It’s Friday the 13th! Which means not only is it Friday, but it’s the unluckiest day of the month. Why not turn your luck around (and get your weekend off to a great start) with some spooky Friday the 13th reads?
I asked the reviewers at JLR what their favorite creepy and eerie reads are, and here’s what some of them recommend:
My Friday the 13th choices would have to be In A Dark Wood and The Parting Glass (In A Dark Wood 2) by the wonderful Josh Lanyon. While not outright scary, the books have a good creep factor and a certain eerie tension that keep you guessing as to what’s going to happen next. The romance in these books is complicated and emotional with probably one of the best endings Josh Lanyon has ever written (The Parting Glass). A perfect Friday the 13th read 🙂
Stygian, by Santino Hassell. You get the entire creepy package with Stygian from gorgeous cover to cover. It’s a refreshing twist on a traditional vampire story with a setting so rich in detail you can almost feel the Louisiana heat and the eeriness of the swampland. If that’s not enough, the mysterious characters have so much depth you’ll still be thinking about them days later and wanting to know more. It may be spooky but it’s the fantastic writing that’ll keep you up at night. Spend some time with these hot, angsty rockers as their summer retreat turns adventurous when turmoil brews and trouble arises.
I adore the Josh of the Damned series by Andrea Speed! It’s not even horror, but it’s still so appropriate for Friday the 13th! It’s a mini-series set in a gas station that happens to be a gateway for creatures from the beyond to come get snacks. Josh, the MC, is hilarious, and I love every one of these stories! Zombies craving frozen burritos, vampires (a particularly sexy one just happens to be Josh’s boyfriend!), and giant anthropomorphic mustaches abound!
One of the most fantastic and eerie series I’ve ever read is the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price. DMac actually introduced it to me, and it was basically my gateway into M/M. The MC, Victor Bayne, sees ghosts, and there are some seriously horrifying scenes as he works with the Chicago PD to solve crimes. Plus his relationship with fellow Detective (and non-psychic) Jacob is off-the-charts sexy! It’s currently seven novels and several short stories, so plenty to keep you busy this Friday the 13th!
It’s been a while since I’ve read any good paranormal/horror, but I have to concur with Stygian by Santino Hassell. The band’s descent into darkness, the other-worldness quality of the mansion and the enigmatic Caroways, and the hazy quality of the hot summer days all made for a beautiful gothic tale. It had a nice slow burn and even when things went sideways for Jeremy and Kennedy, I wasn’t quite sure they weren’t just imagining things. Also, bonus points for taking me way back to my vampire-loving days!
The so-subtle shift into darkness which is what I love best about Stygian reminded me of my love for Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. It’s not recent or romantic, but it still gives me the chills every time I pick it up. Gaiman’s simple prose, Coraline’s lonely meanderings and that blurred line between a little girl’s keen imagination and out-and-out horror really sets the book apart. You also can’t go wrong with illustrations by Dave McKean and I thought the stop-motion film adaptation captured the feel of the book quite nicely.
The books that scared me most lately are also Stygian [by Santino Hassell] and then A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson.
Stygian compelled to me so much because of its eerie vibe and spiralling feel of horror. Everything was so sunny on the outside but it felt unnatural and wrong and you just knew things would get ugly. Loved the mind-games as well, how Jeremy was so suggestive to what he thought he wanted/needed to hear.
A Frost of Cares is a haunted house story with a scary ghost. The story is really, really fucking scary from time to time and you just want to never go to sleep again, but it’s also super lovely because it has a great love story, two incredibly great protagonists, and banter and everything.