the supernatural, that make this book so haunting after you finish it. (And if you’re the read-before-you-see-the-film type, order this book now – the film based on Jackson’s novel is out now.)


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